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Simone de Beauvoir Quotes and Sayings

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Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.
- Simone de Beauvoir

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

I am incapable of conceiving infinity,
and yet I do not accept finity.
- Simone de Beauvoir

All the idols made by man, however terrifying they may be,
are in point of fact subordinate to him,
and that is why he will always have it in his power to destroy them.
- Simone de Beauvoir

 

In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome,
stubbornness is stupid.
- Simone de Beauvoir

When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority,
the fact is that he does become inferior.
- Simone de Beauvoir

To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.
- Simone de Beauvoir

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The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women.
- Simone de Beauvoir

Change your life today.
Don't gamble on the future, act now,
without delay.
- Simone de Beauvoir

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.
- Simone de Beauvoir

This has always been a man's world, and none of the
reasons that have been offered in explanation have seemed adequate.
- Simone de Beauvoir

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

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
- Simone de Beauvoir

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

Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior;
she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male's superiority.
- Simone de Beauvoir

One is not born a woman, but becomes one.
- Simone de Beauvoir

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

Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged
holiday or as a rejection,
a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.
- Simone de Beauvoir

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.
- Simone de Beauvoir

Art is an attempt to integrate evil.
- Simone de Beauvoir

Defending the truth is not something one does out of
a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes,
but is a reward in itself.
- Simone de Beauvoir

The word love has by no means the same sense for both sexes,
and this is one cause of the serious misunderstandings that divide them.
- Simone de Beauvoir

What is an adult? A child blown up by age.
- Simone de Beauvoir

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.
- Simone de Beauvoir

The writer of originality, unless dead,
is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels.
- Simone de Beauvoir

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.
- Simone de Beauvoir

Buying is a profound pleasure.
- Simone de Beauvoir

I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties
through my love for truth -
and truth rewarded me.
- Simone de Beauvoir

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

Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself;
if all it does is maintain itself,
then living is only not dying.
- Simone de Beauvoir

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.
- Simone de Beauvoir

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.
- Simone de Beauvoir

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.
- Simone de Beauvoir

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

People who work together will win,
whether it be against complex football defenses,
or the problems of modern society.
- Vince Lombardi

In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to
remember seven generations in the past and
consider seven generations in the future
when making decisions that affect the people.
- Wilma Mankiller

Society is a masked ball,
where every one hides his real character,
and reveals it by hiding.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Society censors our actions,
but our dreams reveal our true character.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

Truth is certainly a branch of morality
and a very important one to society.
- Thomas Jefferson

To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man.
Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.
- Charles Edwards

We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking
about what is best for society.
- Hillary Clinton

The key to organizing an alternative society is to
organize people around what they can do,
and more importantly, what they want to do.
- Abbie Hoffman

Society has always seemed to demand a little more from
human beings than it will get in practice.
- George Orwell

How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes,
packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners,
and instant cameras teach patience to its young?
- Paul Sweeney

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift
and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the servant
and has forgotten the gift.
- Albert Einstein

Society is one vast conspiracy for carving one into
the kind of statue likes,
and then placing it in the most convenient niche it has.
- Randolph Bourne

No society can surely be flourishing and happy,
of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
- Adam Smith

An armed society is a polite society.
Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural,
religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society.
- Jack Kingston

What can you say about a society that says that God
is dead and Elvis is alive?
- Irv Kupcinet

In our society leaving baby with Daddy is just one
step above leaving the kids to be raised by wolves or apes.
- Al Roker

Society honors its living conformists and its dead troublemakers.
- Mignon McLaughlin

A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.
- Jean de la Bruyere

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti

Society is based on the assumption that everyone is
alike and no one is alive.
- Hugh Kingsmill

Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are.
- John W. Gardner

The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.
- James A. Baldwin

The function of the press in society is to inform,
but its role in society is to make money.
- A. J. Liebling

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul
than the way in which it treats its children.
- Nelson Mandela

Normal social behavior requires that we be able to
recognize identities in spite of change.
Unless we can do so, there can be no human society as we know it.
- Kenneth L. Pike

Neither the life of an individual nor the history of
a society can be understood without understanding both.
- C. Wright Mills

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.
- Orson Welles

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens,
who assemble and administer the government in person.
- James Madison

Our society is not a community, but merely a collection
of isolated family units.
- Valerie Solanas

Society is the union of men and not the men themselves.
- Charles de Secondat

It is good for society to have this introspection.
- Jacques Verges

I am as frustrated with society as a pyromaniac in a petrified forest.
- A. Whitney Brown

The heart is always right -
if there's a question of choosing between the mind and the heart -
because mind is a creation of the society.
It has been educated.
You have been given it by the society, not by existence.
The heart is unpolluted.
- Osho

Women with money and women in power are two uncomfortable ideas in our society.
- Candace Bushnell


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