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  • 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.
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. "A Note on Social Democracy," (written 1937), published in Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962).

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  • 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 (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. "Three Letters on History: Théophile de Viau," (written 1938 or 1939), Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962).
  • Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct ... and to refrain from destruction.
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. Published in First and Last Notebooks, ed. Richard Rees (1970). The Pre-War Notebook (1933-1939).
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