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Simone Weil Quotes

(1910-1943), French Philosopher, Mystic

The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes.

Category: Past

The proper method of philosophy consists in clearly conceiving the insoluble problems in all their insolubility and then in simply contemplating them, fixedly and tirelessly, year after year, without any hope, patiently waiting.

Category: Philosophers And Philosophy

The appetite for power, even for universal power, is only insane when there is no possibility of indulging it; a man who sees the possibility opening before him and does not try to grasp it, even at the risk of destroying himself and his country, is either

Category: Power

To get power over is to defile. To possess is to defile.

Category: Power

When a contradiction is impossible to resolve except by a lie, then we know that it is really a door.

Category: Problems

Whenever a human being, through the commission of a crime, has become exiled from good, he needs to be reintegrated with it through suffering. The suffering should be inflicted with the aim of bringing the soul to recognize freely some day that its infliction was just.

Category: Punishment

Life does not need to mutilate itself in order to be pure.

Category: Purity

Purity is the power to contemplate defilement.

Category: Purity

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.

Category: Reality

Why is it that reality, when set down untransposed in a book, sounds false?

Category: Reality

One cannot imagine St. Francis of Assisi talking about rights.

Category: Right And Rightness

To us, men of the West, a very strange thing happened at the turn of the century; without noticing it, we lost science, or at least the thing that had been called by that name for the last four centuries. What we now have in place of it is something different, radically different, and we don't know what it is. Nobody knows what it is.

Category: Science And Scientists

The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism, tuberculosis, and some other diseases, much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil.

Category: Skepticism

The only hope of socialism resides in those who have already brought about in themselves, as far as is possible in the society of today, that union between manual and intellectual labor which characterizes the society we are aiming at.

Category: Socializing And Socialism

In solitude we are in the presence of mere matter (even the sky, the stars, the moon, trees in blossom), things of less value (perhaps) than a human spirit. Its value lies in the greater possibility of attention.

Category: Solitude