"A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Marcel Proust on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Marcel Proust on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Marcel Proust on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Marcel Proust on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Marcel Proust on Ernest Hemingway
"Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces."
"It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body."
"Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees."
"A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves."
"Words do not change their meanings so drastically in the course of centuries as, in our minds, names do in the course of a year or two."