Proust on Neurotics

“Submit to being called a neurotic.  You belong to that splendid and pitiable family which is the salt of the earth.  Everything we think of as great as come to us from neurotics.  It is they and they alone who found religions and create great works of art.  The world will never realise how much it owes to them, and what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts upon it.”

From The Guermantes Way, trans. C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, p. 413-414.

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