Simone Weil


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Simone Weil (3 February 1909 – 24 August 1943) was a French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist.

Weil's whole life was marked by an exceptional compassion for the suffering of others; at the age of six, for instance, she refused to eat sugar after she heard that soldiers fighting in the First World War had to go without. She died from tuberculosis during the Second World ... more »

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  • ''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...
  • ''One cannot imagine St. Francis of Assisi talking about rights.''
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. In Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962). "Human Personality," La Table Ronde (written 1...
  • ''Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.''
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. In Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962). "Human Personality," (written 1943), La Table ...
  • ''We must prefer real hell to an imaginary paradise.''
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. "Illusions," Gravity and Grace (1947, trans. 1952).
  • ''There is no detachment where there is no pain. And there is no pain endured without hatred or lying unless detachment is present too.''
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. "Illusions," Gravity and Grace (1947, trans. 1952).
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