Simone Weil Quotes

Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him.
When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man's name live for thousands of years. But above this level, far above, separated by an abyss, is the level where the highest things are achieved. These things are essentially anonymous.
Bourgeois society is infected by monomania the monomania of accounting. For it, the only thing that has value is what can be counted in francs and centimes. It never hesitates to sacrifice human life to figures which look well on paper, such as national budgets or industrial balance sheets.
Misfortunes leave wounds which bleed drop by drop even in sleep thus little by little they train man by force and dispose him to wisdom in spite of himself. Man must learn to think of himself as a limited and dependent being and only suffering teaches him this.
Most idealistic people are skint. I have discovered that people with money have no imagination, and people with imagination have no money.
The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say, What are you going through
Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty.
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