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Simone Weil Quotes

(1910-1943), French Philosopher, Mystic

Learn to reject friendship, or rather the dream of friendship. To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art, or life (like aesthetic joys). I must refuse it in order to be worthy to receive it

Category: Friends And Friendship

The future is made of the same stuff as the present.

Category: Future

Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.

Category: Genius

In relation to God, we are like a thief who has burgled the house of a kindly householder and been allowed to keep some of the gold. From the point of view of the lawful owner this gold is a gift; Form the point of view of the burglar it is a theft. He must go and give it back. It is the same with our existence. We have stolen a little of God's being to make it ours. God has made us a gift of it. But we have stolen it. We must return it.

Category: God

We can only know one thing about God -- that he is what we are not. Our wretchedness alone is an image of this. The more we contemplate it, the more we contemplate him.

Category: God

It is only the impossible that is possible for God. He has given over the possible to the mechanics of matter and the autonomy of his creatures.

Category: God

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

Category: Goodness

In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity; the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish.

Category: Grief

Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace.

Category: Humanism

I would suggest that barbarism be considered as a permanent and universal human characteristic which becomes more or less pronounced according to the play of circumstances.

Category: Humankind

Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our life.

Category: Imagination

Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it.

Category: Imagination

A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves.

Category: Injustice

The role of the intelligence --that part of us which affirms and denies and formulates opinions is merely to submit.

Category: Intelligence And Intellectuals

Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being.

Category: Intelligence And Intellectuals