Simone de Beauvoir (9 January 1908 – 14 April 1986) was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory. Here are some of her best quotes:

“Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female – whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.”


“Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying.”


“In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.”


“I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity.”


“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.”


“To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.”


“I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth – and truth rewarded me.”


“Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.”


“No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.”


“The word love has by no means the same sense for both sexes, and this is one cause of the serious misunderstandings that divide them.”

Source: BrainyQuote

 

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