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For when two beings who are not friends are near each other there is no meeting, and when friends are far apart there is no separation. Simone Weil

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Life does not need to mutilate itself in order to be pure. Simone Weil

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Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible does not give rise to revolt but to submission. Simone Weil

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One cannot imagine St. Francis of Assisi talking about rights. Simone Weil

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The appetite for power, even for universal power, is only insane when there is no possibility of indulging it; a man who sees the possibility opening before him and does not try to grasp it, even at the risk of destroying himself and his country, is either Simone Weil

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Why is it that reality, when set down untransposed in a book, sounds false? Simone Weil

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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 this capacity do not possess it. Warmth of heart, impulsiveness, pity are not enough. Simone Weil

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Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached. Simone Weil

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To us, men of the West, a very strange thing happened at the turn of the century; without noticing it, we lost science, or at least the thing that had been called by that name for the last four centuries. What we now have in place of it is something different, radically different, and we don't know what it is. Nobody knows what it is. Simone Weil

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We must prefer real hell to an imaginary paradise. Simone Weil

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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. Simone Weil

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An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God. Simone Weil

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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. Simone Weil

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Purity is the power to contemplate defilement. Simone Weil

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In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs. Simone Weil

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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. Simone Weil

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Whenever a human being, through the commission of a crime, has become exiled from good, he needs to be reintegrated with it through suffering. The suffering should be inflicted with the aim of bringing the soul to recognize freely some day that its infliction was just. Simone Weil

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

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If Germany, thanks to Hitler and his successors, were to enslave the European nations and destroy most of the treasures of their past, future historians would certainly pronounce that she had civilized Europe. Simone Weil

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When a contradiction is impossible to resolve except by a lie, then we know that it is really a door. Simone Weil

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Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention. Simone Weil

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Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge. Simone Weil

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There is no detachment where there is no pain. And there is no pain endured without hatred or lying unless detachment is present too. Simone Weil

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To get power over is to defile. To possess is to defile. Simone Weil

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The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes. Simone Weil

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The proper method of philosophy consists in clearly conceiving the insoluble problems in all their insolubility and then in simply contemplating them, fixedly and tirelessly, year after year, without any hope, patiently waiting. Simone Weil

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To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul. Simone Weil

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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. Simone Weil

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The only hope of socialism resides in those who have already brought about in themselves, as far as is possible in the society of today, that union between manual and intellectual labor which characterizes the society we are aiming at. Simone Weil

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Charity. To love human beings in so far as they are nothing. That is to love them as God does. Simone Weil

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To write the lives of the great in separating them from their works necessarily ends by above all stressing their pettiness, because it is in their work that they have put the best of themselves. Simone Weil

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The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism, tuberculosis, and some other diseases, much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil. Simone Weil

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Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace. Simone Weil

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What a country calls its vital economic interests are not the things which enable its citizens to live, but the things which enable it to make war. Petrol is more likely than wheat to be a cause of international conflict. Simone Weil

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A mind enclosed in language is in prison. Simone Weil

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When a man's life is destroyed or damaged by some wound or privation of soul or body, which is due to other men's actions or negligence, it is not only his sensibility that suffers but also his aspiration toward the good. Therefore there has been sacrilege towards that which is sacred in him. Simone Weil

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A self-respecting nation is ready for anything, including war, except for a renunciation of its option to make war. Simone Weil

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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. Simone Weil

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Every new development for the last three centuries has brought men closer to a state of affairs in which absolutely nothing would be recognized in the whole world as possessing a claim to obedience except the authority of the State. The majority of people in Europe obey nothing else. Simone Weil

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In solitude we are in the presence of mere matter (even the sky, the stars, the moon, trees in blossom), things of less value (perhaps) than a human spirit. Its value lies in the greater possibility of attention. Simone Weil

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The contemporary form of true greatness lies in a civilization founded on the spirituality of work. Simone Weil

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Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ, I commit the sin of envy. Simone Weil

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Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought. Simone Weil

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A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves. Simone Weil

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Nothing can have as its destination anything other than its origin. The contrary idea, the idea of progress, is poison. Simone Weil

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It is only the impossible that is possible for God. He has given over the possible to the mechanics of matter and the autonomy of his creatures. Simone Weil

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To set up as a standard of public morality a notion which can neither be defined nor conceived is to open the door to every kind of tyranny. Simone Weil

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Learn to reject friendship, or rather the dream of friendship. To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art, or life (like aesthetic joys). I must refuse it in order to be worthy to receive it Simone Weil

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The future is made of the same stuff as the present. Simone Weil

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The needs of a human being are sacred. Their satisfaction cannot be subordinated either to reasons of state, or to any consideration of money, nationality, race, or color, or to the moral or other value attributed to the human being in question, or to any consideration whatsoever. Simone Weil