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Simone Weil Quotes and Sayings

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I can, therefore I am.
- Simone Weil

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Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.
- Simone Weil

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.
- Simone Weil

The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes.
- Simone Weil

 

In the Church, considered as a social organism,
the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
- Simone Weil

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

As soon as men know that they can kill without fear of punishment or blame,
they kill; or at least they encourage killers with approving smiles.
- Simone Weil

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

One cannot imagine St.
Francis of Assisi talking about rights.
- Simone Weil

The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.
- Simone Weil

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

What a country calls its vital...
interests are not things that help its people live,
but things that help it make war.
- Simone Weil

Humility is attentive patience.
- Simone Weil

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

A mind enclosed in language is in prison.
- Simone Weil

An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are
concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God.
- Simone Weil

We can only know one thing about God -
that he is what we are not.
Our wretchedness alone is an image of this.
The more we contemplate it, the more we contemplate him.
- Simone Weil

To get power over is to defile.
To possess is to defile.
- Simone Weil

Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.
- Simone Weil

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

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.
- Simone Weil

Petroleum is a more likely cause of international conflict than wheat.
- Simone Weil

To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself.
- Simone Weil

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

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

There is one, and only one, thing in modern society
more hideous than crime namely,
repressive justice.
- Simone Weil

Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction,
it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him.
- 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

The highest ecstasy is the attention at its fullest.
- Simone Weil

In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity;
the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish.
- 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

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

The only way into truth is through one's own annihilation;
through dwelling a long time in a state of extreme and total humiliation.
- Simone Weil

We must prefer real hell to an imaginary paradise.
- Simone Weil

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

Who were the fools who spread the story that brute
force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier.
And once they are dead they are no more than corpses.
- Simone Weil

The mysteries of faith are degraded if they are made
into an object of affirmation and negation,
when in reality they should be an object of contemplation.
- Simone Weil

Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth,
beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value,
but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace.
- Simone Weil

To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least
recognized need of the human soul.
- Simone Weil

Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.
- Simone Weil

The future is made of the same stuff as the present.
- Simone Weil

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

For when two beings who are not friends are near each
other there is no meeting,
and when friends are far apart there is no separation.
- Simone Weil

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

It is not the cause for which men took up arms that
makes a victory more just or less,
it is the order that is established when arms have been laid down.
- Simone Weil

Nothing is less instructive than a machine.
- 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

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

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

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

In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is
nothing more nor less than the power of attention.
- Simone Weil

A science which does not bring us nearer to God is worthless.
- Simone Weil

The role of the intelligence - that part of us which
affirms and denies and formulates opinions is merely to submit.
- Simone Weil

Every perfect life is a parable invented by God.
- Simone Weil

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

Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being.
- Simone Weil

Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers,
who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers.
- Simone Weil

To want friendship is a great fault.
Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy,
like the joys afforded by art or life.
- Simone Weil

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 hurtful act is the transference to others of the
degradation which we bear in ourselves.
- Simone Weil

Nothing can have as its destination anything other than its origin.
The contrary idea, the idea of progress,
is poison.
- Simone Weil

Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it,
or thinks he does, as it is to its victims;
the second it crushes,
the first it intoxicates.
The truth is, nobody really possesses it.
- Simone Weil

Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in
this world but people capable of giving them their attention.
- Simone Weil

All sins are attempts to fill voids.
- 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

The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread,
but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.
- 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

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.
- Simone Weil

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.
- Simone Weil

Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each
other by knocking on the wall.
The wall is the thing which separates them but is also
their means of communication.
It is the same with us and God.
Every separation is a link.
- Simone Weil


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