Love Quotes and Sayings

Marcel Proust Love Quotes and Sayings

Marcel Proust Love Quotes and Sayings

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

2. What a profound significance small things assume when the woman we love conceals them from us.

3. In his younger days a man dreams of possessing the heart of the woman whom he loves; later, the feeling that he possesses the heart of a woman may be enough to make him fall in love with her.

4. 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 as insignificant as the comma bacillus.

5. Love is a striking example of how little reality means to us.

6. Love is not vain because it is frustrated, but because it is fulfilled. The people we love turn to ashes when we possess them.

7. Love is space and time measured by the heart.

8. It was she whom I loved and whom I could not therefore see without that anxiety, without that desire for something more, which destroys in us, in the presence of the person we love, the sensation of loving.


Excerpt from Wikipedia: Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust (10 July 1871 – 18 November 1922) was a French novelist, critic and essayist best known for his monumental À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time; earlier translated as Remembrance of Things Past). It was published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927.

Sayings by Marcel Proust

1. As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.

2. Every reader finds himself. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.

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

4. In theory one is aware that the earth revolves, but in practice one does not perceive it, the ground upon which one treads seems not to move, and one can live undisturbed. So it is with Time in one’s life.

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

6. Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way.

7. We must never be afraid to go too far, for truth lies beyond.

8. We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.

9. Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them.

10. Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.

#11 La Prisonnière, Remembrance of Things Past (In Search of Lost Time)

11. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

12. Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.

13. It comes so soon, the moment when there is nothing left to wait for.

14. We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.

15. Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade.

16. My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.

17. For neither our greatest fears nor our greatest hopes are beyond the limits of our strength – we are able in the end both to dominate the first and to achieve the second.