Simone Weil Quotes

Whenever a human being, through the commission of a crime, has become exiled from good, he needs to be reintegrated with it through suffering. The suffering should be inflicted with the aim of bringing the soul to recognize freely some day that its infliction was just.

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

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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.

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Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ, I commit the sin of envy.

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Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors, who when their turn comes will manufacture professors

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

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The highest ecstasy is the attention at its fullest.

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The real stumbling-block of totalitarian regimes is not the spiritual need of men for freedom of thought; it is men's inability to stand the physical and nervous strain of a permanent state of excitement, except during a few years of their youth.

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The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism, tuberculosis, and some other diseases, much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil.

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At the bottom of the heart of every human being, from earliest infancy until the tomb, there is something that goes on indomitably expecting, in the teeth of all experience of crimes committed, suffered, and witnessed, that good and not evil will be done

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The payment of debts is necessary for social order. The non-payment is quite equally necessary for social order. For centuries humanity has oscillated, serenely unaware, between these two contradictory necessities.

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Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.

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

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Nothing can have as its destination anything other than its origin. The contrary idea, the idea of progress, is poison.

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