Simone de Beauvoir

(Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir)

Simone de Beauvoir
Simone de Beauvoir
  • Born: January 9, 1908
  • Died: April 14, 1986
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Writer









Quote Topics Cited
… failure is a very condition of his life; one can never dream of eliminating it without immediately dreaming of death. This does not mean that one should consent to failure, but rather one must consent to struggle against it without respite. Management & Managing Government
… it is not sufficient to change laws, institutions and customs. It is essential that women acquire ‘a new skin’. This can occur only through a collective effort while women suffer and loathe the oppression of men; it does not follow that her ovaries condemn her to be on her knees for eternity. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
All oppression creates a state of war. War & Peace
Christianity gave eroticism its savor of sin and legend when it endowed the human female with a soul. Scandals
Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself. Truth ;Human Nature
From the time we entered Texas, everywhere we go there’s the smell of hatred in the air – the arrogant hatred of whites, the silent hatred of blacks. Discrimination & Prejudice
I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth — and truth rewarded me. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Men of today seem to feel more acutely than ever the paradox of their condition. They know themselves to be the supreme end to which all action should be subordinated, but the exigencies of action force them to treat one another as instruments or obstacles, as means. The more widespread their mastery of the world, the more they find themselves crushed by uncontrollable forces. Human Nature
Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable. Society ;Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
Society has always been male; political power has always been in the hands of men. Power
Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior: she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male's superiority. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The Communists, following Hegel, speak of humanity and its future as of some monolithic individuality. I was attacking this illusion. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The only public good is that which assures the private good of the citizens. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
These carefree young Americans were freedom incarnate: our own and also the freedom that was about to spread – we had no doubts on this score – throughout world. Freedom & Liberty
Those interested in perpetuating present conditions are always in tears about the marvelous past that is about to disappear. Liberals & Conservatives
With regard to the past, no further action is possible. History
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. Power
Art is an attempt to integrate evil. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Buying is a profound pleasure.
Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay. Life ;Motivation
I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity.
I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me. Truth ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom. Life ;Freedom & Liberty
If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.
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 the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.
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. Life
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. Life ;Time ;Death
Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying. Life
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.
No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility. Women
One is not born a woman, but becomes one.
One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.
One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Sympathy
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. Truth ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.
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.
Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior; she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male's superiority. Society
The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women. Women
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The writer of originality, unless dead, is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels.
This has always been a man's world, and none of the reasons that have been offered in explanation have seemed adequate.
To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job. Relationships ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object.
What is an adult? A child blown up by age.
When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he does become inferior.
Why one man rather than another? It was odd. You find yourself involved with a fellow for life just because he was the one that you met when you were nineteen. Life