Proust: The Effect of Habit Being Destroyed | Remembrance of Things Pass #158

THE EFFECT OF HABIT BEING DESTROYED

“The anaesthetic effect of habit being destroyed, I would begin to think – and to feel – such melancholy things.”

“Certainly, it is more reasonable to devote one’s life to women than to postage stamps, old snuff-boxes, or even to paintings and statues.”

“After a certain age, and even if we develop in quite different ways, the more we become ourselves, the more our family traits are accentuated.”

“In theory one is aware that the earth revolves, but in practice one does not perceive it, the ground upon which one treads seems not to move, and one can live undisturbed. So it is with Time in one’s life.”

“We imagine always when we speak that it is our own ears, our own mind, that are listening.”
― Marcel Proust

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