Remembrance: Marcel Proust – Part 1

Remembrance: Marcel Proust

Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”

Marcel-Proust

Part 1

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust

“Always try to keep a patch of sky
above your life.”
― Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way

“The real voyage of discovery consists
not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily
the remembrance of things as they were.”
― Marcel Proust

“Happiness is beneficial for the body,
but it is grief that develops
the powers of the mind.”
― Marcel Proust

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Anais Nin on Proust

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Anais Nin on Proust
Created by Jk the secret keeper
Illustrations by j. kiley
Created 11th January 2014
Posted Sunday 23rd February 2014
A WRITER’S WORD

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Anais Nin

Anais Nin on Proust

If what
Proust said
is true,

that happiness
is the absence
of fever,

then I will
never know
happiness.

For I am
possessed
by a fever

for knowledge,
experience,
and
creation.

I think
I have
an immediate
awareness
in living

which is far
more terrible
and more
painful.

There is
no time
lapse,

no distance
between me
and
the present.

Instantaneous
awareness.

But it is
also true
that
when
I write

afterwards,
I see
much more,

I understand
better,

I develop
and
enrich.

I live
more
on time.

What is
remembered
later

does not
seem
as true
to me.

I have
such
a need
of truth!

It must
be
that need
of immediate
recording

which
incites
me
to write
almost
while
I
am
living,

before
it is
altered,

changed
by distance
or
time.

Marcel-Proust

Marcel Proust

Our Life Hides From Us. . .

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Our Life Hides From Us…
Proust Recitation reading by Alan Rickman
Transposed by Jennifer Kiley
Posted On Saturday 26th October 2013
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Proust Recitation — Alan Rickman

Proust Recitation: Our Life Hides Us…

I think life would seem wonderful to us
If we were threatened suddenly to die
Just think of how many projects,
Travels, love affairs, studies,
It, our life hides from us,
Made invisible by our laziness
Which, certain of the future,
Delays them incessantly.

But let all this threaten to become
Impossible, forever, how beautiful
It would become again!
Ah! If only the cataclysm doesn’t happen
This time, we won’t miss visiting the galleries
Of the Louvre, throwing ourselves at the feet
Of Miss X, making a trip to India.

The cataclysm doesn’t happen, we don’t do
Any of it, because we find ourselves back
In the heart of normal life, where negligence
Deadens desire, and yet we shouldn’t have
Needed the cataclysm to love life today. It
Would have been enough to think that we are
Humans, and that death may come that evening.

~ Marcel Proust
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