Quotes from Proust XXVII: A frivolous theme will serve as well as a serious one for a study of the laws of character

A work in which there are theories is like an object which still has its price-tag on it. (And as to the choice of theme, a frivolous theme will serve as well as a serious one for a study of the laws of character, in the same way that a prosector can study the laws of anatomy as well in the body of an imbecile as in that of a man of talent, since the great moral laws, like the laws of the circulation of the blood or of renal elimination, vary scarcely at all with the intellectual merit of individuals.)

People who lack the artistic sense, who lack, that is to say, the faculty of submitting to the reality within themselves,

When one reads, one likes to be transported into a new world, and working men have as much curiosity about princes as princes about working men.

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