It is not the cause for which men took up arms that makes a victory more just or less, it is the order that is established when arms have been laid down.
Category Archive: Simone Weil
The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.
Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand.
Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ, I commit the sin of envy.
There can be a true grandeur in any degree of submissiveness, because it springs from loyalty to the laws and to an oath, and not from baseness of soul.
An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God.
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.
A science which does not bring us nearer to God is worthless.
It is an eternal obligation toward the human being not to let him suffer from hunger when one has a chance of coming to his assistance.
For when two beings who are not friends are near each other there is no meeting, and when friends are far apart there is no separation.