Simone Weil Quotes

Love is not consolation, it is light. Simone Weil

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

Humility is attentive patience. Simone Weil

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

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

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

Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible does not give rise to revolt but to submission. Simone Weil

Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought. Simone Weil

The real stumbling-block of totalitarian regimes is not the spiritual need of men for freedom of thought; it is men’s inability to stand the physical and nervous strain of a permanent state of excitement, except during a few years of their youth. Simone Weil

Purity is the power to contemplate defilement. Simone Weil