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Simone De Beauvoir Quotes

(1908-1986), French Novelist, Essayist

To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object.

Category: Acceptance

What is an adult? A child blown up by age.

Category: Adulthood

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.

Category: Age And Aging

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.

Category: Age And Aging

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.

Category: Arts And Artists

The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women.

Category: Equality

When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he does become inferior.

Category: Feminism

One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius.

Category: Genius

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.

Category: Guilt

To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.

Category: Husbands

The curse which lies upon marriage is that too often the individuals are joined in their weakness rather than in their strength --each asking from the other instead of finding pleasure in giving. It is even more deceptive to dream of gaining through the child a plenitude, a warmth, a value, which one is unable to create for oneself; the child brings joy only to the woman who is capable of disinterestedly desiring the happiness of another, to one who without being wrapped up in self seeks to transcend her own existence.

Category: Marriage

All oppression creates a state of war.

Category: Oppression

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.

Category: Parents And Parenting

Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.

Category: Retirement

Buying is a profound pleasure.

Category: Sales