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    One is not born a woman, but becomes one.
    tags: women
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    What would Prince Charming have for occupation if he had not to awaken the Sleeping beauty?
    tags: occupation
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.
    tags: job
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    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[...].
    tags: children culture child book
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women.
    tags: women
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    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.
    tags: experience oneself
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
    tags: freedom human wishes
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    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.
    tags: talent
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    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.
    tags: humanity men giving sex
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    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.
    tags: travel men work women friends anger book write loneliness
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.
    tags: men women
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    All oppression creates a state of war.
    tags: oppression war
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior; she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male's superiority.
    tags: men women society
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    Tonight, once more, life sinks its teeth into my heart.
    tags: heart
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    Existentialism does not offer to the reader the consolations of an abstract evasion: existentialism proposes no evasion. On the contrary, its ethics is experienced in the truth of life, and it then appears as the only proposition of salvation which one can address to men.
    tags: truth men ethics existentialism salvation
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    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.
    tags: youth fire lost
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.
    tags: friendship compassion value
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    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
    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.
    tags: power future
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    It is in great part the anxiety of being a woman that devastates the feminine body.
    tags: women anxiety body
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    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.
    tags: women power world questions
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
    tags: future
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    ...counselling man to treat her as a slave while persuading her that she is a queen.
    tags: men
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    What is an adult? A child blown up by age.
    tags: children age child
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    When we abolish the slavery of half of humanity, together with the whole system of hypocrisy it implies, then the "division" of humanity will reveal its genuine significance and the human couple will find its true form.
    tags: humanity human true slavery hypocrisy
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me.
    tags: truth comfort
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.
    tags: sleep
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    In order to be an artist, one must be deeply rooted in the society.
    tags: society artist
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for living.
    tags: living live strength
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    The ballot box is a most inadequate mechanism of change.
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    A man attaches himself to woman - not to enjoy her, but to enjoy himself.
    tags: men women
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    To abstain from politics is in itself a political attitude.
    tags: attitude political politics
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    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.
    tags: living wrong heaven imagine
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    As long as the family and the myth of the family ... have not been destroyed, women will still be oppressed.
    tags: women
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    You have never had any confidence in him. And if he has no confidence in himself it is because he sees himself through your eyes.
    tags: eyes confidence
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    The body is not a thing, it is a situation: it is our grasp on the world and our sketch of our project
    tags: world body
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    The women of today are in a fair way to dethrone the myth of femininity; they are beginning to affirm their independence in concrete ways; but they do not easily succeed in living completely the life of a human being.
    tags: women living human independence
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    There is only one good. And that is to act according to the dictates of one's conscience.
    tags: conscience
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.
    tags: happiness fight courage
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    Be loved, be admired, be necessary; be somebody.
    — Simone de Beauvoir
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    simone de beauvoir
    Birth    : January 9, 1908
    Death  : April 14, 1986
    Occupation  : Writer