Quotes by Simone de Beauvoir

All oppression creates a state of war.
– Simone de Beauvoir
Buying is a profound pleasure.
– Simone de Beauvoir
Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
– Simone de Beauvoir
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.
– Simone de Beauvoir
I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity.
– Simone de Beauvoir
I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
– Simone de Beauvoir
If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.
– Simone de Beauvoir
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.
– Simone de Beauvoir
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.
– Simone de Beauvoir
It's frightening to think that you mark your children merely by being yourself. It seems unfair. You can't assume the responsibility for everything you do -or don't do.
– Simone de Beauvoir
One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius.
– Simone de Beauvoir
One is not born a woman, but becomes one.
– Simone de Beauvoir
One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.
– Simone de Beauvoir
Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.
– Simone de Beauvoir
Sex pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.
– Simone de Beauvoir
Since it is the Other within us who is old, it is natural that the revelation of our age should come to us from outside -from others. We do not accept it willingly.
– Simone de Beauvoir
Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.
– Simone de Beauvoir
That a whole part of the middle class detests me... is utterly normal. I would be troubled if the contrary were true.
– Simone de Beauvoir
The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women.
– Simone de Beauvoir
These worthy schoolteachers were not overburdened with diplomas, but as far as devotion and morality were concerned, they were second to none; they wore plum-colored silk blouses that caressed my cheeks when they pressed me to their bosoms.
– Simone de Beauvoir