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Simone Weil Quotes

(1910-1943), French Philosopher, Mystic

Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ, I commit the sin of envy.

Category: Jesus Christ

A mind enclosed in language is in prison.

Category: Language

It would seem that man was born a slave, and that slavery is his natural condition. At the same time nothing on earth can stop man from feeling himself born for liberty. Never, whatever may happen, can he accept servitude; for he is a thinking creature.

Category: Liberty

Every perfect life is a parable invented by God.

Category: Life And Living

Nothing is less instructive than a machine.

Category: Machinery

Mathematics alone make us feel the limits of our intelligence. For we can always suppose in the case of an experiment that it is inexplicable because we don't happen to have all the data. In mathematics we have all the data and yet we don't understand. We always come back to the contemplation of our human wretchedness. What force is in relation to our will, the impenetrable opacity of mathematics is in relation to our intelligence.

Category: Mathematics

To set up as a standard of public morality a notion which can neither be defined nor conceived is to open the door to every kind of tyranny.

Category: Morality

When once a certain class of people has been placed by the temporal and spiritual authorities outside the ranks of those whose life has value, then nothing comes more naturally to men than murder.

Category: Murder

I suffer more from the humiliations inflicted by my country than from those inflicted on her.

Category: Nations

There can be a true grandeur in any degree of submissiveness, because it springs from loyalty to the laws and to an oath, and not from baseness of soul.

Category: Obedience

Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand.

Category: Oppression

Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible does not give rise to revolt but to submission.

Category: Oppression

Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.

Category: Pain

There is no detachment where there is no pain. And there is no pain endured without hatred or lying unless detachment is present too.

Category: Pain

We must prefer real hell to an imaginary paradise.

Category: Paradise