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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.
Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future act now without delay.
What do you believe in ?""People's sufferings, and the fact that it is abominable. One should do everything to abolish it. To tell you the truth, nothing else seems to me of any importance.
Fathers never have exactly the daughters they want because they invent a notion a them that the daughters have to conform to.
If I were to share Jaques' existence I would find it hard to hold my own against him, for already I found his nihilism contagious.
Girls are weighed down by restrictions, boys with demands - two equally harmful disciplines.
I’ve done everything I wanted to do, writing books, learning about things, but I’ve been swindled all the same because it’s never anything more.
I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me.
You can't assume the responsibility for everything you do-or don't do.
One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, and compassion
The fact that we are human beings is infinitely more important than all the peculiarities that distinguish human beings from one another.
One is not born a woman - one becomes one.
All oppression creates a state of war.
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.
Ethics is the triumph of freedom over facticity.
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
That's what I consider true generosity. You give your all and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.
I was too much of an extremist to be able to live under the eye of God and at the same time say both yes and no to life
It was easier for me to think of a world without a creator than of a creator burdened with all the contradictions in the world.
What is an adult? A child blown up by age.
The facts of religion were convincing only to those who were already convinced.
Every war, every revolution, demands the sacrifice of a generation, of a collectivity, by those who undertake it.
To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.
There were no scruples, no feelings of respect or loyal affection that would stop us from making up our minds by the pure light of reason - and of our own desires.
Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
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.
It's not a very big step from contentment to complacency.
What an odd thing a diary is: the things you omit are more important than those you put in.
The misfortune is that although everyone must come to [death], each experiences the adventure in solitude. We never left Maman during those last days... and yet we were profoundly separated from her.
One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.
If you live long enough you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.
It is dreadful to think that behind me my own past is no longer anything but shifting darkness.
To catch a husband is an art to hold him is a job.
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.
They use the pretext of avoiding war, to make you swallow any kind of peace, said Paul. They use the pretext of a revolution to involve us in any kind of war, said Jardinet.
The role of a retired person is no longer to possess one.
Vengeance is pointless, but certain men do not have a place in the world we sought to construct
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.
Vengeance is pointless, but certain men did not have a place in the world we sought to construct
Today, however, we are having a hard time living because we are so bent on outwitting death.
Live with no time out.
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.
One always has to wait until the sugar melts, the memory dies, the wound scars over, the sun sets, the unhappiness lifts and fades away.
One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others by means of love friendship indignation and compassion.
In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome stubbornness is stupid.
Those interested in perpetuating present conditions are always in tears about the marvelous past that is about to disappear without having so much as a smile for the young future.
Living by proxy is always a precarious expedient.
There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.
To be oneself, simply oneself, is so amazing and utterly unique an experience that it's hard to convince oneself so singular a thing happens to everybody.
Have you ever felt in your inmost being, the conscience of others?' again she was trembling, the words were not releasing her. 'It's intolerable you know