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Simone Weil (1909-1943) French philosopher, mystic

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Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge. - Simone Weil

Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention. - Simone Weil

The payment of debts is necessary for social order. The non-payment is quite equally necessary for social order. For centuries humanity has oscillated, serenely unaware, between these two contradictory necessities. - Simone Weil

A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves. - Simone Weil

Who were the fools who spread the story that brute force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier. And once they are dead they are no more than corpses. - Simone Weil

The role of the intelligence, that part of us which affirms and denies and formulates opinions is merely to submit. - Simone Weil

Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings. - Simone Weil

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. - Simone Weil

The mysteries of faith are degraded if they are made into an object of affirmation and negation, when in reality they should be an object of contemplation. - Simone Weil

What a country calls its vital economic interests are not the things which enable its citizens to live, but the things which enable it to make war. Petrol is more likely than wheat to be a cause of international conflict. - Simone Weil