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Simone Weil Quotes

(1910-1943), French Philosopher, Mystic

When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man's name live for thousands of years. But above this level, far above,

Category: Achievement

Misfortunes leave wounds which bleed drop by drop even in sleep; thus little by little they train man by force and dispose him to wisdom in spite of himself. Man must learn to think of himself as a limited and dependent being; and only suffering teaches

Category: Adversity

The needs of a human being are sacred. Their satisfaction cannot be subordinated either to reasons of state, or to any consideration of money, nationality, race, or color, or to the moral or other value attributed to the human being in question, or to any consideration whatsoever.

Category: Aid And Assistance

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.

Category: Aid And Assistance

Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.

Category: Arts And Artists

An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God.

Category: Atheism

Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.

Category: Attachment

Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.

Category: Beauty

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.

Category: Biography

Charity. To love human beings in so far as they are nothing. That is to love them as God does.

Category: Charity

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.

Category: Christians And Christianity

In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.

Category: Churches

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.

Category: Civilization

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.

Category: Communication

Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers, who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers.

Category: Culture