Simone de Beauvoir: Reasons for Living

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“The body is not a thing, it is a situation: it is our grasp on the world and our sketch of our project.”

“Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.”

“One can not start by saying our earthly destiny has or has not importance, for it depends on us to give it importance.”

“I think that where you go wrong is that you imagine that your reasons for living ought to fall on you, ready-made from heaven, whereas we have to find them for ourselves.”

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

“Society cares about the individual only in so far as he is profitable. The young know this. Their anxiety as they enter in upon social life matches the anguish of the old as they are excluded from it.”

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

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

“All oppression creates a state of war. And this is no exception.”

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

“That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.”

“All success cloaks a surrender.”

Quotes by Simone de Beauvoir
Illustration by Simon James (of Standard Design)

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