Simone Weil

Simone Weil

French philosopher

Lived from: 1909-1943

Category: Philosophers

Quotes: Simone Weil

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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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    A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves.
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    A man whose mind feels that it is captive would prefer to blind himself to the fact. But if he hates falsehood, he will not do so; and in that case he will have to suffer a lot. He will beat his head against the wall until he faints. He will come to again
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    A mind enclosed in language is in prison.
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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 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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    An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God.
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    Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.
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    At the bottom of the heart of every human being, from earliest infancy until the tomb, there is something that goes on indomitably expecting, in the teeth of all experience of crimes committed, suffered, and witnessed, that good and not evil will be done
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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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    Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.
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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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    Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers, who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers.
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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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    Every new development for the last three centuries has brought men closer to a state of affairs in which absolutely nothing would be recognized in the whole world as possessing a claim to obedience except the authority of the State. The majority of people in Europe obey nothing else.
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