Quotes from Proust VIII: The abdication of reason

It is life that, little by little, case by case, enables us to observe that what is most important to our hearts or to our minds is taught us not by reasoning but by other powers. And then it is the intelligence itself which, acknowledging their superiority, abdicates to them through reasoning and consents to become their collaborator and their servant.

People imagine that they are not afraid of death when they think of it while they are in good health and are actually doing no more than introduce a purely negative idea into a healthy state which the approach of death would precisely alter.

The sources of great events are like those of rivers; in vain do we explore the earth’s surface, we can never find them.


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