Simone Weil Quotes

98 Simone Weil quotes:

"Misfortunes leave wounds which bleed drop by drop even in sleep; thus little by little they train man by force and dispose him to wisdom in spite of himself. Man must learn to think of himself as a limited and dependent being; and only suffering teaches"
"Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him."
Author: Weil Quotes Category: French Philosopher Quotes Affliction Quotes
"When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man's name live for thousands of years. But above this level, far above,"
Author: Weil Quotes Category: Achievement Quotes
"Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose."
Author: Weil Quotes Category: Ability Quotes
"I can, therefore I am."
"Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life."
"A doctrine serves no purpose in itself, but it is indispensable to have one if only to avoid being deceived by false doctrines."
Author: Weil Quotes Category: French Philosopher Quotes Doctrine Quotes
"Evil, when we are in its power, is not felt as evil, but as a necessity, even a duty"
Author: Weil Quotes Category: Duty Quotes
"Evil is neither suffering nor sin; it is both at the same time, it is something common to them both. For they are linked together; sin makes us suffer and suffering makes us evil, and this indissoluble complex of suffering and sin is the evil in which we are submerged against our will, and to our horror."
Author: Weil Quotes Category: Evil Quotes
"In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!"
"The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say, What are you going through?"
"Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers, who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers."
"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."
"An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God."
"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
"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."
"Petroleum is a more likely cause of international conflict than wheat."
"When a contradiction is impossible to resolve except by a lie, then we know that it is really a door."
Author: Weil Quotes Category: French Philosopher Quotes Contradiction Quotes
"The payment of debts is necessary for social order. The non-payment is quite equally necessary for social order. For centuries humanity has oscillated, serenely unaware, between these two contradictory necessities."
Author: Weil Quotes Category: Debt Quotes
"The appetite for power, even for universal power, is only insane when there is no possibility of indulging it; a man who sees the possibility opening before him and does not try to grasp it, even at the risk of destroying himself and his country, is either"

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