Proust: Measured By the Heart | Remembrance of Things Pass # 180

MEASURED BY THE HEART

“Now are the woods all black, But still the sky is blue.”

“In his younger days a man dreams of possessing the heart of the woman whom he loves; later, the feeling that he possesses the heart of a woman may be enough to make him fall in love with her.”

“Love is space and time measured by the heart.” ― Marcel Proust

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Proust: We Must Discover Wisdom | Remembrance of Things Pass # 179

WE MUST DISCOVER WISDOM

“We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world. The lives that you admire, the attitudes that seem noble to you, have not been shaped by a paterfamilias or a schoolmaster, they have sprung from very different beginnings, having been influenced by evil or commonplace that prevailed round them. They represent a struggle and a victory.” ― Marcel Proust

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Proust: Greatness Is Created By Neurotics | Remembrance of Things Pass # 178

GREATNESS IS CREATED BY NEUROTICS

“Everything great in the world is done by neurotics; they alone founded our religions and created our masterpieces.”

“It is often hard to bear the tears that we ourselves have caused.”

“Love is not vain because it is frustrated, but because it is fulfilled. The people we love turn to ashes when we possess them.”

“The thirst for something other than what we have…to bring something new, even if it is worse, some emotion, some sorrow; when our sensibility, which happiness has silenced like an idle harp, wants to resonate under some hand, even a rough one, and even if it might be broken by it.” ― Marcel Proust

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Proust: The World Multiplying | Remembrance of Things Pass # 177

THE WORLD MULTYPLYING

“Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world only, our own, we see that world multiply itself and we have at our disposal as many worlds as there are original artists, worlds more different one from the other than those which revolve in infinite space, worlds which, centuries after the extinction of the fire from which their light first emanated, whether it is called Rembrandt or Vermeer, send us still each one its special radiance.” ― Marcel Proust

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Proust: Desire Blossoms | Remembrance of Things Pass # 176

DESIRE BLOSSOMS

“We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.”

“Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade. ”

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favorite book.”

“Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have of them.”
― Marcel Proust

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Proust: Bathed in an Aura of Life | Remembrance of Things Pass # 175

BATHED IN AN AURA OF LIFE

“People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of
life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they
continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It
is as though they were traveling abroad.” ― Marcel Proust

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Proust: Is Not Being the True State? | Remembrance of Things Pass # 174

IS NOT BEING THE TRUE STATE?

“Perhaps it is not-being that is the true state, and all our dream of life is inexistent; but, if so, we feel that these phrases of music, these conceptions which exist in relation to our dream, must be nothing either. We shall perish, but we have as hostages these divine captives who will follow and share our fate. And death in their company is somehow less bitter, less inglorious, perhaps even less probable.” ― Marcel Proust

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