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— Simone de Beauvoir

The most surprising Simone de Beauvoir quotes that will transform you to a better person

No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.

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I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself

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One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.

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Simone de Beauvoir quote All oppression creates a state of war.

All oppression creates a state of war.

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All oppression creates a state of war.

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When women act like women, they are accused of being inferior.

When women act like human beings, they are accused of behaving like men.

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I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.

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

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She was ready to deny the existence of space and time rather than admit that love might not be eternal.

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To show your true ability is always, in a sense, to surpass the limits of your ability, to go a little beyond them: to dare, to seek, to invent; it is at such a moment that new talents are revealed, discovered, and realized

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I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity.

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Authentic love must be founded on reciprocal recognition of two freedoms.

For each of them, love would be the revelation of the self through the gift of the self and the enrichment of the universe.

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Buying is a profound pleasure.

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About Simone de Beauvoir

Quotes 342 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.

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

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That's what I consider true generosity.

You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.

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However gifted an individual is at the outset, if his or her talents cannot be developed because of his or her social condition, because of the surrounding circumstances, these talents will be still-born.

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Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.

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You have to start from where you are today and from what can be done.

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It must be said in addition that the men with the most scrupulous respect for embryonic life are also those who are most zealous when it comes to condemning adults to death in war.

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If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.

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

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In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.

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That is what chills your spine when you read an account of a suicide: not the frail corpse hanging from the window bars but what happened inside that heart immediately before.

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It is not in giving life but in risking life that man is raised above the animal; that is why superiority has been accorded in humanity not to the sex that brings forth but to that which kills.

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What an odd thing a diary is: the things you omit are more important than those you put in.

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Sex pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell;

it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.

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Marriage is a career which brings about more benefits than many others.

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Youth and what the Italians so prettily call stamina.

The vigor, the fire, that enables you to love and create. When you've lost that, you've lost everything.

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Society cares about the individual only in so far as he is profitable.

The young know this. Their anxiety as they enter in upon social life matches the anguish of the old as they are excluded from it.

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I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity.

I want this adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end.

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Oppression tries to defend itself by its utility.

But we have seen that it is one of the lies of the serious mind to attempt to give the word "useful" an absolute meaning; nothing is useful if it is not useful to man; nothing is useful to man if the latter is not in a position to define his own ends and values, if he is not free.

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To be feminist doesn't mean simply to do nothing, to reduce yourself to total impotence under the pretext of refusing masculine values. There is a problematic, a very difficult dialectic between accepting power and refusing it, accepting certain masculine values, and wanting to transform them. I think it's worth a try.

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Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female - whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.

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From the very beginning, existentialism defined itself as a philosophy of ambiguity.

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The nearer I come to the end of my days, the more I am enabled to see that strange thing, a life, and to see it whole.

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It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for living.

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Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself;

if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying.

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Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men;

they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with the absolute truth.

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You have never had any confidence in him.

And if he has no confidence in himself it is because he sees himself through your eyes.

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The characteristic feature of all ethics is to consider human life as a game that can be won or lost and to teach man the means of winning.

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There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.

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To give space when what one most yearns for is closeness, that is both the great test and great tragedy of love.

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As long as there have been men and they have lived, they have all felt this tragic ambiguity of their condition, but as long as there have been philosophers and they have thought, most of them have tried to mask it.

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

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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.

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Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior;

she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male's superiority.

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Why one man rather than another? It was odd.

You find yourself involved with a fellow for life just because he was the one that you met when you were nineteen.

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Oppression tries to defend itself by its utility.

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Women have been burnt as witches simply because they were beautiful.

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