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Art
Engrave this Quote A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.
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-Marcel Proust
Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote I perceived that to express those impressions, to write that essential book, which is the only true one, a great writer does not, in the current meaning of the word, invent it, but, since it exists already in each one of us, interprets it. The duty and the task of a writer are those of an interpreter.
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-Marcel Proust
Body, the
Engrave this Quote It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body.
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Change
Engrave this Quote Things don't change, but by and by our wishes change.
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Charisma
Engrave this Quote The charms of the passing woman are generally in direct proportion to the swiftness of her passing.
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Creativity
Engrave this Quote I understood that all the material of a literary work was in my past life, I understood that I had acquired it in the midst of frivolous amusements, in idleness, in tenderness and in pain, stored up by me without my divining its destination or even its survival, as the seed has in reserve all the ingredients which will nourish the plant.
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Death
Engrave this Quote 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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Deception/Lying
Engrave this Quote Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true.
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Engrave this Quote Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit.
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-Marcel Proust
Decisions
Engrave this Quote Impelled by a state of mind which is destined not to last, we make our irrevocable decisions.
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-Marcel Proust
Engrave this Quote All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.
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Desires
Engrave this Quote We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.
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-Marcel Proust
Engrave this Quote 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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Discovery
Engrave this Quote The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes, in seeing the universe with the eyes of another, of hundreds of others, in seeing the hundreds of universes that each of them sees.
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-Marcel Proust
Doctors
Engrave this Quote The mistakes made by doctors are innumerable. They err habitually on the side of optimism as to treatment, of pessimism as to the outcome.
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Engrave this Quote For each illness that doctors cure with medicine, they provoke ten in healthy people by inoculating them with the virus that is a thousand times more powerful than any microbe: the idea that one is ill.
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-Marcel Proust
Dreams
Engrave this Quote When the mind has a tendency to dream, it is a mistake to keep dreams away from it, to ration its dreams. So long as you distract your mind from its dreams, it will not know them for what they are; you will always be being taken in by the appearance of things, because you will not have grasped their true nature. If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time. One must have a thorough understanding of one
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-Marcel Proust, Within A Budding Grove Vol. 2 of Remembrance of Things Past
Expectation
Engrave this Quote A cathedral, a wave of storm, a dancer's leap, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped.
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-Marcel Proust
Face, Faces
Engrave this Quote The features of our face are hardly more than gestures which force of habit made permanent. Nature, like the destruction of Pompeii, like the metamorphosis of a nymph into a tree, has arrested us in an accustomed movement.
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Greatness & Great Things
Engrave this Quote Everything we think of as great has come to us from neurotics. It is they and they alone who found religions and create great works of art. The world will never realize how much it owes to them, and what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts on it.
original French: Tout ce que nous connaissons de grand nous vient des nerveux. Ce sont eux et non pas d
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-Marcel Proust, Guermantes Way, 1921
Habits
Engrave this Quote The regularity of a habit is generally in proportion to its absurdity.
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Happiness
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Engrave this Quote Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible.
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Ideas
Engrave this Quote A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.
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Illness, Disease, Sickness
Engrave this Quote 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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-Marcel Proust

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