Famous Quotes from ...

Simone Weil



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

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    I can, therefore I am.

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    The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.

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

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    To us, men of the West, a very strange thing happened at the turn of the century; without noticing it, we lost science, or at least the thing that had been called by that name for the last four centuries. What we now have in place of it is something different, radically different, and we don't know what it is. Nobody knows what it is.

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    Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.

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    To get power over is to defile. To possess is to defile.

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    To write the lives of the great in separating them from their works necessarily ends by above all stressing their pettiness, because it is in their work that they have put the best of themselves.

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    There is something else which has the power to awaken us to the truth. It is the works of writers of genius. They give us, in the guise of fiction, something equivalent to the actual density of the real, that density which life offers us every day but which we are unable to grasp because we are amusing ourselves with lies.

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