Simone de Beauvoir was born 9 January 1908, and died 14 April 1986
Simone de Beauvoir: Nine Quotes
- If you live long enough, you’ll see that every victory turns into a defeat.
- Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
- 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.
- 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[…].
- (What an odd thing a diary is: the things you omit are more important than those you put in.)
- A day in which I don’t write leaves a taste of ashes.
- The writer of originality, unless dead, is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels.
- I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity.
- I was made for another planet altogether. I mistook the way.
Simone de Beauvoir was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist. She studied philosophy at the Sorbonne before becoming a schoolteacher, and an editor, with Jean-Paul Sartre, of Les Temps Modèrnes. Beauvoir wrote novels, essays, biographies, and an autobiography. She is best known for She Came to Stay, The Mandarins, and The Second Sex.
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