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Marcel Proust



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

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    Our intonations contain our philosophy of life, what each of us is constantly telling himself about things

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    Life is extraordinarily suave and sweet with certain natural, witty, affectionate people who have unusual distinction and are capable of every vice, but who make a display of none in public and about whom no one can affirm they have a single one. There is something supple and secret about them. Besides, their perversity gives spice to their most innocent occupations, such as taking a walk in the garden at night.

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    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.

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

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    There can be no piece of mind in love, since the advantage one has secured is never anything but a fresh starting-point for future desires

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

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    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 so insignificant as the comma bacillus.

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    Love is a reciprocal torture.

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    Love is space and time measured by the heart.

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    We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.

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