Proust Quotes: In Search of Lost Time and Love

Marcel Proust

Not quoting Proust, in philosophy, is a mistake. The search for the lost time is central to modern philosophy. Thinker of love and jealousy in particular, Proust makes us understanding the motivations of the heart and the pangs of love. Thinker of memory as well (famous theory of affective consciousness, evidenced by the madeleine), Proust describes a subjectivity marked by confusion and internal chaos, hopelessly alone with her anguish, finally sentenced to misfortune.

Marcel Proust Quotes 

Proust, subjectivity and others:

– “The links between an individual and we exist only in our thoughts. The memory grows fainter relaxes them, and despite the illusion that we would be fools and where, out of love, friendship, politeness, respect, duty, we cheat others, we exist alone. Man is the creature that can not emerge from himself, who knows other than himself, and saying the opposite, lies ”

Proust and love:

– “Probably few people understand the purely subjective phenomenon which is love, and that’s kind of creation of an additional, distinct from that of the same name in the world, and whose Most items are from ourselves ”

– “Each person is destroyed when we cease to see him, then his next appearance is a new creation, different from that which immediately preceded it, if not all”

– “Love is great, we are not thinking how the real woman there is little room”

– “What is in the presence of the loved one is a negative stereotype, we develop later, once at home, when it was found at his disposal that inner darkroom whose input is pay as you see the world ”

– “Experience should teach me – if she never learned – to love is a curse as there is in those stories, against what we can do nothing until the spell has ended”


Proust and jealousy:

– “This anxiety is to feel that we love being in a place of pleasure where you’re not where we can not reach, it is love that’s him did know, love, which she is somehow predestined, by which it will be captured, specialized, but when, like me, she came to us before he even made an appearance in our lives, it fleet in the meantime, wave and free, without specific allocations in the service one day a sense, the day after another, sometimes the filial affection or friendship for a friend ”

– “Once we dreamed of possessing the heart of the woman he loves; later, feeling that he possesses the heart of a woman may be enough to make you love”

– “With love had disappeared the desire to show he had more love”

– “Happiness can never take place. If circumstances happen to be overcome, the nature of the struggle carried out within and is gradually changing enough so that our heart desires something other than what he will have . And if the episode was so fast that our heart has not had time to change, nature does not despair of it to defeat us, a way later it is true, more subtle but equally effective. Then at the last second that the possession of happiness is taken from us, or rather the same as possession by evil cunning nature burden destroy happiness. Having failed in everything in the domain of facts and life is an impossibility last, the psychological impossibility of happiness, which nature creates. The phenomenon of happiness does not occur or may lead to the most bitter reactions ”

– “Albertine was like a stone around which it has snowed, the generating center of a huge building that rose above the plane of my heart”

– “It is better not to know, to think as little as possible, do not provide any jealousy concrete detail”

Proust and the habit:

– “The influence of anesthetic habit having ceased, I began to think, feel, things so sad”

Proust and the madeleine of memory:

– “When a distant past nothing subsists, after people are dead, after the destruction of things alone, more fragile but more enduring, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and flavor are still long , like souls, remembering, waiting, hoping, the ruin of everything else, and bear unfaltering, in their almost impalpable droplet, the immense edifice of memory”

– “The memory of a certain image is but regret for a moment”

Proust and happiness:

– “We do not know his happiness. It is never as unhappy as we believe”

– “For happiness is only beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind”

– “As for happiness, it has almost only one purpose, making the possible misfortune”

Proust, pain and suffering:

– “Pain is a powerful modifier of the reality of drunkenness”

– “The force that makes the most times around the earth in one second is not electricity, is pain”


Cite this article as: Tim, "Proust Quotes: In Search of Lost Time and Love, March 19, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, March 19, 2012,

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