Simone Weil





Simone Weil

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born
in Paris, France
February 03, 1909

died
August 24, 1943

gender
female

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Simone Weil was a French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist. Weil was born in Paris to Alsatian agnostic Jewish parents who fled the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine to Germany. Her brilliance, ascetic lifestyle, introversion, and eccentricity limited her ability to mix with others, but not to teach and participate in political movements of her time. She wrote extensively with both insight and breadth about political movements of which she was a part and later about spiritual mysticism. Weil biographer Gabriella Fiori writes that Weil was "a moral genius in the orbit of ethics, a genius of immense revolutionary range".


Average rating: 4.18 · 2,486 ratings · 222 reviews · 81 distinct works · Similar authors
Waiting for God
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 738 ratings — published 1950 — 32 editions
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Gravity and Grace
4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 590 ratings — published 1947 — 46 editions
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War and the Iliad
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 281 ratings — published 1941 — 5 editions
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The Need for Roots: Prelude...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 177 ratings — published 1949 — 21 editions
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An Anthology
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 103 ratings — published 1986 — 7 editions
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Letter to a Priest
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 106 ratings — published 1951 — 14 editions
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The Simone Weil Reader
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 84 ratings — published 1977 — 4 editions
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Oppression and Liberty
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 68 ratings — published 1978 — 14 editions
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The Notebooks of Simone Weil
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4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 54 ratings — published 1956 — 10 editions
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Intimations of Christianity...
4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 1942 — 7 editions
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More books by Simone Weil…
“All sins are attempts to fill voids.”
Simone Weil

“Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.”
Simone Weil

“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

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