One is not born a woman, but becomes one.
What would Prince Charming have for occupation if he had not to awaken the Sleeping beauty?
To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.
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[...].
The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women.
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.
I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
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.
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.
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.
No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.
All oppression creates a state of war.
Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior; she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male's superiority.
Tonight, once more, life sinks its teeth into my heart.
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.
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.
One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.
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
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.
It is in great part the anxiety of being a woman that devastates the feminine body.
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.
Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
...counselling man to treat her as a slave while persuading her that she is a queen.
What is an adult? A child blown up by age.
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.
I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me.
There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.
In order to be an artist, one must be deeply rooted in the society.
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.
The ballot box is a most inadequate mechanism of change.
A man attaches himself to woman - not to enjoy her, but to enjoy himself.
To abstain from politics is in itself a political attitude.
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.
As long as the family and the myth of the family ... have not been destroyed, women will still be oppressed.
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.
The body is not a thing, it is a situation: it is our grasp on the world and our sketch of our project
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.
There is only one good. And that is to act according to the dictates of one's conscience.
Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.
Be loved, be admired, be necessary; be somebody.