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Simone de Beauvoir Quotes
Brief author info: Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) French writer and philosopher Novelist and essayist; existentialist and feminist; known for groundbreaking study of women's status, The Second Sex, and for relationship with philosopher Jean Paul Sartre.
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One is not born a genius; one becomes a genius.
Why one man rather than another? It was odd. You find yourself involved with a fellow for life just because he was the one you met when you were nineteen.
That is what chills your spine when you read an account of a suicide: not the frail corpse hanging from the window bars but what happened inside that heart immediately before.
Marriage is traditionally the destiny offered to women by society. Most women are married or have been, or plan to be or suffer from not being.
Harmony between two individuals is never granted-it has to be conquered indefinitely.
The American woman's inequality with men is proved by her defiant attitude.
One is not born a woman-one becomes one.
Hegel held that the two sexes were of necessity different, the one being active and the other passive, and of course the female would be the passive one.
It is a difficult matter for man to realize the extreme importance of social discriminations which seem outwardly insignificant but which produce in woman moral and intellectual effects so profound that they appear to spring from her original nature.
Woman has always been man's dependent, if not his slave; the two sexes have never shaped the world in equality. And even today woman is heavily handicapped, though her situation is beginning to change.
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