Simone Weil Quotes

98 Simone Weil quotes:

"When a man's life is destroyed or damaged by some wound or privation of soul or body, which is due to other men's actions or negligence, it is not only his sensibility that suffers but also his aspiration toward the good. Therefore there has been sacrilege towards that which is sacred in him."
Author: Weil Quotes Category: Body Quotes Victims Quotes
"Petroleum is a more likely cause of international conflict than wheat."
"There is something else which has the power to awaken us to the truth. It is the works of writers of genius. They give us, in the guise of fiction, something equivalent to the actual density of the real, that density which life offers us every day but which we are unable to grasp because we are amusing ourselves with lies."
"Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being."
"It is not the cause for which men took up arms that makes a victory more just or less, it is the order that is established when arms have been laid down."
"The only way into truth is through one's own annihilation; through dwelling a long time in a state of extreme and total humiliation."
"The future is made of the same stuff as the present."
"I would suggest that barbarism be considered as a permanent and universal human characteristic which becomes more or less pronounced according to the play of circumstances."
"Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought."
"One cannot imagine St. Francis of Assisi talking about rights."
"In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention."
"There can be a true grandeur in any degree of submissiveness, because it springs from loyalty to the laws and to an oath, and not from baseness of soul."
Author: Weil Quotes Category: French Philosopher Quotes Loyalty Quotes
"Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life."
"Mathematics alone make us feel the limits of our intelligence. For we can always suppose in the case of an experiment that it is inexplicable because we don't happen to have all the data. In mathematics we have all the data and yet we don't understand. We always come back to the contemplation of our human wretchedness. What force is in relation to our will, the impenetrable opacity of mathematics is in relation to our intelligence."
"Purity is the power to contemplate defilement."
Author: Weil Quotes Category: Power Quotes Purity Quotes
"Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached"
Author: Weil Quotes Category: Reality Quotes
"Why is it that reality, when set down untransposed in a book, sounds false?"
Author: Weil Quotes Category: Reality Quotes
"Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose."
Author: Weil Quotes Category: Ability Quotes
"The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind."
Author: Weil Quotes Category: Dreams Quotes Austrian Psychologist Quotes
"Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but is also their means of communication. It is the same with us and God. Every separation is a link."

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