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  • There is one, and only one, thing in modern society more hideous than crime—namely, repressive justice.
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. In Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962). "Human Personality," La Table Ronde (Dec. 1950).

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  • 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 (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. In Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962). "Human Personality," (written 1943), published in La Table Ronde (Dec. 1950).

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  • A mind enclosed in language is in prison.
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. In Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962). "Human Personality," (written 1943), published in La Table Ronde (December 1950).
  • 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 (1910-1943), French philosopher, mystic. "Hitler and Roman Foreign Policy," Nouveaux Cahiers (Jan. 1, 1940).
  • Purity is the power to contemplate defilement.
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. Gravity and Grace, "Attention and Will," (1947, trans. 1952).

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  • 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 (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. "Fragments et Notes," ch. 10, Ecrits de Londres (1957).
  • Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. In Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962). "Human Personality," La Table Ronde (Dec. 1950).
  • When a contradiction is impossible to resolve except by a lie, then we know that it is really a door.
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. in First and Last Notebooks, pt. 3, ed. Richard Rees (1970). New York Notebook (written 1942, published 1950).
  • To get power over is to defile. To possess is to defile.
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. in First and Last Notebooks, pt. 3, ed. Richard Rees (1970). New York Notebook (written 1942, published 1950).

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  • Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. in First and Last Notebooks, pt. 3, ed. Richard Rees (1970). New York Notebook (written 1942, published 1950).

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