Remembrance: Marcel Proust #66

Remembrance: Marcel Proust
Part #66
Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”

Imperceptible

“We believe
that we can change
the things around us
in accordance
with our desires—
we believe it
because otherwise
we can see no
favourable outcome.

We do not think
of the outcome
which generally
comes to pass
and is also favourable:
we do not succeed
in changing things
in accordance
with our desires,
but gradually
our desires change.
The situation
that we hoped
to change
because
it was intolerable
becomes unimportant
to us.

We have failed
to surmount the obstacle,
as we were absolutely
determined to do,
but life has taken us
round it,
led us beyond it,
and then
if we turn round
to gaze into the distance
of the past,
we can barely
see it,
so imperceptible
has it become.”

― Marcel Proust

ghost of proust at grave