Simone Weil Quotes

All sins are attempts to fill voids.

The poet produces the beautiful by fixing his attention on something real.

The whole effort of the mystic has always been to become such that there is no part left in his soul to say ‘I.’ But the part of the soul which says ‘We’ is infinitely more dangerous still.

The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.

To be innocent is to bear the weight of the entire universe. It is to throw away the counterweight.

Imagination and fiction make up more than three-quarters of our real life.

Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it.

Humility is attentive patience.

Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors, who when their turn comes will manufacture professors.

Whether the mask is labelled Fascism, Democracy, or Dictatorship of the Proletariat, our great adversary remains the Apparatus – the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier or the battlelines, which is not so much our enemy as our brother’s enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector […]