Marcel Proust Quotes
This labour of the artist to discover a means of apprehending beneath matter and experience, beneath words, something different from their appearance, is of an exactly contrary nature to the operation in which pride, passion, intelligence and habit are constantly engaged within us when we spend our lives without self-communion, accumulating as though to hide our true impressions, the terminology for practical ends which we falsely call life.
Variant: Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.
Variant: All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.
Variant: It is always during a passing state of mind that we make lasting resolutions.
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.