Simone Weil

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Simone Weil (/veɪ/; French: [simɔn vɛj]; 3 February 1909 – 24 August 1943) was a French philosopher, Christian mystic, and political activist. After her graduation from formal education, Weil became a teacher. She taught intermittently throughout the 1930s, taking several breaks due to poor health and to devote herself to political activism, work that would see her assisting in the trade union movement, taking the side of the Anarchists known as the Durruti Column in the Spanish Civil War, and spending more than a year working as a labourer, mostly in auto factories, so she could better understand the working class. Taking a path that was unusual among twentieth-century left-leaning intellectuals, she became more religious and inclined towards mysticism as her life progressed. Weil wrote throughout her life, though most of her writings did not attract much attention until after her de... More

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Simone Weil #Art #Friendship

Photo of Simone Weil To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art or life.
Simone Weil #Art

Photo of Simone Weil Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication.
Simone Weil #War

Photo of Simone Weil What a country calls its vital... interests are not things that help its people live, but things that help it make war.
Simone Weil #Beauty

Photo of Simone Weil Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.
Simone Weil #Beauty #Equality #Truth

Photo of Simone Weil 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 #Best #Work

Photo of Simone Weil To write the lives of the great in separating them from their works necessarily ends by above all stressing their pettiness, because it is in their work that they have put the best of themselves.
Simone Weil #Equality

Photo of Simone Weil 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 #Faith

Photo of Simone Weil The mysteries of faith are degraded if they are made into an object of affirmation and negation, when in reality they should be an object of contemplation.
Simone Weil #Future

Photo of Simone Weil The future is made of the same stuff as the present.
Simone Weil #God #Science

Photo of Simone Weil A science which does not bring us nearer to God is worthless.
Simone Weil #God

Photo of Simone Weil Charity. To love human beings in so far as they are nothing. That is to love them as God does.
Simone Weil #Great

Photo of Simone Weil Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.
Simone Weil #History #Imagination

Photo of Simone Weil Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it.
Simone Weil #Imagination #Life

Photo of Simone Weil Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.
Simone Weil #Intelligence

Photo of Simone Weil The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.
Simone Weil #Intelligence

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

Photo of Simone Weil Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being.
Simone Weil #Knowledge

Photo of Simone Weil Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.
Simone Weil #Motivational

Photo of Simone Weil I can, therefore I am.
Simone Weil #Patience

Photo of Simone Weil Humility is attentive patience.
Simone Weil #Alone

Photo of Simone Weil We can only know one thing about God - that he is what we are not. Our wretchedness alone is an image of this. The more we contemplate it, the more we contemplate him.
Simone Weil #Power

Photo of Simone Weil To get power over is to defile. To possess is to defile.
Simone Weil #Power

Photo of Simone Weil Evil, when we are in its power, is not felt as evil, but as a necessity, even a duty.
Simone Weil #Respect

Photo of Simone Weil 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 #Teacher

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