Simone Weil Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old simone weil quotes, simone weil sayings, and simone weil proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


If you want to know what a man is really like, take notice of how he acts when he loses money.     

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Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings.     

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Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it.     

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It is an eternal obligation toward the human being not to let him suffer from hunger when one has a chance of coming to his assistance.     

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Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being.     

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In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity; the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish.     

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Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.     

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A beautiful woman looking at her image in the mirror may very well believe the image is herself. An ugly woman knows it is not.     

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The capacity to give one's attention to a sufferer is a very rare and difficult thing; it is almost a miracle; it is a miracle. Nearly all those who think they have the capacity do not possess it.     

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Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.     

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Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose.     

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In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.     

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The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.     

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The joy of learning is as indispensable in study as breathing is in running.     

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Purity is the power to contemplate defilement.     

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There is no detachment where there is no pain. And there is no pain endured without hatred or lying unless detachment is present too.     

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The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism, tuberculosis, and some other diseases, much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil.     

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Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention.     

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The contradictions the mind comes up against, these are the only realities, the criterion of the real. There is no contradiction in what is imaginary. Contradiction is the test of necessity.     

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When a contradiction is impossible to resolve except by a lie, then we know that it is really a door.     

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The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.     

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One is never got out of the cave, one comes out of it.     

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Purity is the power to contemplate defilement.     

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The highest ecstasy is the attention at its fullest.     

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It is an eternal obligation toward the human being not to let him suffer from hunger when one has a chance of coming to his assistance.     

Simone Weil

The highest ecstasy is the attention at its fullest.     

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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.     

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Academic work is one of those fields which contain a pearl so precious that it is worth while to sell all our possessions, keeping nothing for ourselves, in order to be able to acquire it.     

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One must always be prepared to switch sides with justice, that fugitive of the winning camp.     

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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