Marcel Proust
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"Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust" was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time; earlier translated as Remembrance of Things Past), published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest authors of all time.

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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.

We are healed from suffering only by experiencing it to the full.

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

Those whose suffering is due to love are, as we say of certain invalids, their own physicians.

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

The only paradise is paradise lost.

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.

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

It is a mistake to speak of a bad choice in love, since as soon as a choice exists, it can only be bad.

One of a hostess's duties is to act as procuress.

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

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

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.

Only through art can we get outside of ourselves and know another's view of the universe.

There is no one, no matter how wise he is, who has not in his youth said things or done things that are so unpleasant to recall in later life that he would expunge them entirely from his memory if that were possible.

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

The one thing more difficult than following a regimen is not imposing it on others.

The charms of a passing woman are usually in direct relation to the speed of her passing.

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

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.