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Simone Weil Quotes & Sayings
102 entries tagged including 33 subtopics.
Last updated May 2022
Simone Weil Topics
Actors And Acting
Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.
The capacity to give one's attention to a sufferer is a very rare and difficult thing; it is almost a miracle; it is a miracle. Nearly all those who think they have the capacity do not possess it.
Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication.
All sins are attempts to fill voids.
More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic.
The poet produces the beautiful by fixing his attention on something real
Pain is the root of knowledge
Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but is also their means of communication. It is the same with us and God. Every separation is a link.
Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him.
The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell
Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it.
Humility is attentive patience.
Imagination and fiction make up more than three-quarters of our real life
Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings.
The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.
Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors, who when their turn comes will manufacture professors
With no matter what human being, taken individually, I always find reasons for concluding that sorrow and misfortune do not suit him; either because he seems too mediocre for anything so great, or, on the contrary, too precious to be destroyed.
Who were the fools who spread the story that brute force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier. And once they are dead they are no more than corpses.
When once a certain class of people has been placed by the temporal and spiritual authorities outside the ranks of those whose life has value, then nothing comes more naturally to men than murder.
When a contradiction is impossible to resolve except by a lie, then we know that it is really a door.
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