Simone De Beauvoir Quotes

Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir (/bo?v?w??r/; French: [sim?n d? bovwa?]; 9 January 1908 – 14 April 1986) was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory.

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Simone De Beauvoir


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

Simone De Beauvoir


To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.

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


Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.

Simone De Beauvoir


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.

Simone De Beauvoir


I would stand transfixed before the windows of the confectioners' shops, fascinated by the luminous sparkle of candied fruits, the cloudy lustre of jellies, the kaleidoscope inflorescence of acidulated fruit drops - red, green, orange, violet: I coveted the colours themselves as much as the pleasure they promised me.

Simone De Beauvoir


If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.

Simone De Beauvoir


Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior; she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male's superiority.

Simone De Beauvoir


They use the pretext of avoiding war, to make you swallow any kind of peace, said Paul. They use the pretext of a revolution to involve us in any kind of war, said Jardinet.

Simone De Beauvoir


Habit has a kind of poetry.

Simone De Beauvoir


One is not conceived a lady, one turns into one.

Simone De Beauvoir


Americans are nature-lovers: but they only admit of nature proofed and corrected by man.

Simone De Beauvoir


I realized that even if we went on talking till Judgment Day, I would still find the time all too short.

Simone De Beauvoir


It must be said in addition that the men with the most scrupulous respect for embryonic life are also those who are most zealous when it comes to condemning adults to death in war.

Simone De Beauvoir


Harmony between two individuals is never granted-it has to be conquered indefinitely.

Simone De Beauvoir