Simone Weil Quotes

Simone Weil

French social philosopher (1909 - 1943)

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

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

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All sins are attempts to fill voids.

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Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention.

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

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What a country calls its vital economic interests are not the things which enable its citizens to live, but the things which enable it to make war. Petrol is much more likely than wheat to be a cause of international conflict.

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