Simone Beauvoir (1908 - 1986) was a great intellectual, writer, political activist and French social theorist, considered the "Mother of modern feminism". His life exemplified the emergence of revolutionary ideas centered on women and the struggle for a social structure free of patriarchal ideas. Being extremely intelligent for his age, Simone completed his graduation at the age of 17 and earned his bachelor's degree when he was only 19 years old. He was the youngest person to achieve a degree in philosophy and also obtained the second highest rating.
Simone, also called the "lady of the letters," wrote about social taboos such as politics, morals, gender theory, sexuality, philosophy, literary criticism and existentialism. Together with his partner Jean-Paul Sarte, another famous intellectual, wrote several novels, memoirs, magazines and columns. Before his death, he had written countless essays and 20 innovative books. His best works include 'The second sex', 'She came to say' and 'The ethics of ambiguity'. Simone's autograph, 'The Mandarins', which beautifully captures the struggles of his life, gave him the highest literary honor in France.
Throughout his life, De Beauvoir lived a controversial life but worthy of a star, meeting foreign dignitaries and being followed by paparazzi. A stubborn person with clear ideologies, Simone is an inspiration for today's women. Your thoughts and quotes reflect your intellectualism. We have compiled here the most interesting quotes from Simone de Beauvoir drawn from her work and her life.
Famous quotes of Simone Beauvoir
Being yourself, just yourself, is such an incredible and absolutely unique experience that it is difficult to convince yourself that something so unique happens to everyone.
Self-awareness is not knowledge, but a story that one tells about oneself.
I couldn't see any reason to be sad. It's just that it makes me unhappy not to feel happy.
Because we are separated, everything separates us, even our efforts to unite.
The point is not that women simply take power from the hands of men, since that would not change anything about the world. It is precisely to destroy that notion of power.
Some things that I loved have vanished. Many others have been delivered to me.
It's so tiring to hate someone you love ...
All oppression creates a state of war. And this is no exception.
The word love does not have the same meaning for both sexes, and this is one of the causes of the serious misunderstandings that divide them.
No one is more arrogant towards women, more aggressive or dismissive, than the man who is anxious for his manhood.
I turned away from the sure consolation of certainties through my love for the truth, and the truth rewarded me.
If you live long enough, you will see that each victory becomes a defeat.
The representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with the absolute truth.
I want every human life to be pure transparent freedom.
Two separate beings, in different circumstances, face to face in freedom and seeking the justification of their existence through each other, will always live an adventure full of risks and promises.
Change your life today. Do not bet on the future, act now, without delay.
Catching a husband is an art; retaining it is a job.
Be loved, be admired, be necessary; be someone.
Few tasks are more similar to Sisyphus's torture than to domestic tasks, with his endless repetition: the clean gets dirty, the dirty gets cleaned again and again, day after day.
The mutual understanding of women comes from the fact that they identify with each other; but for the same reason, each one is against the others.
There is something in the air in New York that makes the dream useless.
Abstaining from politics is itself a political attitude.
However, today we are having difficulties to live because we are very determined to make fun of death.
If the feminine issue is so absurd, it is because the arrogance of men made it an argument.
The capabilities manifest themselves clearly only when they have been realized.
The body is not a thing, it is a situation: it is our understanding of the world and the outline of our project.
And, without a doubt, it is more comfortable to endure blind slavery than to work for one's liberation. The dead also adapt better to the earth than the living.
Youth and what Italians call so vigorously. The vigor, the fire, that allows you to love and create. When you have lost it, you have lost everything.
Tragedies are fine for a while: you are worried, you are curious, you feel good. And then it becomes repetitive, it does not advance, it becomes terribly boring: it is very boring, even for me.
What would Prince Charming have to do if he didn't have to wake Sleeping Beauty?
My life rushed, tragically running towards its end. And yet, at the same time it dripped very slowly, very slowly, hour by hour, minute by minute. One always has to wait until the sugar melts, the memory dies, the wound heals, the sun sets, unhappiness rises and fades.
Parents never have exactly the daughters they want because they invent a notion about them that daughters have to adjust to.
Oppression tries to defend itself by its usefulness.
Sexual pleasure in women is a type of magic spell; demands complete abandonment; If words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.
One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius; and the feminine situation so far has made this practically impossible.
I'm too smart, too demanding and too witty for someone to take care of me completely. No one knows me or loves me completely.
I was willing to deny the existence of space and time instead of admitting that love might not be eternal.
The body is the instrument of our domain in the world.
I am unable to conceive the infinite and yet I do not accept finity. I want this adventure, which is the context of my life, to continue without end.
When I was a child, when I was a teenager, books saved me from despair: that convinced me that culture was the highest of values.
Its wings are cut and then it is blamed for not knowing how to fly.
In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be able to love a woman or a man, a human being, without feeling fear, moderation or obligation.
That is what I consider true generosity: you give everything, and yet you always feel that it costs you nothing.
A man joins the woman, not to enjoy it, but to have fun.
On the day when it will be possible for the woman to love not in her weakness but in her strength, she does not escape herself but finds herself, does not limit herself but affirms herself: on that day love it will become itself, and for man, it will be a source of life and not of mortal danger.
I realized that even if we kept talking until Judgment Day, the time would be too short.
Losing confidence in the body is losing self confidence.
One's life has value as long as one attributes value to the lives of others, through love, friendship and compassion.
What a strange thing a newspaper is: the things you omit are more important than the ones you put.
Man defines himself as a human being and a woman as a woman; Every time he behaves like a human being, he is said to imitate man.