Perspectives; Marcel Proust

Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust (1871 – 1922) was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu ( In Search of Lost Time ; earlier rendered as Remembrance of Things Past ), published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927. He is considered by critics and writers to be one of the most influential authors of the 20th century.

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

“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."

“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us…We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.”

"The lives that you admire, the attitudes that seem noble to you, have not been shaped by a paterfamilias or a schoolmaster, they have sprung from very different beginnings, having been influenced by an evil or a commonplace that prevailed round them. They represent a struggle and a victory.”

“There is no one, no matter how wise he is, who has not in his youth said
things or done things that are so unpleasant to recall in later life that

he would expunge them entirely from his memory if that were possible.”

“Many years have passed since that night. The wall of the staircase up which I had watched the light of his candle gradually climb was long ago demolished. And in myself, too, many things have perished which I imagined would last for ever, and new ones have arisen, giving birth to new sorrows and new joys which in those days I could not have foreseen, just as now the old are hard to understand.”


I love Proust. However, his books are too expensive for me, an empty-pockets college student, to concievably afford. Unless I pass on purchasing my textbooks :slightly_smiling_face:.

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I ran across a collection of his at my sister’s house. She’s away at the moment so I could probably send them to you. lol

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All good! Can’t pick a favorite today!

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Perhaps nibble on a Madeleine while you ponder your choice … :wink:


Great idea! Got any?

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Yum! Have some! Here some hot beverages! :coffee: :coffee: :coffee:

I remember baking Madeleines and then eating them while reading this book.


I just want to say—how nerdy are we? :rofl:



And proud.

Now run before I start talking about Tolkien.


What captures my attention is how this extended novel that explores perversity in human sexuality is being discussed with what appears to be a certain level of glee on a Catholic forum. What gives? Proust celebrates fin de siecle licentiousness as being a normative - and perhaps even respectable - social behavior (which it most certainly is not), and he does so without offering any real kind of moral caution whatsoever. The narrator simply observes but does not assess. He lacks judgement. Does he lack a conscience? I do not question Proust’s skill as a writer (anymore than I would Robert Mapplethorpe’s skill as a photographer); and the descriptive power of his prose is quite evident, but his subject matter (like Mapplethorpe’s) is disturbingly off. There’s a heck of a lot more going on within the pages of À la recherche du temps perdu than the taste of Madeleines.

Each day, the OP posts quotes from different people. Today’s is not a discussion of a book. I don’t even know what book it is from. We are commenting on the quotes and eating Madelines as you can clearly see.Perhaps you can look at some of the OP’s numerous other threads to see what I mean.

No cause for alarm.


It was a joke. And one does not have to agree with the moral principles of every character in literature nor that character’s author in order to discuss a book.

Or to take a quote out of context and like it as a stand alone.

I’m new to the forums so I don’t have the “swing” of it yet. Please forgive me my forwardness. I will endeavor to be more cautious in the future.



No problem. Watch for @CelticWarlord’s new threads each day and join us! :slightly_smiling_face:

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My sincere thanks for your kind endorsement. I should point out, however, that my Perspectives postings number only about 4 per week on average. This will be good news for some. LOL

Well, it seems like everyday to people that don’t regularly come to CAF. :wink:
Like we do! :slight_smile:

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