11 Simone De Beauvoir quotes about Women and Feminism

Simone De Beauvoir is a French existentialist philosopher and writer. Undoubtedly, a vast portion of her works includes feminist existentialist and feminist theory. Her works are mostly incorporated with other French existentialists such as Jean Paul Sartre (with whom she had maintained a life-long, open relationship), Albert Camus, and Maurice Merleau Ponty. Her philosophical approach is quite different. Her works resemble Descartes, Bergson, Edmund Husserl, and Martin Heidegger. She is widely known for her treaties ‘The Second Sex’, which represents a detailed view of woman oppression. As a writer, she wrote travel diaries during her stay in the USA. Also, she wrote several volumes of short stories.

I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.

I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.

She was ready to deny the existence of space and time rather than admit that love might not be eternal.

From The Mandarins

One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.

A man attaches himself to woman — not to enjoy her, but to enjoy himself. 

A man attaches himself to woman — not to enjoy her, but to enjoy himself. 

On the day when it will be possible for woman to love not in her weakness but in her strength, not to escape herself but to find herself, not to abase herself but to assert herself–on that day love will become for her, as for man, a source of life and not of mortal danger.

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

No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.

Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female — whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.

She would never change, but one day at the touch of a fingertip she would fall to dust.

From The Mandarins

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