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A list of the best Marcel Proust quotes. List is arranged by which ones are the most famous Marcel Proust quotes and which have proven the most popular with visitors to this page. All the top quotes from Marcel Proust should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more quotes by Marcel Proust at the end of the list. This list includes notable Marcel Proust quotes on various subjects; if you are looking for subject-specific quotes, those can also be found on Ranker. Vote on the following Marcel Proust quotations list so that only the greatest quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite Marcel Proust sayings get to the bottom of the list! List contains items like We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance. andThere are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.

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    There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.

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    The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.

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    Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

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    All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.

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    We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it in full.

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    We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.

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    Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces.

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    Impelled by a state of mind which is destined not to last, we make our irrevocable decisions

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    Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination.

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    We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.

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    People have many different kinds of pleasure. The real one is that for which they will forsake the others.

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    There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory.

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    Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible.

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    Often it is just lack of imagination that keeps a man from suffering very much.

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    In a separation it is the one who is not really in loved who says the more tender things.

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    People who are not in love fail to understand how an intelligent man can suffer because of a very ordinary woman. This is like being surprised that anyone should be stricken with cholera because of a creature so insignificant as the comma bacillus.

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    There's nothing like desire to prevent the things one says from having any resemblance to the things in one's mind.

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    Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge we make promise only; pain we obey.

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    If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.

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    A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.

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    The charms of the passing woman are generally in direct proportion to the swiftness of her passing.

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    Neurosis has an absolute genius for malingering. There is no illness which it cannot counterfeit perfectly. If it is capable of deceiving the doctor, how should it fail to deceive the patient?

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    Things don't change, but by and by our wishes change.

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    The regularity of a habit is generally in proportion to its absurdity.