Top 10 Simone de Beauvoir Quotes

Simone de Beavoir(January 9, 1908 –  April 14, 1986) was  french writer, feminist, and an existentialist philosopher. Her most famous work was The Second Sex, a book that influenced feminism in 1949.

Here are the top ten greatest Simone de Beauvoir quotes:

I.

One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.

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II.

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

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III.

Be loved, be admired, be necessary; be somebody.

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IV.

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

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V.

Because we are separated everything separates us, even our efforts to join each other.

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VI.

I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.

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VII.

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

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VIII.

All oppression creates a state of war; this is no exception.

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IX.

What is an adult? A child blown up by age.

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X.

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

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Thank you Simone de Beauvoir!

Interesting Simone de Beauvoir Facts:

  • She was 9th female and the youngest to pass the agrégation exam, a highly competitive exam in France for civil service.
  • She had a relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre.
  • Her book was on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum(Index of Forbidden Books) by the Roman Catholics.

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