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SIMONE WEIL
French philosopher
(1909 - 1943)

A work of art has an author and yet, when it is perfect, it has something which is anonymous about it.
      - [Art]

All sins are attempts to fill voids.
      - [Sin]

Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors, who when their turn comes will manufacture professors.
      - [Culture]

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.
      - [Compassion]

Evil, when we are in its power, is not felt as evil, but as a necessity, even a duty.
      - [Evil]

Humility is attentive patience.
      - [Humility]

I can, therefore I am.
      - [Existence]

Imaginary evil is romantic and varied, full of charm; imaginary good is tiresome and flat. Real evil, however, is drear, monotonous, barren. Real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.
      - [Evil]

Pain is the root of knowledge.
      - [Pain]

The poet produces the beautiful by fixing his attention on something real.
      - [Poets]

Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, even a duty.
      - Gravity and Grace [Evil]


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