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Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “Let women be provided with living strength of their own.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “A freedom which is interested only in denying freedom must be denied. And it is not true that the recognition of the freedom of others limits my own freedom: to be free is not to have the power to do anything you like; it is to be able to surpass the given toward an open future; the existence of others as a freedom defines my situation and is even the condition of my own freedom. I am oppressed if I am thrown into prison, but not if I am kept from throwing my neighbor into prison.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “At night I would climb the steps to the Sacre-Coeur, and I would watch Paris, that futile oasis, scintillating in the wilderness of space. I would weep, because it was so beautiful, and because it was so useless.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “Between women love is contemplation; caresses are meant less to appropriate the other than to recreate oneself slowly through her; separation is eliminated, there is neither fight nor victory nor defeat; each one is both subject and object.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “Americans are nature-lovers: but they only admit of nature proofed and corrected by man.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “Old age is better for women than for men. First of all, they have less far to fall, since their lives are more mediocre than those of most men.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “So not every female human being is necessarily a woman; she must take part in this mysterious and endangered reality known as femininity. Is femininity secreted by the ovaries? Is it enshrined in a Platonic heaven?”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “There are cases where the slave does not know his servitude and where it is necessary to bring the seed of his liberation to him from the outside: his submission is not enough to justify the tyranny which is imposed upon him.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “The Communists, following Hegel, speak of humanity and its future as of some monolithic individuality. I was attacking this illusion.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “I should like to be the landscape which I am contemplating, I should like this sky, this quiet water to think themselves within me, that it might be I whom they express in flesh and bone, and I remain at a distance. But it is also by this distance that the sky and the water exist before me.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “A man is in the right in being a man; it is the woman who is in the wrong.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “To be a woman, if not a defect, is at least a peculiarity.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “I feel something troubling inside of me which scares me, an exhausting violence. But I accept the great adventure of being me.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “To be oneself, simply oneself, is so amazing and utterly unique an experience that it’s hard to convince oneself so singular a thing happens to everybody.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “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 Quote: “This privilege, which he alone possesses, of being a sovereign and unique subject amidst a universe of objects, is what he shares with all his fellow-men. In turn an object for others, he is nothing more than an individual in the collectivity on which he depends.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “Lynching is an absolute evil; it represents the survival of an obsolete civilization, the perpetuation of a struggle of races which has to disappear;.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “The curse which lies upon marriage is that too often the individuals are joined in their weakness rather than in their strength – each asking from the other instead of finding pleasure in giving.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “It is not a matter of approaching a fixed limit: absolute Knowledge or the happiness of man or the perfection of beauty; all human effort would then be doomed to failure, for with each step forward the horizon recedes a step; for man it is a matter of pursuing the expansion of his existence and of retrieving this very effort as an absolute. Science.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “To be moral is to discover fundamentally ones own being.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “Why one man rather than another? It was odd. You find yourself involved with a fellow for life just because he was the one that you met when you were nineteen.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “The feminine body is expected to be flesh, but discreetly so;.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “But this element of failure is a very condition of his life; one can never dream of eliminating it without immediately dreaming of death. This does not mean that one should consent to failure, but rather one must consent to struggle against it without respite.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “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 Quote: “Indeed, there is nothing more arbitrary than intervening as a stranger in a destiny which is not ours...”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “It is perfectly natural for the future woman to feel indignant at the limitations posed upon her by her sex. The real question is not why she should reject them: the problem is rather to understand why she accepts them.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “It is in great part the anxiety of being a woman that devastates the feminine body.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “I’ve done everything I wanted to do, writing books, learning about things, but I’ve been swindled all the same because it’s never anything more.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “The relation of woman to husband, of of daughter to father, of sister to brother, is a relation of vassalage.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “To will oneself moral and to will oneself free are one and the same decision.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “The adventure is which I have shared so passionately is not over – this adventure with its doubt, failure, the dreariness of no progress, then a glimpse of light, a hope, a hypothesis confirmed; and then after weeks and months of anxious perseverance, the intoxication of success.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “I could not help but comment to my distinguished audience that every question asked about Sartre concerned his work, while all those asked about Beauvoir concerned her personal life.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “The tie that binds her to her oppressors is unlike any other. The division of the sexes is a biological given, not a moment in human history.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “A Darwinian nation of economic fitness abhors idleness, dependence, non-productivity.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “Alone: for the first time I understood the terrible significance of that word. Alone without a witness, without anyone to speak to, without refuge. The breath in my body, the blood in my veins, all this hurly-burly in my head existed for nobody.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “Christianity gave eroticism its savor of sin and legend when it endowed the human female with a soul.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “There was still a question in her eyes – one that she did not like to put into words.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “Economically, men and women almost form two castes; all things being equal, the former have better jobs, higher wages, and greater chances to succeed than their new female competitors; they occupy many more places in industry, in politics, and so forth, and they hold the most important positions.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “All the idols made by man, however terrifying they may be, are in point of fact subordinate to him, and that is why he will always have it in his power to destroy them.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “Primitive people alienate themselves in their mana, their totem; civilized people in their individual souls, their egos, their names, their possessions, and their work: here is the first temptation of inauthenticity.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “I was too enamored of truth ever to mourn lost illusions.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “Therefore the misfortune which comes to man as a result of the fact that he was a child is that his freedom was first concealed from him and that all his life he will be nostalgic for the time when he did not know it’s exigencies.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “Few books are more thrilling than certain confessions, but they must be honest, and the author must have something to confess.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “It is dreadful to think that behind me my own past is no longer anything but shifting darkness.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “Sign of old age: distress at all leave-takings, all separations. And the sadness of memories, because I’m aware they’re condemned to death.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “She asked us to raise the curtain that was covering the window and she looked at the golden leaves of the trees. ‘How lovely. I shouldn’t see that from my flat!’ She smiled. And both of us, my sister and I, had the same thought: it was that same smile that had dazzled us when we were little children, the radiant smile of a young woman. Where had it been between then and now?”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “How will the fact of being women have affected our lives? What precise opportunities have been given us, and which ones have been denied? What destiny awaits our younger sisters, and in which direction should we point them?”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “God! when you think of all the things you could do and yet somehow never do! All the opportunities you let slip by! The idea, the inspiration just doesn’t come fast enough. Instead of being open, you’re closed up tight. Thats’s the worst sin of all – the sin of omission.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “The fact that she accomplishes nothing, that she is nothing, will make her impulses only the more passionate. Empty and unlimited, she seeks from within her nothingness to attain All.”
Simone de Beauvoir Quote: “It is because I reject lies and running away that I am accused of pessimism; but this rejection implies hope – the hope that truth may be of use. And this is a more optimistic attitude than the choice of indifference, ignorance or sham.”
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