Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir

French authoress and philosopher

Lived from: 1908-1986

Category: Philosophers | Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Simone de Beauvoir

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    All oppression creates a state of war.
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    Buying is a profound pleasure.
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    Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
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    In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men.
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    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.
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    It's frightening to think that you mark your children merely by being yourself. It seems unfair. You can't assume the responsibility for everything you do - or don't do.
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    One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius.
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    One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.
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    Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.
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    Sex pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.
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    Since it is the Other within us who is old, it is natural that the revelation of our age should come to us from outside - from others. We do not accept it willingly.
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    Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.
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    The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women.
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    To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.
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    To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object.
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