Quotation by Marcel Proust

... what I needed to help me go to sleep happy, with untroubled peacefulness that no mistress since then was able to give me because I doubted them at the very time at which I believed in them and because I never possessed their hearts in the way received my mother's heart, totally and without the reservations of an afterthought, without the relics of the intentions directed towards someone other than me—was that my mother be the one who lean towards me that face where appeared under the eye something which seemed to be a flaw, but which I loved as much as the rest....
Marcel Proust (1871–1922), French novelist. Nouvelle Revue Française (1913). Remembrance of Things Past, vol. I, Swann's Way, p. 185, Pléiade (1954).
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