Simone de Beauvoir

1908 - 1986

A Quote by Simone de Beauvoir on age and life

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There is only one solution if old age is not to be an absurd parody of our former life, and that is to go on pursuing ends that give our existence a meaning - devotion to individuals, to groups or to causes, social, political, intellectual or creative work.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986)

Source: The Coming of Age

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A Quote by Simone de Beauvoir

I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986)

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A Quote by 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.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986)

Source: Tete a Tete: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre-Hazel Rowley

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A Quote by Simone de Beauvoir on freedom, life, purity, and wishes

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

Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986)

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A Quote by Simone de Beauvoir on circumstances, individuality, and talent

However gifted an individual is at the outset, if his or her talents cannot be developed because of his or her social condition, because of the surrounding circumstances, these talents will be still-born.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986)

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A Quote by Simone de Beauvoir on eternity, questions, and women

If her functioning as a female is not enough to define woman, if we decline also to explain her through "the eternal feminine," and if nevertheless we admit, provisionally, that women do exist, then we must face the question: what is a woman?

Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986)

Source: The Second Sex

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A Quote by Simone de Beauvoir on women

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One is not born a woman, one becomes one.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986)

Source: The Second Sex

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A Quote by Simone de Beauvoir on genius

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One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986)

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A Quote by Simone de Beauvoir on animals, giving, humanity, life, sex, and superiority

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.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986)

Source: The Second Sex (1950)

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A Quote by Simone de Beauvoir on humanity, hypocrisy, and slavery

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.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986)

Source: The Second Sex (1950)

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