35 Inspirational Simone de Beauvoir Quotes On Success

35 Inspirational Simone de Beauvoir Quotes On Success

Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir French 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. Beauvoir wrote novels, essays, biographies, autobiographies and monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues. She was known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women’s oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism; and for her novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins. Her most enduring contribution to literature are her memoirs, notably the first volume, “Mémoires d’une jeune fille rangée” (1958), which have a warmth and descriptive power. She was also known for her open, lifelong relationship with French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. May these Simone de Beauvoir Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “Weakness’ is weakness only in light of the aims man sets for himself, the instruments at his disposal and the laws he imposes.” Simone de Beauvoir

2. “it is true that nothing is gained without something being lost: everyone knows that in fulfilling oneself one necessarily sacrifices some possibilities.” Simone de Beauvoir

3. “I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.” Simone de Beauvoir

4. “Self-consciousness is not knowledge but a story one tells about oneself.” Simone de Beauvoir

5. “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” Simone de Beauvoir

6. “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.” Simone de Beauvoir

7. Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” Simone de Beauvoir

8. “What an odd thing a diary is: the things you omit are more important than those you put in.” Simone de Beauvoir

9. “Oppression tries to defend itself by its utility.” Simone de Beauvoir

10. “Even if one is neither vain nor self-obsessed, it is so extraordinary to be oneself – exactly oneself and no one else – and so unique, that it seems natural that one should also be unique for someone else.” Simone de Beauvoir

11. “People seem to think that if you keep your head empty you automatically fill your balls.” Simone de Beauvoir

12. “Be loved, be admired, be necessary; be somebody.” Simone de Beauvoir

13. “Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying.” Simone de Beauvoir

14. “Capabilities are clearly manifested only when they have been realized.” Simone de Beauvoir

15. “Society cares about the individual only in so far as he is profitable. The young know this. Their anxiety as they enter in upon social life matches the anguish of the old as they are excluded from it.” Simone de Beauvoir

16. “The body is not a thing, it is a situation: it is our grasp on the world and our sketch of our project.” Simone de Beauvoir

17. “One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.” Simone de Beauvoir

18. “All oppression creates a state of war.” Simone de Beauvoir

19. “To abstain from politics is in itself a political attitude.” Simone de Beauvoir

20. “That’s what I consider true generosity. You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.” Simone de Beauvoir

21. “Because we are separated everything separates us, even our efforts to join each other.” Simone de Beauvoir

22. “To show your true ability is always, in a sense, to surpass the limits of your ability, to go a little beyond them: to dare, to seek, to invent; it is at such a moment that new talents are revealed, discovered, and realized.” Simone de Beauvoir

23. “Marriage is a career which brings about more benefits than many others.” Simone de Beauvoir

24. “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

25. “I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth – and truth rewarded me.” Simone de Beauvoir

26. “Two separate beings, in different circumstances, face to face in freedom and seeking justification of their existence through one another, will always live an adventure full of risk and promise.” Simone de Beauvoir

27. “When I was a child, when I was an adolescent, books saved me from despair: that convinced me that culture was the highest of values.” Simone de Beauvoir

28. “When women act like women, they are accused of being inferior. When women act like human beings, they are accused of behaving like men.” Simone de Beauvoir

29. “If you live long enough, you’ll see that every victory turns into a defeat.” Simone de Beauvoir

30. “On the day when it will be possible for woman to love not in her weakness but in her strength, not to escape herself but to find herself, not to abase herself but to assert herself–on that day love will become for her, as for man, a source of life and not of mortal danger.” Simone de Beauvoir

31. “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 absolute truth.” Simone de Beauvoir

32. “Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.” Simone de Beauvoir

33. “You have to start from where you are today and from what can be done.” Simone de Beauvoir

34. “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.” Simone de Beauvoir

35. “I think that where you go wrong is that you imagine that your reasons for living ought to fall on you, ready-made from heaven, whereas we have to find them for ourselves.” Simone de Beauvoir

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