Remembrance: Marcel Proust #82

Remembrance: Marcel Proust
Part #82

Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”

SOMETHING PRECIOUS

“She poured out Swann’s tea,
inquired “Lemon or cream?”
and, on his answering “Cream, please,”
said to him with a laugh:
“A cloud!”

And as he pronounced it excellent,
“You see, I know just how you like it.”
This tea had indeed seemed to Swann,
just as it seemed to her;
something precious,
and love has such a need
to find some justification for itself,
some guarantee of duration,
in pleasures which without it
would have no existence
and must cease with its passing.”

― Marcel Proust

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Remembrance: Marcel Proust #81

Remembrance: Marcel Proust
Part 81

Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”

BREAKING AGAINST THE ROCKS

“I was merely making
more perceptible
that binary rhythm
which love adopts
in all those
who have
too little confidence
in themselves
to believe
that a woman
can ever fall
in love with them,
and also
that they themselves
can genuinely fall
in love with her.

They know themselves
well enough
to have observed
that in the presence
of the most divergent
types of woman
they felt
the same hopes,
the same agonies,
invented the same romances,
uttered the same words,
and to have realised
therefore that
their feelings,
their actions,
bear no close
and necessary relation
to the woman
they love,
but pass
to one side
of her,
splash her,
encircle her,
like the incoming tide
breaking against
the rocks,
and their sense
of their own instability
increases still further
their misgivings
that this woman,
by whom they so long
to be loved,
does not love them.”

― Marcel Proust

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Remembrance: Marcel Proust #80

Remembrance: Marcel Proust
Part #80

Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”

ILLUSION OF UNITY

“For what we supposed
to be our love
or our jealousy
is never a single,
continuous
and
indivisible passion.

It is composed
of an infinity
of successive loves,
of different jealousies,
each of which is ephemeral,
although
by their uninterrupted
multiplicity
they give us
the impression
of continuity,
the illusion
of unity.”

― Marcel Proust

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Remembrance: Marcel Proust #79

Remembrance: Marcel Proust
Part #79

Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”

TIME IS ELASTIC

“We don’t receive wisdom
we must discover it
for ourselves.”

― Marcel Proust

“The time
which we have
at our disposal
every day
is elastic;
the passions
that we feel
expand it,
those that we inspire
contract it;
and habit
fills up
what remains.”

― Marcel Proust

“…a writer’s works,
like the water
in an artesian well,
mount to a height
which is in proportion
to the depth
to which suffering
has penetrated
his soul.”

― Marcel Proust

“Most of the supposed
expressions
of our feelings
merely relieve us
of them
by drawing them out of us
in an indistinct form
that does not teach us
to know them.”

― Marcel Proust

“There are mountainous,
arduous days,
up which one takes
an infinite time
to climb,
and downward-sloping days
which one can descend
at full tilt,
singing as one goes.”

― Marcel Proust

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Remembrance: Marcel Proust #78

Remembrance: Marcel Proust
Part #78

Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”

HEDGE OF HAWTHORNS

“For often
I have wished
to see a person again
without realising
that it was simply
because that person
recalled to me
a hedge of hawthorns
in blossom,
and I have been led
to believe,
and to make
someone else believe,
in a renewal
of affection,
by what was
no more than
an inclination
to travel.”

Marcel Proust

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Remembrance: Marcel Proust #77

Remembrance: Marcel Proust
Part #77

Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”

THE OBSCURITY

“What we have
not had
to decipher,
to elucidate
by our own efforts,
what was clear
before we looked at it,
is not ours.

From ourselves
comes only that
which we drag forth
from the obscurity
which lies within us,
that which to others
is unknown.”

― Marcel Proust

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Remembrance: Marcel Proust #76

Remembrance: Marcel Proust
Part #76

Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”

OUR BELIEFS

“Facts do not find
their way into the world
in which our beliefs reside;
they did not produce
our beliefs,
they do not destroy them;
they may inflict on them
the most constant refutations
without weakening them,
and an avalanche
of afflictions
or ailments succeeding
one another
without interruption
in a family
will not make it doubt
the goodness of its God
or the talent of its doctor.”

― Marcel Proust

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