Marcel Proust

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

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


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

“There are maladies we must not seek to cure because they alone protect us from others that are more serious.” [Remembrance of Things Past: The Guermantes Way]