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Quotation by Marcel Proust
There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory.
Marcel Proust (1871–1922), French novelist. Elstir, in Within a Budding Grove, pt. 2, "Seascape, with Frieze of Girls," Remembrance of Things Past, vol. 4 (1918), trans. by Scott Moncrieff (1924).
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