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A collection of motivational, life, struggle, beauty and success quotes by Simone Weil who was an altruist in the true sense of the term.

82 Inspirational Quotes By Simone Weil That Will Make You Believe In Yourself

Quick Facts

Famous As: Philosopher, mystic and social activist

Born On: February 3, 1909

Died On: August 24, 1943

Born In: Paris

Died At Age: 34

Scholars like T.S. Eliot called her “a woman of genius, of a kind of genius akin to that of the saints”. And the world knows her as Simone Weil, the philosopher, social activist and probably one of the greatest mystic of all times. However, many of us will be surprised to know that she grew up in an agnostic environment. But she was drawn towards mysticism and during her life she had several experiences which made her believe in the entity called God. In a letter to Father Perrin, who was a friend to her, this is what she said about those encounters:

“…I was suffering from splitting headaches; each sound hurt me like a blow; by an extreme effort of concentration I was able to rise above this wretched flesh, to leave it to suffer by itself, heaped up in a corner, and to find a pure and perfect joy in the unimaginable beauty of the chanting and the words…

Until last September I had never once prayed in all my life, at least not in the literal sense of the word. I had never said any words to God, either out loud or mentally. Last summer, doing Greek with T-, I went through the Our Father word for word in Greek. We promised each other to learn it by heart. I do not think he ever did so, but some weeks later, as I was turning over the pages of the Gospel, I said to myself that since I had promised to do this thing and it was good, I ought to do it…”

Read on and get drenched in philosophy and mysticism which is reflected in her quotes compiled herein.

Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.

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All sins are attempts to fill voids.

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A beautiful woman looking at her image in the mirror may very well believe the image is herself. An ugly woman knows it is not.

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Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.

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Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be obtained only by someone who is detached.

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Love is not consolation. It is light.

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Human existence is so fragile a thing and exposed to such dangers that I cannot love without trembling.

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To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.

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If we go down into ourselves, we find that we possess exactly what we desire.

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Everything beautiful has a mark of eternity.

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Love of God is pure when joy and suffering inspire an equal degree of gratitude.

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We have to endure the discordance between imagination and fact. It is better to say, “I am suffering,” than to say, “This landscape is ugly.

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The sea is not less beautiful in our eyes because we know that sometimes ships are wrecked by it.

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Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.

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Every sin is an attempt to fly from emptiness.

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Compassion directed toward oneself is true humility.

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We must not wish for the disappearance of our troubles but for the grace to transform them.

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True definition of science: the study of the beauty of the world.

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The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.

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Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.

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He who has not God in himself cannot feel His absence.

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I can, therefore I am.

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Humility is attentive patience.

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A mind enclosed in language is in prison.

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In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity; the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish.

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Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul.

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The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say, "What are you going through?

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Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.

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A science which does not bring us nearer to God is worthless.

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The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.

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Two forces rule the universe: light and gravity.

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We cannot take a step toward the heavens. God crosses the universe and comes to us.

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Sin is not a distance, it is a turning of our gaze in the wrong direction.

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The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes.

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Electra weeping for the dead Orestes. If we love God while thinking that he does not exist, he will manifest his existence.

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Those who love a cause are those who love the life which has to be led in order to serve it.

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Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty.

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One cannot imagine St. Francis of Assisi talking about rights.

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Stars and blossoming fruit trees: Utter permanence and extreme fragility give an equal sense of eternity.

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The world is the closed door. It is a barrier. And at the same time it is the way through.

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Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose.

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An imaginary divinity has been given to man so that he may strip himself of it.

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To die for God is not a proof of faith in God. To die for an unknown and repulsive convict who is a victim of injustice, that is a proof of faith in God.

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To claim that theft or adultery or lying are "evil" simply reflects our degraded idea of good-—that it has something to do with respect for property, respectability, and sincerity.

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How many people have been thus led, through lack of self-confidence, to stifle their most justified doubts?

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You could not be born at a better period than the present, when we have lost everything.

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There are two atheisms of which one is a purification of the notion of God.

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The joy of learning is as indispensable in study as breathing is to running.

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The beauty of this world is Christ's tender smile coming to us through matter.

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Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being.

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Men owe us what they imagine they will give us. We must forgive them this debt.

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The social order, though necessary, is essentially evil, whatever it may be.

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Time’s violence rends the soul; by the rent eternity enters.

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If Germany, thanks to Hitler and his successors, were to enslave the European nations and destroy most of the treasures of their past, future historians would certainly pronounce that she had civilized Europe.

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The danger is not that the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but that, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.

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To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself.

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Evil is license, and that is why it is monotonous: everything has to be drawn from ourselves. One is condemned to false infinity. That is hell itself.

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The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism, tuberculosis, and some other diseases, much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil.

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Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors who when their time comes, will manufacture professors.

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We have to believe in a God who is like the true God in everything except that he does not exist, since we have not reached the point where God exists.

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If the error is thrust deeply enough into the soul, man cannot but succumb to it.

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Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer. It presupposes faith and love. Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.

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Beauty captivates the flesh in order to obtain permission to pass right to the soul.

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The beautiful is the experimental proof that the incarnation is possible.

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The extreme affliction which overtakes human beings does not create human misery, it merely reveals it.

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One must always be prepared to switch sides with justice, that fugitive of the winning camp.

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We cannot take a single step towards heaven. It is not In our power to travel in a vertical direction. If however we look heavenward for a long time, God comes and takes us up. He raises us easily.

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When I think of the Crucifixion, I commit the sin of envy.

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No one in the Iliad is spared by it, as no one on earth is. No one who succumbs to it is by virtue of this fact regarded with contempt.

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Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates. The truth is, nobody really possesses it.

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The sum of the particular intentions of God is the universe itself.

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Let us love this distance, which is thoroughly woven with friendship, since those who do not love each other are not separated.

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Creative attention means really giving our attention to what does not exist.

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It is to the prodigals...that the memory of their Father's house comes back. If the son had lived economically he would never have thought of returning.

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The supernatural greatness of Christianity lies in the fact that it does not seek a supernatural remedy for suffering but a supernatural use for it.

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Chaque tre crie en silence pour tre lu autrement.

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There isn't a man on earth who doesn't at times pronounce an opinion on good and evil, even if it be only to find fault with somebody else.

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God is rich in mercy. I know this wealth of His with the certainty of experience. I have touched it.

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The contemporary form of true greatness lies in a civilization founded on the spirituality of work.

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Leggo, per quanto possibile, soltanto ci di cui ho fame, nel momento in cui ne ho fame, e allora non leggo: mi nutro.

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To find extraordinary difficulty in doing an ordinary action is a favor which calls for gratitude.

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Cut away ruthlessly everything that is imaginary in your feelings.

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