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“All sins are attempts to fill voids.”
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“Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.”
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“A beautiful woman looking at her image in the mirror may very well believe the image is herself. An ugly woman knows it is not.”
Simone Weil, Waiting for God
“Love is not consolation. It is light.”
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“Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be obtained only by someone who is detached. ”
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“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”
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“Human existence is so fragile a thing and exposed to such dangers that I cannot love without trembling. ”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.”
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“All the natural movements of the soul are controlled by laws analogous to those of physical gravity. Grace is the only exception. Grace fills empty spaces, but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it, and it is grace itself which makes this void. The imagination is continually at work filling up all the fissures through which grace might pass.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“Love of God is pure when joy and suffering inspire an equal degree of gratitude.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand.”
Simone Weil, Lectures on Philosophy
“If we go down into ourselves, we find that we possess exactly what we desire.”
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“Everything beautiful has a mark of eternity.”
Simone Weil, Lectures on Philosophy
“There is something else which has the power to awaken us to the truth. It is the works of writers of genius. They give us, in the guise of fiction, something equivalent to the actual density of the real, that density which life offers us every day but which we are unable to grasp because we are amusing ourselves with lies.”
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“We have to endure the discordance between imagination and fact. It is better to say, “I am suffering,” than to say, “This landscape is ugly.”
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“Whether the mask is labeled 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 of the battle lines, which is not so much our enemy as our brothers' enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to this apparatus and to trample underfoot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and in others.”
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“Do not allow yourself to be imprisoned by any affection. Keep your solitude. The day, if it ever comes, when you are given true affection, there will be no opposition between interior solitude and friendship, quite the reverse. It is even by this infallible sigh that you will recognize it.”
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“Every sin is an attempt to fly from emptiness. ”
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“Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“Humility is attentive patience.”
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“Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.”
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“Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul.”
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“True definition of science: the study of the beauty of the world.”
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“He who has not God in himself cannot feel His absence.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“Compassion directed toward oneself is true humility.”
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“We must not wish for the disappearance of our troubles but for the grace to transform them.”
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“The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.”
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“The sea is not less beautiful in our eyes because we know that sometimes ships are wrecked by it.”
Simone Weil, Waiting for God
“In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity; the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish.


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“I can, therefore I am.”
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