Simone de Beauvoir Quotes
One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.
Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius.
I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth – and truth rewarded me.
All oppression creates a state of war.
I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.
Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.
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.
To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.
If you live long enough, you’ll see that every victory turns into a defeat.
Sex pleasure in woman, as I have said, is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.
I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. I want this adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end.
No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.
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.
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.
Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying.
What is an adult? A child blown up by age.
Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.
The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with 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.
That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.
Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior; she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male’s superiority.
This has always been a man’s world, and none of the reasons that have been offered in explanation have seemed adequate.
When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he does become inferior.
Buying is a profound pleasure.
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.
Art is an attempt to integrate evil.
To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object.
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.
There is no justification for present existence other than its expansion into an indefinitely open future.