Simone de Beauvoir

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In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.

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In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.

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Art is an attempt to integrate evil.

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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.

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All oppression creates a state of war.

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Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior; she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male's superiority.

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Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.

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Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female — whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.

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If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.

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I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity.

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Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself.

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Simone de Beauvoir — quotes and aphorisms

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

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I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth — and truth rewarded me.

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One is not born a woman, but becomes one.

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No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.

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I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.

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Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.

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