Saturday, July 27, 2019

Quote of the Day (Marcel Proust, on Changing People and Fixed Memory)

“[N]othing is more painful than this contrast between the mutability of people and the fixity of memory, when it is borne in upon us that what has preserved so much freshness in our memory can no longer possess any trace of that quality in life, that we cannot now, outside ourselves, approach and behold again what inside our mind seems so beautiful, what excites in us a desire (a desire apparently so individual) to see it again, except by seeking it in a person of the same age, by seeking it, that is to say, in a different person.” —French novelist Marcel Proust (1871-1922), Time Regained, Vol. 6 of In Search of Lost Time (1927)

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