Simone De Beauvoir Quotes & Wallpapers

Simone De Beauvoir
Total Quotes: 397

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

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

Christianity gave eroticism its savor of sin and legend when it endowed the human female with a soul. Simone De Beauvoir

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

it is so difficult not to become vain about one's own good luck. Simone De Beauvoir

Cooking is revolution and creation ... Simone De Beauvoir

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

The arrogance of some Christians would close heaven to them if, to their misfortune, it existed. Simone De Beauvoir

... words have to murder reality before they can hold it captive ... Simone De Beauvoir

A Darwinian nation of economic fitness abhors idleness, dependence, non-productivity. Simone De Beauvoir

Today, however, we are having a hard time living because we are so bent on outwitting death. Simone De Beauvoir

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

I take on a shape and an existence only if I first throw myself into the world by loving, by doing. Simone De Beauvoir

I was born in Italy on the 17th May 1279 in a castle in the city of Carmona. Simone De Beauvoir

Try to stay a man amongst men... There's no other hope for you. Simone De Beauvoir

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

It is doubtless impossible to approach any human problems with a mind free from bias. Simone De Beauvoir

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

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

The earthly meaning of eternal life was death, and she refused to die. Simone De Beauvoir

Every war, every revolution, demands the sacrifice of a generation, of a collectivity, by those who undertake it. Simone De Beauvoir

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

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

To lose confidence in one's body is to lose confidence in oneself. Simone De Beauvoir

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

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

Each of us is responsible for everything and to every human being. Simone De Beauvoir

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

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

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

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

It's only arrogance if you're wrong. Simone De Beauvoir

In order to be an artist, one must be deeply rooted in the society. Simone De Beauvoir

Literature takes its revenge on reality by making it the slave of fiction ... Simone De Beauvoir

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

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

As long as the family and the myth of the family ... have not been destroyed, women will still be oppressed. Simone De Beauvoir

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

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

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

One is not conceived a lady, one turns into one. Simone De Beauvoir

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

The Communists, following Hegel, speak of humanity and its future as of some monolithic individuality. I was attacking this illusion. Simone De Beauvoir

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

Some things I loved have vanished. A great many others have been given to me Simone De Beauvoir

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

Oppression tries to defend itself by its utility. Simone De Beauvoir

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

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

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

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

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

A man would never get the notion of writing a book on the peculiar situation of the human male. Simone De Beauvoir

To abstain from politics is in itself a political attitude. Simone De Beauvoir

If the feminine issue is so absurd, is because the male's arrogance made it "a discussion Simone De Beauvoir

The knight departing for new adventures offends his lady, yet she has nothing but contempt for him if he remains at her feet. Simone De Beauvoir

I was very fond of Lagneau's phrase: "I have no comfort but in my absolute despair. Simone De Beauvoir

Anger or revolt that does not get into the muscles remains a figment of the imagination. Simone De Beauvoir

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

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

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

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

Live with no time-out. Simone De Beauvoir

To lose confidence in one's body is to lose confidence in oneself. Simone De Beauvoir

To be moral is to discover fundamentally ones own being. Simone De Beauvoir

Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day. The housewife wears herself out marking time: she makes nothing, simply perpetuates the present ... Eating, sleeping, cleaning - the years no longer rise up towards heaven, they lie spread out ahead, grey and identical. The battle against dust and dirt is never won. Simone De Beauvoir

To emancipate woman is to refuse to confine her to the relations she bears to man, not to deny them to her; let her have her independent existence and she will continue nonetheless to exist for him also: mutually recognising each other as subject, each will yet remain for the other an other...when we abolish the slavery of half of humanity, together with the whole system of hypocrisy that it implies, then the 'division' of humanity will reveal its genuine significance and the human couple will find its true form. Simone De Beauvoir

People seem to think that if you keep your head empty you automatically fill your balls. Simone De Beauvoir

To protest in the name of morality against 'excesses' or 'abuses' is an error which hints on active complicity. There are no 'abuses' or 'excesses' here, simpily an all-pervasive system. Simone De Beauvoir

A man is in the right in being a man; it is the woman who is in the wrong. Simone De Beauvoir

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