Simone Weil Quotes (159 quotes)
“Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand.”
To her pupils at Roanne in 1934. As reported in "Utopian pessimist: the life and thought of Simone Weil" (Poseidon Press, 1990) by David McLellan, p. 93
“I am not a Catholic; but I consider the Christian idea, which has its roots in Greek thought and in the course of the centuries has nourished all of our European civilization, as something that one cannot renounce without becoming degraded.”
As quoted in "Utopian pessimist: the life and thought of Simone Weil" by David McLellan, Poseidon Press, 1990, p. 126 - ISBN: 9780671685218
“A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams.”
Gravity and Grace
“A doctrine serves no purpose in itself, but it is indispensable to have one if only to avoid being deceived by false doctrines.”
Écrits de Londres (1957), Fragments et Notes
First and last notebooks, Simone Weil, Oxford University Press, 1970, p. 69
If you know some quotes that would be a good fit here, send us a note!
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsSimone Weil
Born: February 3, 1909
Died: August 24, 1943 (aged 34)
Bio: Simone Weil was a French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist.