Simone Weil

Simone Weil

Simone Weil (3 February 1909 – 24 August 1943) was a French philosopher, mystic, and political activist. Weil wrote throughout her life, though most of her writings did not attract much attention until after her death. In the 1950s and 1960s, her work became famous on continental Europe and throughout the English-speaking world. Her thought has continued to be the subject of extensive scholarship across a wide range of fields.

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Humility is attentive patience.

Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.

Evil, when we are in its power, is not felt as evil but as a necessity, even a duty.

Petroleum is a more likely cause of international conflict than wheat.

A self-respecting nation is ready for anything including war, except for a renunciation of its option to make war.

I suffer more from the humiliations inflicted by my country than from those inflicted on her.

The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.

In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.

Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.

Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims, the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates. The truth is nobody really possesses it.

In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention.

Charity. To love human beings in so far as they are nothing. That is to love them as God does.

It is only the impossible that is possible for God. He has given over the possible to the mechanics of matter and the autonomy of his creatures.

To be a hero or a heroine one must give an order to oneself.

Life does not need to mutilate itself in order to be pure.

Most works of art like most wines ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication.

If we are suffering illness poverty or misfortune we think we shall be satisfied on the day it ceases. But there too we know it is false, so soon as one has got used to not suffering one wants something else.

To get power over is to defile. To possess is to defile.

I would suggest that barbarism be considered as a permanent and universal human characteristic which becomes more or less pronounced according to the play of circumstances.

Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.

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