Facts about Simone Weil

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Simone Weil was a famous Philosopher from France, who lived between February 3, 1909 and August 24, 1943. He/she became only 34 years old.

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He/she is born under the zodiac aquarius, who is known for Knowledge, Humanitarian, Serious, Insightful, Duplicitous. Our collection contains 66 quotes who is written / told by Simone, under the main topic Motivational.

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Famous quotes by Simone Weil (66)


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"What a country calls its vital... interests are not things that help its people live, but things that help it make war"
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"It is not the cause for which men took up arms that makes a victory more just or less, it is the order that is established when arms have been laid down"
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"Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life"
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"The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism, tuberculosis, and some other diseases, much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil"
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"The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know"
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"With no matter what human being, taken individually, I always find reasons for concluding that sorrow and misfortune do not suit him; either because he seems too mediocre for anything so great, or, on the contrary, too precious to be destroyed"
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"We can only know one thing about God - that he is what we are not. Our wretchedness alone is an image of this. The more we contemplate it, the more we contemplate him"
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"Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it"
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"Who were the fools who spread the story that brute force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier. And once they are dead they are no more than corpses"
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"There can be a true grandeur in any degree of submissiveness, because it springs from loyalty to the laws and to an oath, and not from baseness of soul"
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"The future is made of the same stuff as the present"
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"In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity; the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish"
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"It is an eternal obligation toward the human being not to let him suffer from hunger when one has a chance of coming to his assistance"
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"In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs"
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"We are like horses who hurt themselves as soon as they pull on their bits - and we bow our heads. We even lose consciousness of the situation, we just submit. Any re-awakening of thought is then painful"
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"More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic"
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"Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates. The truth is, nobody really possesses it"
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"To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art or life"
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"To set up as a standard of public morality a notion which can neither be defined nor conceived is to open the door to every kind of tyranny"
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"To get power over is to defile. To possess is to defile"
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"To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul"
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"To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself"
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"Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention"
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"There is one, and only one, thing in modern society more hideous than crime namely, repressive justice"
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"There is no detachment where there is no pain. And there is no pain endured without hatred or lying unless detachment is present too"
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"The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes"
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"The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry"
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"The contemporary form of true greatness lies in a civilization founded on the spirituality of work"
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"Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought"
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"Petroleum is a more likely cause of international conflict than wheat"
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"Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible does not give rise to revolt but to submission"
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"One cannot imagine St. Francis of Assisi talking about rights"
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"Nothing is less instructive than a machine"
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"Nothing can have as its destination anything other than its origin. The contrary idea, the idea of progress, is poison"
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"Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication"
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"If we are suffering illness, poverty, or misfortune, we think we shall be satisfied on the day it ceases. But there too, we know it is false; so soon as one has got used to not suffering one wants something else"
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"If Germany, thanks to Hitler and his successors, were to enslave the European nations and destroy most of the treasures of their past, future historians would certainly pronounce that she had civilized Europe"
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"I would suggest that barbarism be considered as a permanent and universal human characteristic which becomes more or less pronounced according to the play of circumstances"
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"I suffer more from the humiliations inflicted by my country than from those inflicted on her"
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"I can, therefore I am"
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"I am not a Catholic; but I consider the Christian idea, which has its roots in Greek thought and in the course of the centuries has nourished all of our European civilization, as something that one cannot renounce without becoming degraded"
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"Humility is attentive patience"
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"Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace"
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"Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand"
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"Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but is also their means of communication. It is the same with us and God. Every separation is a link"
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"To write the lives of the great in separating them from their works necessarily ends by above all stressing their pettiness, because it is in their work that they have put the best of themselves"
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"For when two beings who are not friends are near each other there is no meeting, and when friends are far apart there is no separation"
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"Evil, when we are in its power, is not felt as evil, but as a necessity, even a duty"
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"Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge"
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"Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ, I commit the sin of envy"
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"Every perfect life is a parable invented by God"
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"Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings"
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"Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him"
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"Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers, who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers"
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"Charity. To love human beings in so far as they are nothing. That is to love them as God does"
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"Beauty always promises, but never gives anything"
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"Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached"
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"As soon as men know that they can kill without fear of punishment or blame, they kill; or at least they encourage killers with approving smiles"
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"An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God"
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"All sins are attempts to fill voids"
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"A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams"
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"A self-respecting nation is ready for anything, including war, except for a renunciation of its option to make war"
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"A science which does not bring us nearer to God is worthless"
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"A mind enclosed in language is in prison"
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"A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves"
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"A doctrine serves no purpose in itself, but it is indispensable to have one if only to avoid being deceived by false doctrines"


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