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Simone de Beauvoir
January 9, 1908 - April 14, 1986
Nationality: French
Category: Writer
Subcategory: French Writer

Art is an attempt to integrate evil.


It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.

    Topics: Age, Death

What is an adult? A child blown up by age.


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.


It is not in giving life but in risking life that man is raised above the animal; that is why superiority has been accorded in humanity not to the sex that brings forth but to that which kills.


No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.


All oppression creates a state of war.


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.


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 is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.


The writer of originality, unless dead, is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels.


I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity.


Sex pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.


Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female - whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.


Buying is a profound pleasure.


To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object.


When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he does become inferior.


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.


I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.


All the idols made by man, however terrifying they may be, are in point of fact subordinate to him, and that is why he will always have it in his power to destroy them.


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