Simone de Beauvoir

French feminist and existentialist and novelist (1908-1986)

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Buying is a profound pleasure.
I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for the truth and truth rewarded me.
I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for the truth; and truth rewarded me.
In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men.
In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.
It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for living.
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.
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.
One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius.
Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.
Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.
That's what I consider true generosity. You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.
The curse which lies upon marriage is that too often the individuals are joined in their weakness rather than in their strength --each asking from the other instead of finding pleasure in giving. It is even more deceptive to dream of gaining through the child a plenitude, a warmth, a value, which one is unable to create for oneself; the child brings joy only to the woman who is capable of disinterestedly desiring the happiness of another, to one who without being wrapped up in self seeks to transcend her own existence.
To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.
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.
When we abolish the slavery of half of humanity, together with the whole system of hypocrisy it implies, then the 'division' of humanity will reveal its genuine significance and the human couple will find its true form.

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