Simone Weil Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old simone weil quotes, simone weil sayings, and simone weil proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God.     

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Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible does not give rise to revolt but to submission.     

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Punishment is a vital need of the human soul.     

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Every kind of reward constitutes a degradation of energy.     

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We must prefer real hell to an imaginary paradise.     

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For when two beings who are not friends are near each other there is no meeting, and when friends are far apart there is no separation.     

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Academic work is one of those fields which contain a pearl so precious that it is worth while to sell all our possessions, keeping nothing for ourselves, in order to be able to acquire it.     

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Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.     

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Everything which originates from pure love is lit with the radiance of beauty.     

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Every atheist is an idolater- unless he is worshipping the true God in his impersonal aspect. The majority of the pious are idolaters.     

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When a man's life is destroyed or damaged by some wound or privation of soul or body, which is due to other men's actions or negligence, it is not only his sensibility that suffers but also his aspiration toward the good. Therefore there has been sacrilege towards that which is sacred in him.     

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

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The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes.     

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The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say, "What are you going through?     

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To be always relevant, you have to say things which are eternal. To be always relevant, you have to say things which are eternal.     

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Everything which originates from pure love is lit with the radiance of beauty.     

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Meditation on the chance which led to the meeting of my mother and father is even more salutary than meditation on death.     

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