186 Total Quotes

Simone Weil Quotes

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

The afflicted are not listened to. They are like someone whose tongue has been cut out and who occasionally forgets the fact. When they move their lips no ear perceives any sound. And they themselves soon sink into impotence in the use of language, because of the certainty of not being heard.
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#Suffering

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
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#Power #Appetite

It would seem that man was born a slave, and that slavery is his natural condition. At the same time nothing on earth can stop man from feeling himself born for liberty. Never, whatever may happen, can he accept servitude; for he is a thinking creature.
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#Liberty #Man

Nothing is less instructive than a machine.
Simone Weil
#French Philosopher

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
#French Philosopher

Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it.
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#French Philosopher #History

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.
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#Acting And Actors

Imagination and fiction make up more than three-quarters of our real life
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#Fiction

Humility is attentive patience.
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#French Philosopher #Humility

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

We must prefer real hell to an imaginary paradise.
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#French Philosopher #Hell

If we are suffering illness, poverty, or misfortune, we think we shall be satisfied on the day it ceases. But there too, we know it is false; so soon as one has got used to not suffering one wants something else.
Simone Weil
#French Philosopher

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.
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#French Philosopher #Beauty

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.
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#French Philosopher

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

Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.
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#French Philosopher #Genius

The joy of learning is as indispensable in study as breathing is in running. Where it is lacking there are no real students, but only poor caricatures of apprentices who, at the end of their apprenticeship, will not even have a trade.
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#Joy

A science which does not bring us nearer to God is worthless.
Simone Weil
#French Philosopher #God

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.
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#Punishment

The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes.
Simone Weil
#French Philosopher