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Marcel Proust

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Proust in 1900

Born

Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust
10 July 1871
Auteuil, France

Died

18 November 1922
Paris, France

Occupation

Novelist, essayist, critic

Notable work

In Search of Lost Time

Parent

Adrien Achille Proust Jeanne Clémence Weil

Signature

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Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust , known as Marcel Proust, was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu , published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927. He is considered by critics and writers to be one of the most influential authors of the 20th century.

Proust was born in the Paris Borough of Auteuil at the home of his great-uncle on 10 July 1871, two months after the Treaty of Frankfurt formally ended the Franco-Prussian War. He was born during the violence that surrounded the suppression of the Paris Commune, and his childhood corresponded with the consolidation of the French Third Republic. Much of In Search of Lost Time concerns the vast changes, most particularly the decline of the aristocracy and the rise of the middle classes, that occurred in France during the Third Republic and the fin de siècle.

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

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

Marcel Proust

great alone
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. - Marcel Proust

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.

Marcel Proust

knowledge alone
Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees. - Marcel Proust

Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.

Marcel Proust

art
A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves. - Marcel Proust

A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.

Marcel Proust

change
Words do not change their meanings so drastically in the course of centuries as, in our minds, names do in the course of a year or two. - Marcel Proust

Words do not change their meanings so drastically in the course of centuries as, in our minds, names do in the course of a year or two.

Marcel Proust

change
A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it. - Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

strength communication
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. - Marcel Proust

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.

Marcel Proust

science men freedom
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. - Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

friendship
Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind. - Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

sympathy happiness
Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible. - Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

happiness
Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination. - Marcel Proust

Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination.

Marcel Proust

women men imagination
Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way. - Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

intelligence
Three-quarters of the sicknesses of intelligent people come from their intelligence. They need at least a doctor who can understand this sickness. - Marcel Proust

Three-quarters of the sicknesses of intelligent people come from their intelligence. They need at least a doctor who can understand this sickness.

Marcel Proust

medical intelligence
Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only pain we obey. - Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

medical knowledge
Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first, of which it has neither the cruelties nor the enchantments. - Marcel Proust

Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first, of which it has neither the cruelties nor the enchantments.

Marcel Proust

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. - Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

time