Favorite Quotations Simone de Beauvoir The Second Sex

"Habit has a kind of poetry." ~ Simone de Beauvoir

As long as the family and the myth of the family... have not been destroyed, women will still be oppressed.

It's not a very big step from contentment to complacency.

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.

Buying is a profound pleasure.

Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself.

In the face of an obstacle, which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.

It is the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for living.

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

One is not born a woman, one becomes one.

JournalsIt's not a very big step from contentment to complacency.

The word love has by no means the same sense for both sexes, and this is one cause of the serious misunderstandings that divide them.

It's frightening to think that you mark your children merely by being yourself… It seems unfair. You can't assume responsibility for everything you do--or don't do.

The most sympathetic of men never fully comprehend woman's concrete situation.

When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he does become inferior.

Old age is life's parody.

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