Sunday, January 9, 2011

Meandering in the stacks . . .

Today is the birthday of Simone de Beauvoir (January 9, 1908 – April 14, 1986), existentialist philosopher, novelist, and essayist. She is best known for her two volume treatise Le deuxième sexe (The Second Sex, 1949), which the Vatican placed on the Index of Forbidden Books.

"One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others."
- Simone de Beauvoir

"Society cares about the individual only in so far as he is profitable. The young know this. Their anxiety as they enter in upon social life matches the anguish of the old as they are excluded from it."
- Simone de Beauvoir

"That's what I consider true generosity. You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing."
- Simone de Beauvoir

"There is only one solution if old age is not to be an absurd parody of our former life, and that is to go on pursuing ends that give our existence a meaning."
- Simone de Beauvoir

"Self-consciousness is not knowledge but a story one tells about oneself."
Simone de Beauvoir

"Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay."
- Simone de Beauvoir

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