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Simone Weil Quotes: "Affliction compels us to recognize as real what we do not think possible."

Affliction compels us to recognize as real what we do not think possible.




Simone Weil Quotes: "Pain is the root of knowledge."

Pain is the root of knowledge.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention."

Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention.



Simone Weil Quotes: "There is one, and only one, thing in modern society more hideous than crime namely, repressive justice."

There is one, and only one, thing in modern society more hideous than crime namely, repressive justice.




Simone Weil Quotes: "A mind enclosed in language is in prison."

A mind enclosed in language is in prison.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace."

Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Every perfect life is a parable invented by God."

Every perfect life is a parable invented by God.




Simone Weil Quotes: "It is an eternal obligation toward the human being not to let him suffer from hunger when one has a chance of coming to his assistance."

It is an eternal obligation toward the human being not to let him suffer from hunger when one has a chance of coming to his assistance.



Simone Weil Quotes: "The role of the intelligence - that part of us which affirms and denies and formulates opinions is merely to submit."

The role of the intelligence - that part of us which affirms and denies and formulates opinions is merely to submit.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being."

Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being.



Simone Weil Quotes: "There isn't a man on earth who doesn't at times pronounce an opinion on good and evil, even if it be only to find fault with somebody else."

There isn't a man on earth who doesn't at times pronounce an opinion on good and evil, even if it be only to find fault with somebody else.



Simone Weil Quotes: "There are two atheisms of which one is a purification of the notion of God."

There are two atheisms of which one is a purification of the notion of God.




Simone Weil Quotes: "A beautiful woman looking at her image in the mirror may very well believe the image is herself. An ugly woman knows it is not."

A beautiful woman looking at her image in the mirror may very well believe the image is herself. An ugly woman knows it is not.



Simone Weil Quotes: "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."

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.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Charity. To love human beings in so far as they are nothing. That is to love them as God does."

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



Simone Weil Quotes: "We have to believe in a God who is like the true God in everything except that he does not exist, since we have not reached the point where God exists."

We have to believe in a God who is like the true God in everything except that he does not exist, since we have not reached the point where God exists.



Simone Weil Quotes: "It is impossible to forgive whoever has done us harm if that harm has lowered us. We have to think that it has not lowered us, but has revealed our true level."

It is impossible to forgive whoever has done us harm if that harm has lowered us. We have to think that it has not lowered us, but has revealed our true level.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Humility is attentive patience."

Humility is attentive patience.



Simone Weil Quotes: "One must always be prepared to switch sides with justice, that fugitive of the winning camp."

One must always be prepared to switch sides with justice, that fugitive of the winning camp.



Simone Weil Quotes: "If we go down into ourselves we find that we possess exactly what we desire."

If we go down into ourselves we find that we possess exactly what we desire.



Simone Weil Quotes: "In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish."

In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish.



Simone Weil Quotes: "A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves."

A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves.



Simone Weil Quotes: "The sum of the particular intentions of God is the universe itself."

The sum of the particular intentions of God is the universe itself.



Simone Weil Quotes: "I can, therefore I am."

I can, therefore I am.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life."

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



Simone Weil Quotes: "The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell."

The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.



Simone Weil Quotes: "It is to the prodigals...that the memory of their Father's house comes back. If the son had lived economically he would never have thought of returning."

It is to the prodigals...that the memory of their Father's house comes back. If the son had lived economically he would never have thought of returning.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Beauty always promises, but never gives anything."

Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge."

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



Simone Weil Quotes: "To love purely is to consent to distance, it is to adore the distance between ourselves and that which we love."

To love purely is to consent to distance, it is to adore the distance between ourselves and that which we love.



Simone Weil Quotes: "The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know."

The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.



Simone Weil Quotes: "More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic."

More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Love of God is pure when joy and suffering inspire an equal degree of gratitude."

Love of God is pure when joy and suffering inspire an equal degree of gratitude.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Fashion exerts more power in science than it does on the shape of hats."

Fashion exerts more power in science than it does on the shape of hats.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Those who love a cause are those who love the life which has to be led in order to serve it."

Those who love a cause are those who love the life which has to be led in order to serve it.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Love is not consolation. It is light."

Love is not consolation. It is light.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Grace fills empty spaces but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it and it is grace itself which makes this void."

Grace fills empty spaces but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it and it is grace itself which makes this void.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Today Relative to Yesterday or Tomorrow The future is made of the same stuff as the present."

Today Relative to Yesterday or Tomorrow The future is made of the same stuff as the present.



Simone Weil Quotes: "All sins are attempts to fill voids."

All sins are attempts to fill voids.



Simone Weil Quotes: "When I think of the Crucifixion, I commit the sin of envy."

When I think of the Crucifixion, I commit the sin of envy.



Simone Weil Quotes: "A hateful act is the transference to others of the degradation we bear in ourselves."

A hateful act is the transference to others of the degradation we bear in ourselves.



Simone Weil Quotes: "A work of art has an author and yet when it is perfect it has something which is anonymous about it."

A work of art has an author and yet when it is perfect it has something which is anonymous about it.



Simone Weil Quotes: "We have to endure the discordance between imagination and fact. It is better to say, “I am suffering, ” than to say, “This landscape is ugly."

We have to endure the discordance between imagination and fact. It is better to say, “I am suffering, ” than to say, “This landscape is ugly.



Simone Weil Quotes: "To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art or life."

To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art or life.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings."

Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings.



Simone Weil Quotes: "He who has not God in himself cannot feel His absence."

He who has not God in himself cannot feel His absence.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Those who serve a cause are not those who love that cause. They are those who love the life which has to be led in order to serve it - except in the case of the very purest and they are rare."

Those who serve a cause are not those who love that cause. They are those who love the life which has to be led in order to serve it - except in the case of the very purest and they are rare.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose."

Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose.



Simone Weil Quotes: "Fire destroys that which feeds it."

Fire destroys that which feeds it.