And to follow on from my earlier post, here are some wonderul quotations courtesy of the excellent Interesting Literature blog!

Interesting Literature

Simone de Beauvoir (or, to give her full name, Simone-Lucie-Ernestine-Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir), is perhaps best known as the author of the feminist treatise The Second Sex (1949) and as the long-term lover of Jean-Paul Sartre. Since she was born on this day in 1908 – at four in the morning, according to her memoirs – we thought we’d gather together ten of her most thought-provoking quotes.

1. I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.

– The Blood of Others (1946)

2. Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.

– Force of Circumstances vol. III (1963)

3. What is an adult? A child blown up by age.

– A Woman Destroyed (1967)

4. Let us try to assume our fundamental ambiguity. It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our life that we must draw…

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