Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir

Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir (9 January 1908 – 14 April 1986) was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory.

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Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future act now without delay.

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.

Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself.

Art is an attempt to integrate evil.

In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.

The writer of originality unless dead is always shocking scandalous, novelty disturbs and repels.

No one is more arrogant toward women more aggressive or scornful than the man who is anxious about his virility.

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.

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others by means of love friendship indignation and compassion.

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.

One is not born a woman but becomes one.

I am incapable of conceiving infinity and yet I do not accept finity.

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.

Sex pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell, it demands complete abandon, if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses the spell is broken.

This has always been a man's world and none of the reasons that have been offered in explanation have seemed adequate.

To make oneself an object to make oneself passive is a very different thing from being a passive object.

To catch a husband is an art, to hold him is a job.

I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me.

All oppression creates a state of war.

What is an adult? A child blown up by age.

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.

Society being codified by man decrees that woman is inferior, she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male's superiority.

Buying is a profound pleasure.

If you live long enough you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.

Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself, if all it does is maintain itself then living is only not dying.

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.

The word love has by no means the same sense for both sexes, and this is one cause of the serious misunderstandings that divide them.

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.

Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.

When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority the fact is that he does become inferior.

The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women.

Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.

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.

One is not born but rather becomes a woman.