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Simone de Beauvoir

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If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.

— Simone de Beauvoir

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Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying.

— Simone de Beauvoir

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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

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Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with the absolute truth.

— Simone de Beauvoir

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Sex pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.

— Simone de Beauvoir

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Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.

— Simone de Beauvoir

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Buying is a profound pleasure.

— Simone de Beauvoir

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Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.

— Simone de Beauvoir

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Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior; she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male's superiority.

— Simone de Beauvoir

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The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women.

— Simone de Beauvoir

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Beauvoir herself was deeply religious as a child —- at one point intending to become a nun -— until Simone de Beauvoir experienced a crisis of faith at age 14 after which Simone de Beauvoir remained an atheist for the rest of her life. Debates rage on about the extent to which they influenced each other in their existentialist works such as Sartre's Being and Nothingness and Beauvoir's She Came to Stay. Beauvoir used Les Temps Modernes to promote her own work and explore her ideas on a small scale before fashioning essays and books.

"La Beauvoir" redirects here; also see: Beauvoir (disambiguation). She is best known for her novels including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins as well as her 1949 treatise The Second Sex a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism. Beauvoir wrote novels essays biographies an autobiography monographs on philosophy politics and social issues.

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