Simone de Beauvoir


Simone de Beauvoir
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Simone-Lucie-Ernestine-Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, commonly known as Simone de Beauvoir (9 January 1908 – 14 April 1986), was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist. While she did not consider herself a philosopher, Beauvoir had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory. Beauvoir wrote novels, essays, biographies, an autobiography, monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues. She is best known for her novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins, as well as her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary... more »

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  • ''All oppression creates a state of war.''
    Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986), French novelist, philosopher, autobiographer, and social critic. The Second Sex, foreword (1953; first French edition:...
  • ''It's frightening to think that you mark your children merely by being yourself.... It seems unfair. You can't assume the responsibility for everything you do—or don't do.''
    Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986), French novelist, essayist. Les Belles Images, ch. 3 (1966, trans. 1968).
  • ''Since it is the Other within us who is old, it is natural that the revelation of our age should come to us from outside—from others. We do not accept it willingly.''
    Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986), French novelist, essayist. The Coming of Age, pt. 2, ch. 5 (1970, trans. 1972).
  • ''In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men.''
    Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986), French novelist, essayist. The Ethics of Ambiguity, ch. 1 (1948).
  • ''To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object.''
    Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986), French novelist, essayist. The Second Sex, bk. 2, pt. 4, ch. 3 (1953).
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