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Famous Simone de Beauvoir Quotes

Listed in: Inspirational Quotes

On Love:

The word love has by no means the same sense for both sexes, and this is one cause of the serious misunderstandings that divide them.

On the day when it will be possible for woman to love not in her weakness but in strength, not to escape herself but to find herself, not to abase herself but to assert herself — on that day love will become for her, as for man, a source of life . . .

On Life:

Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying.

One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.

On Death:

It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life’s parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.