Proust: Notions of Individuality

“Remembrance of Things Past”
Apr 9th Part #93


“None of us constitutes a material whole, identical for everyone, which a person has only to go look up as though we were a book of specifications or a last testament; our social personality is a creation of the minds of others. Even the very simple act that we call “seeing a person we know” is in part an intellectual one. We fill the physical appearance of the individual we see with all the notions we have about him, and of the total picture that we form for ourselves, these notions certainly occupy the greater part.” ― Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way

ghost of proust at grave

One thought on “Proust: Notions of Individuality

  1. “A man lost his axe and believed his neighbour’s son had stolen it. The more he thought about it the more convinced he became, and every time he saw the boy his manner and expressions made his guilt beyond doubt. Then the man came across the axe when he cleared out his manure pit. When he met the boy again he appeared obviously to be the most honest young fellow anyone could hope to meet.”

    – Lieh Tzu.


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