The Prompter Room

For Friday, March 24, 2017:

 

For [Marcel] Proust, the great artists deserve acclaim because they show us the world in a way that is fresh, appreciative, and alive … The opposite of art, for Proust, is something he calls habit … a blanket or shroud of familiarity that … dulls our senses …

The trick, in Proust’s eyes, is to recover the powers of appreciation of a child in adulthood, to strip the veil of habit and therefore to start to look upon daily life with a new and more grateful sensitivity.

This … is what one group in the population does all the time: artists.  Artists … strip habit away and return life to its deserved glory.

Alain de Botton, HOW PROUST CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

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