36 Simone De Beauvoir Quotes

 

1. “There is only one good. And that is to act according to the dictates of one’s conscience.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

2. “It’s only arrogance if you’re wrong.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

3. “It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for living.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

4. “Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

5. “I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

6. “To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

7. “There is only one solution if old age is not to be an absurd parody of our former life, and that is to go on pursuing ends that give our existence a meaning.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

8. “Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 



 

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9. “Men of today seem to feel more acutely than ever the paradox of their condition. They know themselves to be the supreme end to which all action should be subordinated, but the exigencies of action force them to treat one another as instruments or obstacles, as means. The more widespread their mastery of the world, the more they find themselves crushed by uncontrollable forces.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

10. “Man is defined as a human being and woman as a female – whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

11. “No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

12. “That’s what I consider true generosity. You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

13. “I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

14. “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

 

15. “All oppression creates a state of war; this is no exception.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

16. “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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17. “To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

18. “If you live long enough, you’ll see that every victory turns into a defeat.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

19. “The curse which lies upon marriage is that too often the individuals are joined in their weakness rather than in their strength, each asking from the other instead of finding pleasure in giving.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

20. “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

 

21. “There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

22. “She was ready to deny the existence of space and time rather than admit that love might not be eternal.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

23. “The body is not a thing, it is a situation: it is our grasp on the world and our sketch of our project.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

24. “Each of us is responsible for everything and to every human being.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

25. “The point is not for women simply to take power out of men’s hands since that wouldn’t change anything about the world. It’s a question precisely of destroying that notion of power.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

26. “Work almost always has a double aspect: it is a bondage, a wearisome drudgery; but it is also a source of interest, a steadying element, a factor that helps to integrate the worker with society. Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

27. “One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation, compassion.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

28. “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

 

29. “Regardless of the staggering dimensions of the world about us, the density of our ignorance, the risks of catastrophes to come, and our individual weakness within the immense collectivity, the fact remains that we are absolutely free today if we choose to will our existence in its finiteness, a finiteness which is open on the infinite. And in fact, any man who has known real loves, real revolts, real desires, and real will knows quite well that he has no need of any outside guarantee to be sure of his goals; their certitude comes from his own drive.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

“Oppression tries to defend itself by its utility. But we have seen that it is one of the lies of the serious mind to attempt to give the word “useful” an absolute meaning; nothing is useful if it is not useful to man; nothing is useful to man if the latter is not in a position to define his own ends and values, if he is not free.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

31. “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 



 

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32. “Society cares about the individual only in so far as he is profitable. The young know this. Their anxiety as they enter in upon social life matches the anguish of the old as they are excluded from it.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

33. “I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. I want this adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

34. “Sex pleasure in women is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

35. “‎A day in which I don’t write leaves a taste of ashes.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

36. “I was made for another planet altogether. I mistook the way.” — SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

 

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