Quotes from Proust XXXV: life is perpetually weaving fresh threads which link one individual and one event to another

Certainly, if he was thinking purely of the human heart, the poet was right when he spoke of the “mysterious threads” which are broken by life. But the truth, even more, is that life is perpetually weaving fresh threads which link one individual and one event to another, and that these threads are crossed and recrossed, doubled and redoubled to thicken the web, so that between any slightest point of our past and all the others a rich network of memories gives us an almost infinite variety of communicating paths to choose from. At every moment of our lives we are surrounded by things and people which once were endowed with a rich emotional significance that they no longer possess.

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