Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) French writer

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I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for the truth; and truth rewarded me. - Simone de Beauvoir

To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job. - Simone de Beauvoir

The ideal of happiness has always taken material form in the house, whether cottage or castle. It stands for permanence and separation from the world. - Simone de Beauvoir

These worthy schoolteachers were not overburdened with diplomas, but as far as devotion and morality were concerned, they were second to none; they wore plum-coloured silk blouses that caressed my cheeks when they pressed me to their bosoms. - Simone de Beauvoir

I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. - Simone de Beauvoir

One is not born a woman, but rather becomes one. - Simone de Beauvoir

What is an adult? A child blown up by age. - Simone de Beauvoir

It is not in giving life but in risking life that man is raised above the animal; that is why superiority has been accorded in humanity not to the sex that brings forth but to that which kills. - Simone de Beauvoir

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom. - Simone de Beauvoir

To emancipate woman is to refuse to confine her to the relations she bears to man, not to deny them to her; let her have her independent existence and she will continue none the less to exist to him also; mutually recognizing each other as subject, each will yet remain for the other an other. - Simone de Beauvoir