Simone Weil

(1909-1943 / Paris)

Simone Weil Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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 1943, published December 1950).
  • ''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 Ronde (Dec. 1950).
  • ''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).
  • ''A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams.''
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. "Illusions," Gravity and Grace (1947, trans. 1952).
  • ''The role of the intelligence—that part of us which affirms and denies and formulates opinions—is merely to submit.''
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. "Intelligence and Grace," Gravity and Grace (1947, trans. 1952).
  • ''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).
  • ''In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention.''
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. "Intelligence and Grace," Gravity and Grace (1947, trans. 1952).
  • ''Why is it that reality, when set down untransposed in a book, sounds false?''
    Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. "London Notebook," (1943), published in First and Last Notebooks, ed. Richard Rees (1970).

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