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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
tags: love
“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
“Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“Justice. To be ever ready to admit that another person is something quite different from what we read when he is there (or when we think about him). Or rather, to read in him that he is certainly something different, perhaps something completely different from what we read in him.
Every being cries out silently to be read differently.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“The world is the closed door. It is a barrier. And at the same time it is the way through.

Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but it is also their means of communication. … Every separation is a link.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“He who has not God in himself cannot feel His absence.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“You could not be born at a better period than the present, when we have lost everything.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“Stars and blossoming fruit trees: Utter permanence and extreme fragility give an equal sense of eternity.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“Electra weeping for the dead Orestes. If we love God while thinking that he does not exist, he will manifest his existence.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“The man who has known pure joy, if only for a moment ... is the only man for whom affliction is something devastating. At the same time he is the only man who has not deserved the punishment. But, after all, for him it is no punishment; it is God holding his hand and pressing rather hard. For, if he remains constant, what he will discover buried deep under the sound of his own lamentations is the pearl of the silence of God.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“Time’s violence rends the soul; by the rent eternity enters.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“If we know in what way society is unbalanced, we must do what we can to add weight to the lighter scale ... we must have formed a conception of equilibrium and be ever ready to change sides like justice, 'that fugitive from the camp of conquerors'.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“La beauté séduit la chair pour obtenir la permission de passer jusqu'à l'âme.”
Simone Weil, La pesanteur et la grâce
“Distance is the soul of the beautiful.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“To love purely is to consent to distance, it is to adore the distance between ourselves and that which we love.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“There is no doubt that here below matter and evil exercise 'all the causality which belongs to them'; the spectacle of the innumerable horrors of history is enough to prove that the kingdom of God is not of this world (does not Scripture describe the devil as the prince of this world?). Nevertheless God remains mysteriously present in creation: without in any way changing the calamities which weigh upon us, his grace plays upon the laws of gravity like the sun's rays in the clouds.”
Gustave Thibon, Gravity and Grace
“The mind is not forced to believe in the existence of anything (subjectivism, absolute idealism, solipsism, skepticism: c.f. the Upanishads, the Taoists and Plato, who, all of them, adopt this philosophical attitude by way of purification). That is why the only organ of contact with existence is acceptance, love. That is why beauty and reality are identical. That is why joy and the sense of reality are identical.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“Belief in immortality is harmful because it is not in our power to conceive of the soul as really incorporeal. So this belief is in fact a belief in the prolongation of life, and it robs death of its purpose.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“l’amour n’est pas consolation, il est lumière. 
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Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
tags: love
“Chaque être crie en silence pour être lu autrement.”
Simone Weil, La pesanteur et la grâce
“Love needs reality. What is more terrible than the discovery that through a bodily appearance we have been loving an imaginary being. It is much more terrible than death, from death does not prevent the Beloved from having lived.
That is the punishment for having fed love on imagination.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“Friendship is not to be sought, not to be dreamed, not to be desired; it is to be exercised (it is a virtue).”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“There are four evidences of divine mercy here below. The favors of God to beings capable of contemplation (these states exist and form part of their experience as creatures). The radiance of these beings, and their compassion, which is the divine compassion in them. The beauty of the world. The fourth evidence is the complete absence of mercy here below.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“Art has no immediate future because all art is collective and there is no more collective life(there are only dead collections of people), and also because of this breaking of the true pact between the body and the soul. Greek art coincided with the beginning of geometry and with athleticism, the art of the Middle Ages with the craftsmen's guilds, the art of the Renaissance with the beginning of mechanics, etc....Since 1914 there has been a complete cut. Even comedy is almost impossible. There is only room for satire (when was it easier to understand Juvenal?). Art will never be reborn except from amidst a general anarchy - it will be epic no doubt, because affliction will have simplified a great many things...It is therefore quite useless for you to envy Leonardo or Bach. Greatness in our times must take a different course. Moreover it can only be solitary, obscure and without an echo...(but without an echo, no art).”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
tags: art, beauty
“Why is the determination to fight against a prejudice a sure sign that one is full of it? Such a determination necessarily arises from an obsession. It constitutes an utterly sterile effort to get rid of it. In such a case the light of attention is the only thing which is effective, and it is not compatible with a polemical intention.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“Man only escapes from the laws of this world in lightning flashes. Instants when everything stands still, instants of contemplation, of pure intuition, of mental void, of acceptance of the moral void. It is through such instants that he is capable of the supernatural.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“Purity is the power to contemplate defilement.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“Perfect joy excludes even the very feeling of joy, for in the soul filled by the object no corner is left for saying 'I'. We cannot imagine such joys when they are absent, thus the incentive for seeking them is lacking.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“Monotony is the most beautiful or the most atrocious thing. The most beautiful if it is a reflection of eternity--the most atrocious if it is the sign of an unvarying perpetuity. It is time surpassed or time sterilized.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace

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