Motivational Simone de Beauvoir Quotes On Success In Life

Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory. This motivational Simone de Beauvoir Quotes on gender, marriage, life, etc will motivate you.

Best  Simone de Beauvoir Quotes

  1. One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation, and compassion.~ Simone de Beauvoir
  2. The point is not for women simply to take power out of men’s hands since that wouldn’t change anything about the world. It’s a question precisely of destroying that notion of power.~ Simone de Beauvoir
  3. When women act like women, they are accused of being inferior. When women act like human beings, they are accused of behaving like men.~ Simone de Beauvoir
  4. No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.~ Simone de Beauvoir
  5. Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.~ Simone de Beauvoir

  6. 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~ Simone de Beauvoir
  7. To be free is not to have the power to do anything you like; it is to be able to surpass the given toward an open future.~ Simone de Beauvoir
  8. Beloved, be admired, be necessary; be somebody.~ Simone de Beauvoir
  9. Whatever the country, capitalist or socialist, man was everywhere crushed by technology, made a stranger to his own work, imprisoned, forced into stupidity. The evil all arose from the fact that he had increased his needs rather than limited them; . . . As long as fresh needs continued to be created, so new frustrations would come into being. When had the decline begun? The day knowledge was preferred to wisdom and mere usefulness to beauty. . . . Only a moral revolution – not a social or political revolution – only a moral revolution would lead man back to his lost truth.~ Simone de Beauvoir
  10. I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth – and truth rewarded me.~ Simone de Beauvoir
  11. You have to start from where you are today and from what can be done.~ Simone de Beauvoir

  12. One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman. No biological, psychological, or economic fate determines the figure that the human female presents in society; it is civilization as a whole that produces this creature, intermediate between male and eunuch, which is described as feminine.~ Simone de Beauvoir
  13. As long as the family and the myth of the family … have not been destroyed, women will still be oppressed.~ Simone de Beauvoir
  14. On the day when it will be possible for woman to love not in her weakness but in her strength, not to escape herself but to find herself, not to abase herself but to assert herself–on that day love will become for her, as for man, a source of life and not of mortal danger.~ Simone de Beauvoir
  15. All oppression creates a state of war. ~ Simone de Beauvoir

  16. Authentic love must be founded on reciprocal recognition of two freedoms. For each of them, love would be the revelation of the self through the gift of the self and the enrichment of the universe.~ Simone de Beauvoir
  17. A freedom which is interested only in denying freedom must be denied. And it is not true that the recognition of the freedom of others limits my own freedom: to be free is not to have the power to do anything you like; it is to be able to surpass the given toward an open future; the existence of others as a freedom defines my situation and is even the condition of my own freedom. I am oppressed if I am thrown into prison, but not if I am kept from throwing my neighbor into prison.~ Simone de Beauvoir
  18. Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day. The housewife wears herself out marking time: she makes nothing, simply perpetuates the present … Eating, sleeping, cleaning – the years no longer rise up towards heaven, they lie spread out ahead, grey and identical. The battle against dust and dirt is never won.~ Simone de Beauvoir
  19. Women have been burnt as witches simply because they were beautiful.~ Simone de Beauvoir

  20. 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[…].~ Simone de Beauvoir
  21. To show your true ability is always, in a sense, to surpass the limits of your ability, to go a little beyond them: to dare, to seek, to invent; it is at such a moment that new talents are revealed, discovered, and realized~ Simone de Beauvoir
  22. To be feminist doesn’t mean simply to do nothing, to reduce yourself to total impotence under the pretext of refusing masculine values. There is a problematic, a very difficult dialectic between accepting power and refusing it, accepting certain masculine values, and wanting to transform them. I think it’s worth a try.~ Simone de Beauvoir
  23. The curse which lies upon marriage is that too often the individuals are joined in their weakness rather than in their strength -each asking from the other instead of finding pleasure in giving. It is even more deceptive to dream of gaining through the child a plenitude, a warmth, a value, which one is unable to create for oneself; the child brings joy only to the woman who is capable of disinterestedly desiring the happiness of another, to one who without being wrapped up in self seeks to transcend her own existence.~ Simone de Beauvoir
  24. It is not in giving life but in risking life that man is raised above the animal; that is why superiority has been accorded in humanity not to the sex that brings forth but to that which kills.~ Simone de Beauvoir
  25. I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  26. If you live long enough, you’ll see that every victory turns into a defeat. ~ Simone de Beauvoir

  27. To abstain from politics is in itself a political attitude. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  28. Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  29. What an odd thing a diary is: the things you omit are more important than those you put in. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  30. Youth and what the Italians so prettily call stamina. The vigor, the fire, that enables you to love and create. When you’ve lost that, you’ve lost everything. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  31. No woman should be authorized to stay at home and raise her children. Society should be totally different. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  32. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  33. It must be said in addition that the men with the most scrupulous respect for embryonic life are also those who are most zealous when it comes to condemning adults to death in war. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  34. I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finite. ~ Simone de Beauvoir

  35. She was ready to deny the existence of space and time rather than admit that love might not be eternal.
  36. I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  37. Society cares about the individual only in so far as he is profitable. The young know this. Their anxiety as they enter in upon social life matches the anguish of the old as they are excluded from it. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  38. In a way, literature is true than life,’ he said to himself. ‘On paper, you say exactly and completely what you feel. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  39. How easy it is to break things off on paper! You hate, you shout, you kill, you commit suicide; you carry things to the very end. And that’s why it’s false. But it’s damned satisfying. In life, you’re constantly denying yourself, and others are always contradicting you. On paper, I make time stand still and I impose my convictions on the whole world; they become the only reality. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  40. It was easier for me to think of a world without a creator than of a creator loaded with all the contradictions of the world. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  41. That’s what I consider true generosity. You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.
    Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  42. Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior; she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male’s superiority. ~ Simone de Beauvoir Quotes
  43. In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  44. I take on a shape and an existence only if I first throw myself into the world by loving, by doing. ~ Simone de Beauvoir

  45. To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  46. However gifted an individual is at the outset, if his or her talents cannot be developed because of his or her social condition, because of the surrounding circumstances, these talents will be still-born. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  47. The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  48. I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. I want this adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  49. To emancipate woman is to refuse to confine her to the relations she bears to man, not to deny them to her; let her have her independent existence and she will continue nonetheless to exist for him also: mutually recognizing each other as subject, each will yet remain for the other another…when we abolish the slavery of half of humanity, together with the whole system of hypocrisy that it implies, then the ‘division’ of humanity will reveal its genuine significance and the human couple will find its true form. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  50. “From the very beginning, existentialism defined itself as a philosophy of ambiguity.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  51. “The nearer I come to the end of my days, the more I am enabled to see that strange thing, a life, and to see it whole.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  52. Oppression tries to defend itself by its utility.~ Simone de Beauvoir

  53. “I think that where you go wrong is that you imagine that your reasons for living ought to fall on you, ready-made from heaven, whereas we have to find them for ourselves.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir Quotes
  54. “Marriage is a career which brings about more benefits than many others.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  55. “One can hardly tell women that washing up saucepans is their divine mission, [so] they are told that bringing up children is their divine mission. But the way things are in the world, bringing up children has a great deal in common with washing up saucepans.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  56. “Every time I start on a new book, I am a beginner again. I doubt myself, I grow discouraged, all the work accomplished in the past is as though it never was, my first drafts are so shapeless that it seems impossible to go on with the attempt at all, right up until the moment – always imperceptible, there, too, there is a break – when it is has become impossible not to finish it.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  57. “A man attaches himself to woman — not to enjoy her, but to enjoy himself.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir

  58. “I should like to be the landscape which I am contemplating, I should like this sky, this quiet water to think themselves within me, that it might be I whom they express in flesh and bone, and I remain at a distance. But it is also by this distance that the sky and the water exist before me. My contemplation is an excruciation only because it is also a joy. I can not appropriate the snowfield where I slide. It remains foreign, forbidden, but I take delight in this very effort toward an impossible possession. I experience it as a triumph, not as a defeat.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  59. “Sex pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  60. “Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female – whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  61. “To give space when what one most yearns for is closeness, that is both the great test and great tragedy of love.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir Quotes
  62. “The writer of originality, unless dead, is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  63. “Between women love is contemplative; caresses are intended less to gain possession of the other than gradually to re-create the self through her; separateness is abolished, there is no struggle, no victory, no defeat; in exact reciprocity, each is at once subject and object, sovereign and slave; duality become mutuality.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  64. “To be oneself, simply oneself, is so amazing and utterly unique an experience that it’s hard to convince oneself so singular a thing happens to everybody.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir Quotes
  65. “Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir

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