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Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 01/09/1908




 

Simone de Beauvoir Quotes

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One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others.
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To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.
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I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
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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.
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What is an adult? A child blown up by age.
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Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.
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One is not born a woman, but becomes one.
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The writer of originality, unless dead, is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels.
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The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women.
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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.
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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.
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It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.
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All oppression creates a state of war.
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Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female - whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.
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One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius.
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In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.
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I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity.
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Art is an attempt to integrate evil.
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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.
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In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.
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I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me.
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Buying is a profound pleasure.
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Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.
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No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.
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Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying.
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