Best Quotes by Simone Weil (Top 10)

  1. Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.
  2. All sins are attempts to fill voids.
  3. Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.
  4. Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand.
  5. To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.
  6. Whether the mask is labeled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the apparatus—the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier of the battle lines, which is not so much our enemy as our brothers' enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to this apparatus and to trample underfoot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and in others.
  7. We must not wish for the disappearance of our troubles but for the grace to transform them.
  8. Everything beautiful has a mark of eternity.
  9. If we go down into ourselves, we find that we possess exactly what we desire.
  10. Do not allow yourself to be imprisoned by any affection. Keep your solitude. The day, if it ever comes, when you are given true affection, there will be no opposition between interior solitude and friendship, quite the reverse. It is even by this infallible sigh that you will recognize it.

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