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Simone Weil Quotes

Philosopher, mystic and social activist
Born On
1909-02-03
Died On
1943-08-24
Birth Place
Paris
Death Place
Ashford
Birth Sign
aquarius
Father
Bernard Weil
Mother
Salomea Reinherz
Nationality
French
Education
Lycée Fénelon, Paris, France (1920-24), Lycée Victor Duruy, Paris, France (1924-25), Lycée Henri-IV (1925-28), BA Philosophy, École Normale Supérieure (1928-31)

Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings.

Simone Weil

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.

Simone Weil

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.

Simone Weil

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

Simone Weil

A self-respecting nation is ready for anything, including war, except for a renunciation of its option to make war.

Simone Weil

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.

Simone Weil

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

Simone Weil

Evil, when we are in its power, is not felt as evil, but as a necessity, even a duty.

Simone Weil

In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!

Simone Weil

A doctrine serves no purpose in itself, but it is indispensable to have one if only to avoid being deceived by false doctrines.

Simone Weil

Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication.

Simone Weil

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

Simone Weil

The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.

Simone Weil

More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic.

Simone Weil

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.

Simone Weil

The contemporary form of true greatness lies in a civilization founded on the spirituality of work.

Simone Weil