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"Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way." -
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Top 5 quotes from Marcel Proust
"The only paradise is paradise lost."
"If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time."
"It is often hard to bear the tears that we ourselves have caused."
"The paradoxes of today are the prejudices of tomorrow, since the most benighted and the most deplorable prejudices have had their moment of novelty when fashion lent them its fragile grace."
"I perceived that to express those impressions, to write that essential book, which is the only true one, a great writer does not, in the current meaning of the word, invent it, but, since it exists already in each one of us, interprets it. The duty and the task of a writer are those of an interpreter."
Top 5 quotes from Clever Jabs, Talking
"It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true."
"None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them."
"No man ever listened himself out of a job."
"What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to."
"People have to talk about something just to keep their good voice boxes in working order, so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say."