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Simone de Beauvoir Quotes


A French writer and philosopher. She wrote novels, monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues, essays, biographies, and an autobiography in several volumes.
(1908 - 1986)

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All oppression creates a state of war.
 

All the idols made by man, however terrifying they may be, are in point of fact subordinate to him, and that is why he will always have it in his power to destroy them.
 

Art is an attempt to integrate evil.
[Attempt]
 

Buying is a profound pleasure.
 

Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
 

Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself.
[Courage]
 

I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity.
 

I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me.
 

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
 

If you haven't been happy very young, you can still be happy later on, but it's much harder. You need more luck.
[Positive]
 

If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.
[Success]
 

In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.
 

In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.
[Acceptance]
 

It is not in giving life but in risking life that man is raised above the animal; that is why superiority has been accorded in humanity not to the sex that brings forth but to that which kills.
 

It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.
 

It's not a very big step from contentment to complacency.
[Acceptance]
 

Let women be provided with living strength of their own.
[Self Reliance]
 

Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying.
 

Live with no time out.
 

Living by proxy is always a precarious expedient.
[Self Reliance]
 


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