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42 Simone de Beauvoir Quotes (PHILOSOPHY)

Top 10 Most Famous Simone de Beauvoir Quotes (BEST)

“I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.”

Simone de Beauvoir
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.
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.
Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
She was ready to deny the existence of space and time rather than admit that love might not be eternal.
She was ready to deny the existence of space and time rather than admit that love might not be eternal.
One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.
One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.
That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.
That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.
One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.
One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.
Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with the absolute truth.
Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with the absolute truth.
Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.
Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.
To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.
To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.

2 Simone de Beauvoir Quotes on Truth

I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me.
I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth – and truth rewarded me.
Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with absolute truth.
Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with absolute truth.

7 Wise Simone de Beauvoir Quotes About Life (WISDOM)

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others.
One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others.
Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.
Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.
If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.
If you live long enough, you’ll see that every victory turns into a defeat.
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.
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.
When I was a child, when I was an adolescent, books saved me from despair that convinced me that culture was the highest of values.
When I was a child, when I was an adolescent, books saved me from despair: that convinced me that culture was the highest of values.
I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
Each of us is responsible for everything and to every human being.
Each of us is responsible for everything and to every human being.

6 Simone de Beauvoir Quotes on Love and Relationships

“On the day when it will be possible for woman to love not in her weakness but in her strength, not to escape herself but to find herself, not to abase herself but to assert herself – on that day love will become for her, as for man, a source of life and not of mortal danger.”

Simone de Beauvoir
In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.
In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.
To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.
To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.
The word love has by no means the same sense for both sexes, and this is one cause of the serious misunderstandings that divide them.
The word love has by no means the same sense for both sexes, and this is one cause of the serious misunderstandings that divide them.
A man attaches himself to woman - not to enjoy her, but to enjoy himself.
A man attaches himself to woman – not to enjoy her, but to enjoy himself.
What would Prince Charming have for occupation if he had not to awaken the Sleeping beauty?
What would Prince Charming have for occupation if he had not to awaken the Sleeping beauty?

7 Simone de Beauvoir Quotes on Women

“Women are destined to a life of immorality because for a woman, to be moral is to embody something impossible: the strong woman, the admirable mother, the honest woman.”

Simone de Beauvoir
If the feminine issue is so absurd, is because the male's arrogance made it 'a discussion.'
If the feminine issue is so absurd, is because the male’s arrogance made it ‘a discussion.’
Women are not the victims of some mysterious fate: our ovaries do not condemn us to a lifetime of submission.
Women are not the victims of some mysterious fate: our ovaries do not condemn us to a lifetime of submission.
Women who do not fear men make men afraid, a young man once told me.
Women who do not fear men make men afraid, a young man once told me.
A woman is what a man says she is, and everything that he cannot be.
A woman is what a man says she is, and everything that he cannot be.
One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius; and the feminine situation has up to the present rendered this becoming practically impossible.
One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius; and the feminine situation has up to the present rendered this becoming practically impossible.
Women’s mutual understanding comes from the fact that they identify themselves with each other; but for the same reason each is against the others.
Women’s mutual understanding comes from the fact that they identify themselves with each other; but for the same reason each is against the others.

4 Simone de Beauvoir Quotes on Men

No one is more arrogant, more aggressive or more disdainful towards women, than a man who is fearful for his masculinity.
No one is more arrogant, more aggressive or more disdainful towards women, than a man who is fearful for his masculinity.
Men do not like tomboys, nor bluestockings, nor thinking women; too much audacity, culture, intelligence, or character frightens them.
Men do not like tomboys, nor bluestockings, nor thinking women; too much audacity, culture, intelligence, or character frightens them.
Man is defined as a human being and woman as a female – whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.
Man is defined as a human being and woman as a female – whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.
The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women.
The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women.

6 Simone de Beauvoir Quotes that will Make You Think

The body is not a thing, it is a situation: it is our grasp on the world and our sketch of our project.
The body is not a thing, it is a situation: it is our grasp on the world and our sketch of our project.
What an odd thing a diary is: the things you omit are more important than those you put in.
What an odd thing a diary is: the things you omit are more important than those you put in.
All oppression creates a state of war. And this is no exception.
All oppression creates a state of war. And this is no exception.
I was made for another planet altogether. I mistook the way.
I was made for another planet altogether. I mistook the way.
Her wings are cut and then she is blamed for not knowing how to fly.
Her wings are cut and then she is blamed for not knowing how to fly.
To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object.
To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object.

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