Quotes by Simone Weil

Humility is attentive patience.

To get power over is to defile. To possess is to defile.

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

In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention.

More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic.

A science which does not bring us nearer to God is worthless.

The only hope of socialism resides in those who have already brought about in themselves, as far as is possible in the society of today, that union between manual and intellectual labor which characterizes the society we are aiming at.

There is one, and only one, thing in modern society more hideous than crime namely, repressive justice.

The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.

The only way into truth is through one's own annihilation through dwelling a long time in a state of extreme and total humiliation.