Quotes by Marcel Proust

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

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

"Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life."

"Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were."

"Every reader, as he reads, is actually the reader of himself. The writer's work is only a kind of optical instrument he provides the reader so he can discern what he might never have seen in himself without this book. The reader's recognition in himself of what the book says is the proof of the book's truth."


Books by Marcel Proust

  • Madame Bovary
  • 270,394 ratings
  • May 22nd 2014 by Newton Compton

    (first published 1857)

  • I fratelli Karamàzov
  • 260,597 ratings
  • 2017 by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore

    (first published November 18th 1879)

  • I fiori del male
  • 53,974 ratings
  • May 10th 2017 by Mondadori

    (first published June 25th 1857)

  • Swann's Way
  • 51,042 ratings
  • November 30th 2004 by Penguin Classics

    (first published November 14th 1913)

  • The Guermantes Way
  • 7,770 ratings
  • May 31st 2005 by Penguin Classics

    (first published 1920)

Marcel Proust
  • Marcel Proust

  • Date of birth: July 10, 1871
  • Died: November 18, 1922
  • Born: in Auteuil, France.

  • Description: French novelist, best known for his 3000 page masterpiece À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time), a pseudo-autobiographical novel told mostly in a stream-of-consciousness style.

    Born in the first year of the Third Republic, the young Marcel, like his narrator, was a delicate child from a bourgeois family. He was active in Parisian high society during the 80s and 90s, welcomed in the most fashionable and exclusive salons of his day. However, his position there was also one of an outsider, due to his Jewishness and homosexuality. Towards the end of 1890s Proust began to withdraw more and more from society, and although he was never entirely reclusive, as is sometimes made out, he lapsed more completely into his lifelong tendency to sleep during the day and work at night. He was also plagued with severe asthma, which had troubled him intermittently since childhood, and a terror of his own death, especially in case it should come before his novel had been completed. The first volume, after some difficulty finding a publisher, came out in 1913, and Proust continued to work with an almost inhuman dedication on his masterpiece right up until his death in 1922, at the age of 51.

    Today he is widely recognised as one of the greatest authors of the 20th Century, and À la recherche du temps perdu as one of the most dazzling and significant works of literature to be written in modern times.