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Quotations From SIMONE WEIL

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  • 31.
    The future is made of the same stuff as the present.
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. On Science, Necessity, and the Love of God, ed. Richard Rees (1968). "Some Thoughts on the Love of God," (Oct. 1940-May 1942).

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  • 32.
    Nothing is less instructive than a machine.
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. In La Condition Ouvrière (1951). "The Mystery of the Factory," Factory Journal (1934-1935).
  • 33.
    Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible does not give rise to revolt but to submission.
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. In La Condition Ouvrière (1951). "The Mystery of the Factory," Factory Journal (1934-1935).
  • 34.
    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 (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. In Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962). "The Romanesque Renaissance," Cahiers du Sud (Marseilles, 1941 or 1942).

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  • 35.
    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 (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. "Draft for a Statement of Human Obligations," published in Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962).
  • 36.
    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 (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. In Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962). "Human Personality," La Table Ronde (Dec. 1950).
  • 37.
    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 (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. "Intelligence and Grace," Gravity and Grace (1947, trans. 1952).

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  • 38.
    I suffer more from the humiliations inflicted by my country than from those inflicted on her.
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. Letter, c. 1938, to author Georges Bernanos. Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962).
  • 39.
    We are only geometricians of matter; the Greeks were, first of all, geometricians in the apprenticeship to virtue.
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. In Simone Weil: An Anthology, ed. Sian Miles, trans. by Mary McCarthy (1986). "The Iliad or the Poem of Force," Cahiers du Sud (Marseilles, Dec. 1940/Jan. 1941).
  • 40.
    Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers, who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers.
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. The Need For Roots, pt. 2, "Uprootedness in the Towns," (1949).

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