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Simone Weil Quotes

Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. – Simone Weil

The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say to him, ‘What are you going through?’ – Simone Weil

The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell. – 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

To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul. – Simone Weil

The creation of the world did not occur at the beginning of time, but only at the moment when this soul was created, which at that moment chose this situation, this solitude. – Simone Weil

The love of God is the love of our neighbor’s good. – Simone Weil

Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but is also their means of communication. – Simone Weil

To be absolutely right is in the same category as to be dead. – Simone Weil

Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer. It presupposes faith and love. – Simone Weil

Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction. – Simone Weil

I can, therefore I am. – Simone Weil

The future is made of the same stuff as the present. – Simone Weil

All sins are attempts to fill voids. – Simone Weil

The highest virtue is intellectual honesty. – Simone Weil

The love of God and the love of our neighbor have a lot in common. – Simone Weil

In order to find out who we are, we must first find out what we are not. – Simone Weil

When you have an enemy, you have a friend. – Simone Weil

We do not ‘practice’ genuine thinking. We are ‘possessed’ by genuine thinking. – Simone Weil

Love is the last word of history. – Simone Weil

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. – Simone Weil

Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon. – Simone Weil

We have to choose to love, and love chooses each one of us. – Simone Weil

The love of God is not a delusion; it is the only reality. – Simone Weil

Affliction is also a door, for heavenly illumination. – Simone Weil

We are only strong when God is truly our strength. – Simone Weil

Art is an absolute necessity; a splendor to which people should refuse to give up. – Simone Weil

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. – Simone Weil

Into this envelope, which is simple in appearance, Weil manages to pack deep and complex reflections on a wide range of topics. – Simone Weil

Gravity is the weight of love. – Simone Weil

Grace fills empty spaces, but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it. – Simone Weil

We must be rooted to understand. – Simone Weil

Those who cannot forgive others are prisoners of themselves. – Simone Weil

Beauty always has an element of strangeness. – Simone Weil

To be attentive is to be vigilant. – Simone Weil

The world in which we live can, at times, be so overwhelmingly painful, that we almost feel as if we are standing at the very gates of hell. – Simone Weil

God is the answer to all of our infinite questions. – Simone Weil

The love of God is the highest form of love. – Simone Weil

The good is something simple, always attainable, always within reach. – Simone Weil

God does not demand that we be successful, only that we be faithful. – Simone Weil

We are called to love all of our neighbors, even those who are unlovable. – Simone Weil

The love of God is a fire that consumes and purifies us. – Simone Weil

He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. – Simone Weil

To be truly human is to love and to be loved. – Simone Weil

Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present. – Simone Weil

Our love for God is shown in our love for others. – Simone Weil

Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer. – Simone Weil

True freedom is not the absence of constraints, but the presence of love. – Simone Weil

However serious and willing to change, if we do not love then we are nothing. – Simone Weil

The love of God is the only true treasure. – Simone Weil

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