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Biography - Simone Weil:

French philosopher, mystic and political activist.
Born: 1909 - Died: 1943
Period:
20th century
Place of birth: France
France

A man left alone in the universe would have no rights whatever, but he would have obligations.




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Translation

(French)



French
Un homme qui serait seul dans l'univers n'aurait aucun droit, mais seulement des obligations.




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when we say that a man is responsible for himself, we do not only mean that he is responsible for his own individuality, but that he is responsible for all men.

Freedom is not constituted primarily of privilege but of responsibilities.




Quotes for: universe


Quotes

Quotes about the Universe:


The universe confounds me! I cannot imagine that such a ‘clock’ can exist without there being a Clockmaker.





Philosophy is written in this grand book, which stands continually open before our eyes (I say the Universe), but can not be understood without first learning to comprehend the language and know the characters as it is written. It is written in mathematical language, and its characters are triangles, circles and other geometric figures, without which it is impossible to humanly understand a word; without these one is wandering in a dark labyrinth.





The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.





You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are.





Everything mystical is personal — accordingly it is an elementary variation of the universe.





All I did was to look at what the universe showed me.











Quotes for: solitude


Quotes

Quotes about solitude:


Miss one person and the world seems empty.





A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.





All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone.





As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.





The wise man sometimes flees from society from fear of being bored.





One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.











Quotes for: duty


Quotes

Quotes for: duty


I know of only one duty, and that is to love.





Love is a better teacher than duty.





There is only one science to teach to children. It is that of man's duties.





Among the special duties to others, the first is Truthfulness in speech and action.





It is much easier to obey your superior than to command yourself; and when you can do whatever you want, it's not easy to want only what you have to.





Freedom has been wholly interpreted as a right, as a thing which people are entitled to claim, whereas what it really is above all is an obligation and a duty.











Quotes

Simone Weil also said...


I also am other than what I imagine myself to be. To know this is forgiveness.





Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.





The beautiful: that which we do not want to change.





Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.





Beauty is the harmony of chance and the good.












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