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Simone De Beauvoir
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Weakness' is weakness only in light of the aims man sets for himself, the instruments at his disposal and the laws he imposes. Simone De Beauvoir
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The younger and healthier a woman is and the more her new and glossy body seems destined for eternal freshness, the less useful is artifice; but the carnal weakness of this prey that man takes and its ominous deterioration always have to be hidden from him...In any case, the more traits and proportions of a woman seem contrived, the more she delighted the heart of man because she seemed to escape the metamorphosis of natural things. The result is this strange paradox that by desiring to grasp nature, but transfigured, in woman, man destines her to artifice. Simone De Beauvoir
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it is so difficult not to become vain about one's own good luck. Simone De Beauvoir
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Cooking is revolution and creation ... Simone De Beauvoir
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the Sahara was a spectacle as alive as the sea. The tints of the dunes changed according to the time of day and the angle of the light: golden as apricots from far off, when we drove close to them they turned to freshly made butter; behind us they grew pink; from sand to rock, the materials of which the desert was made varied as much as its tints ... Simone De Beauvoir
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The arrogance of some Christians would close heaven to them if, to their misfortune, it existed. Simone De Beauvoir
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... words have to murder reality before they can hold it captive ... Simone De Beauvoir
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A Darwinian nation of economic fitness abhors idleness, dependence, non-productivity. Simone De Beauvoir
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Christianity gave eroticism its savor of sin and legend when it endowed the human female with a soul. Simone De Beauvoir
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This has always been a man's world, and none of the reasons that have been offered in explanation have seemed adequate. Simone De Beauvoir
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Today, however, we are having a hard time living because we are so bent on outwitting death. Simone De Beauvoir
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It is doubtless impossible to approach any human problems with a mind free from bias. Simone De Beauvoir
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One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius; and the feminine situation has up to the present rendered this becoming practically impossible. Simone De Beauvoir
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I was born in Italy on the 17th May 1279 in a castle in the city of Carmona. Simone De Beauvoir
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Try to stay a man amongst men... There's no other hope for you. Simone De Beauvoir
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The point is not for women simply to take power out of men's hands, since that would' change anything about the world. It's a question precisely of destroying that notion of power. Simone De Beauvoir
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I take on a shape and an existence only if I first throw myself into the world by loving, by doing. Simone De Beauvoir
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It is a difficult matter for man to realize the extreme importance of social discriminations which seem outwardly insignificant but which produce in woman moral and intellectual effects so profound that they appear to spring from her original nature. Simone De Beauvoir
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Some things I loved have vanished. A great many others have been given to me Simone De Beauvoir
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Tragedies are all right for a while: you are concerned, you are curious, you feel good. And then it gets repetitive, it doesn't advance, it grows dreadfully boring: it is so very boring, even for me. Simone De Beauvoir
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The earthly meaning of eternal life was death, and she refused to die. Simone De Beauvoir
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Every war, every revolution, demands the sacrifice of a generation, of a collectivity, by those who undertake it. Simone De Beauvoir
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If her functioning as a female is not enough to define woman, if we decline also to explain her through "the eternal feminine," and if nevertheless we admit, provisionally, that women do exist, then we must face the question: what is a woman? Simone De Beauvoir
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If you haven't been happy very young, you can still be happy later on, but it's much harder. You need more luck. Simone De Beauvoir
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It's only arrogance if you're wrong. Simone De Beauvoir
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In order to be an artist, one must be deeply rooted in the society. Simone De Beauvoir
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Literature takes its revenge on reality by making it the slave of fiction ... Simone De Beauvoir
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from one minute to the next the present is merely an honorary past. It must be filled unceasingly anew to dissemble the curse it carries within itself; that is why Americans like speed, alcohol, thriller films and any sensational news: the demand for new things, and ever newer things, is feverish since nowhere will they rest. Simone De Beauvoir
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One can hardly tell women that washing up saucepans is their divine mission, [so] they are told that bringing up children is their divine mission. But the way things are in the world, bringing up children has a great deal in common with washing up saucepans. Simone De Beauvoir
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As long as the family and the myth of the family ... have not been destroyed, women will still be oppressed. Simone De Beauvoir
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Francoise could not help taking a surreptitious glance at Xaviere: she gave a start of amazement. Xaviere was no longer watching, her head was lowered. Francoise barely suppressed a scream. The girl was pressing the lighted end against her skin, a bitter smile curling her lips. It was an intimate, solitary smile, like that of a half-wit; the voluptuous, tortured smile of a woman possessed of some secret pleasure. Simone De Beauvoir
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You have never had any confidence in him. And if he has no confidence in himself it is because he sees himself through your eyes. Simone De Beauvoir
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To lose confidence in one's body is to lose confidence in oneself. Simone De Beauvoir
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One can not start by saying our earthly destiny has or has not importance, for it depends on us to give it importance. Simone De Beauvoir
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Woman is shut up in a kitchen or in a boudoir, and astonishment is expressed that her horizon is limited. Her wings are clipped, and it is found deplorable that she cannot fly. Simone De Beauvoir
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Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with the absolute truth. Simone De Beauvoir
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One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. Simone De Beauvoir
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It is not in giving life but in risking life that man is raised above the animal; that is why superiority has been accorded in humanity not to the sex that brings forth but to that which kills. Simone De Beauvoir
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Oppression tries to defend itself by its utility. Simone De Beauvoir
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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
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One day I'll be old, dead, forgotten. And at this very moment, while I'm sitting here thinking these things, a man in a dingy hotel room is thinking, "I will always be here. Simone De Beauvoir
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Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition.... The housewife wears herself out marking time: she makes nothing, simply perpetuates the present. Simone De Beauvoir
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The Communists, following Hegel, speak of humanity and its future as of some monolithic individuality. I was attacking this illusion. Simone De Beauvoir
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It's true that what you find in New York is something other than America. Only small towns and small countries are self-satisfied; a real capital goes beyond its borders. Simone De Beauvoir
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We belong to this earth. Now I can see the truth ... I love you on this earth of ours. Love me, do! Simone De Beauvoir
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If I were proud of anything in my life, it would be of our love. I feel we have to tell to each other as many things as we can, so we are not only lovers, but the closest of friends at the same time. Simone De Beauvoir
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One is not conceived a lady, one turns into one. Simone De Beauvoir
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Each of us is responsible for everything and to every human being. Simone De Beauvoir
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Hegel held that the two sexes were of necessity different, the one being active and the other passive, and of course the female would be the passive one. Simone De Beauvoir
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Woman is determined not by her hormones or by mysterious instincts, but by the manner in which her body and her relation to the world are modified through the action of others than herself. Simone De Beauvoir
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I've always been keenly aware of the passing of time. I've always thought that I was old. Even when I was twelve, I thought it was awful to be thirty. I felt that something was lost. At the same time, I was aware of what I could gain, and certain periods of my life have taught me a great deal. But, in spite of everything, I've always been haunted by the passing of time and by the fact that death keeps closing in on us. Simone De Beauvoir
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Existentialism does not offer to the reader the consolations of an abstract evasion: existentialism proposes no evasion. On the contrary, its ethics is experienced in the truth of life, and it then appears as the only proposition of salvation which one can address to men. Simone De Beauvoir
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To abstain from politics is in itself a political attitude. Simone De Beauvoir
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If the feminine issue is so absurd, is because the male's arrogance made it "a discussion Simone De Beauvoir
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Anger or revolt that does not get into the muscles remains a figment of the imagination. Simone De Beauvoir
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To show your true ability is always, in a sense, to surpass the limits of your ability, to go a little beyond them: to dare, to seek, to invent; it is at such a moment that new talents are revealed, discovered, and realized Simone De Beauvoir
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it is not the inferiority of women that has caused their historical insignificance; it is rather their historical insignificance that has doomed them to inferiority. Simone De Beauvoir
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Society turns away from the aged worker as though he belonged to another species. That is why the whole question is buried in a conspiracy of silence. Old age exposes the failure of our entire civilization. Simone De Beauvoir
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The father's life is surrounded by mysterious prestige: the hours he spends in the home, the room where he works, the objects around him, his occupations, his habits, have a sacred character. It is he who feeds the family, is the one in charge and the head. Usually he works outside the home, and it is through him that the household communicates with the rest of the world: he is the embodiment of this adventurous, immense, difficult, and marvelous world; he is transcendence, he is God. Simone De Beauvoir
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I'm not against mothers. I am against the ideology which expects every woman to have children, and I'm against the circumstances under which mothers have to have their children. Simone De Beauvoir
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I would stand transfixed before the windows of the confectioners' shops, fascinated by the luminous sparkle of candied fruits, the cloudy lustre of jellies, the kaleidoscope inflorescence of acidulated fruit drops - red, green, orange, violet: I coveted the colours themselves as much as the pleasure they promised me. Simone De Beauvoir
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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. That's the worst sin of all - the sin of omission. Simone De Beauvoir
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A couple who go on living together merely because that was how they began, without any other reason: was that what we were turning into? Simone De Beauvoir
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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
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But I must admit I didn't like that idea; do the same thing as everyone else. Eating to live, living to eat - that had been the nightmare of my adolescence. If it meant going back to that, if would be just as well to turn on the gas at once. But I suppose everyone thinks of things like that: let's turn on the gas at once. And you don't turn it on. Simone De Beauvoir
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Live with no time-out. Simone De Beauvoir
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A man would never get the notion of writing a book on the peculiar situation of the human male. Simone De Beauvoir
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A life is such a strange object, at one moment translucent, at another utterly opaque, an object I make with my own hands, an object imposed on me, an object for which the world provides the raw material and then steals it from me again, pulverized by events, scattered, broken, scored yet retaining its unity; how heavy it is and how inconsistent: this contradiction breeds many misunderstandings. Simone De Beauvoir
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To be moral is to discover fundamentally ones own being. Simone De Beauvoir
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I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom. Simone De Beauvoir
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