Quotation by Marcel Proust

He admired the terrible recreative power of his memory. It was only with the weakening of this generator whose fecundity diminishes with age that he could hope for his torture to be appeased. But it appeared that the power to make him suffer of one of Odette's statements seemed exhausted, then one of these statements on which Swann's spirit had until then not dwelled, an almost new word relayed the others and struck him with new vigor.
Marcel Proust (1871–1922), French novelist. Nouvelle Revue Française (1913). Remembrance of Things Past, vol. I, Swann's Way, p. 368, Pléiade (1954).
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