Quotation by Marcel Proust

In times like ours, where the growing complexity of life leaves us barely the time to read the newspapers, where the map of Europe has endured profound rearrangements and is perhaps on the brink of enduring yet others, where so many threatening and new problems appear everywhere, you will admit it may be demanded of a writer that he be more than a fine wit who makes us forget in idle and byzantine discussions on the merits of pure form ...
Marcel Proust (1871–1922), French novelist. Nouvelle Revue Française (1918). Mr. de Norpois in Remembrance of Things Past, vol. II, Within a Budding Grove, p. 473, Pléiade (1954).
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