Simone de Beauvoir


Simone de Beauvoir Quotes

  • ''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: 1949).
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  • ''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).
  • ''One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.''
    Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986), French novelist, essayist. The Second Sex, bk. 2, pt. 4, ch. 1 (1953).
  • ''Sex pleasure in woman ... is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.''
    Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986), French novelist, essayist. The Second Sex, bk. 2, pt. 4, ch. 3 (1953).

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