Thursday, 1 September 2011

OUR MONTHLY MARCEL


Despite my strict instruction, the days just keep rolling on. Apparently it's already September 1. So it's time once again for a little advice from our our man Marcel:

"Habit forms the style of the writer just as much as the character of the man, and the author who has more than once been content to attain, in the expression of his thoughts, to a certain kind of attractiveness, in so doing lays down unalterably the boundaries of his talent, just as, in succumbing too often to pleasure, to laziness, to the fear of being put to trouble, one traces for oneself, on a character which it will finally be impossible to retouch, the lineaments of one's vices and the limits of one's virtues."

Marcel Proust, IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME

3 comments:

  1. Nice passage, though a bit complicated! I love your monthly Marcel posts!

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  2. interesting advice. I'd keep it in mind.

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  3. I do try and always remember it myself! I love the idea that you can actually choose to shape yourself, rather than that you just have to put up with how you are today for the rest of your life!

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