A true icon. A true idol. A true inspiration. Simone de Beauvoir, a French author, existential philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist, was a woman that wasn’t just exceptional and remarkable in her times but for eternity. Her most endearing work, “The Second Sex”, is a blueprint for feminism.
Simone de Beauvoir was one of the pioneers of feminism and feminist ideals while also co-authoring the sentiments that feminism shares today.
In Simone de Beauvoir’s own words, “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.”
Always curious like a true philosopher, Simone de Beauvoir championed issues such as women oppression, women liberation, nature, gender issues, sexuality and whatnot. Let’s read some of her most brilliant quotes, which aren’t just some but way too many, and cherish the fabulous feminist she was, she is, and she will be.
Quotes By Simone De Beauvoir
Let us get into Simone de Beauvoir’s most inspiring and revolutionary quotes:
1. “If the feminine issue is so absurd, it is because the male’s arrogance made it a discussion.”
2. “But women do not say ‘We’, except at some congress of feminists or similar formal demonstration; men say ‘women’, and women use the same word in referring to themselves.”
3. “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 absolute truth.”
4. “That the child is the supreme aim of a woman is a statement having precisely the value of an advertising slogan.”
5. “If they want to flirt or initiate a friendship, they should carefully avoid giving the impression they are taking the initiative; men do not like tomboys, nor bluestockings, nor thinking women; too much audacity, culture, intelligence, or character frightens them.”
6. “What would Prince Charming have for occupation if he had not to awaken the Sleeping beauty?”
7. “In exchange for her liberty, she has received the false treasures of her ‘femininity.”
8. “Women’s mutual understanding comes from the fact that they identify themselves with each other, but for the same reason each is against the others.”
9. “Man is defined as a human being and woman as a female – whenever she behaves as a human being, she is said to imitate the male.”
10. “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”
11. “To emancipate woman is to refuse to confine her to the relations she bears to man, not to deny them to her.”
12. “Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.”
13. “If I want to define myself, I first have to say, “I am a woman”; all other assertions will arise from this basic truth. A man never begins by positing himself as an individual of a certain sex: that he is a man is obvious.”
14. “When we abolish the slavery of half of humanity, together with the whole system of hypocrisy that it implies, then the ‘division’ of humanity will reveal its genuine significance, and the human couple will find its true form.”
15. “The whole of feminine history has been man-made.”
16. “Her wings are cut, and then she is blamed for not knowing how to fly.”
17. “To be feminine is to show oneself as weak, futile, passive, and docile.”
18. “The girl is supposed not only to primp and dress herself up but also to repress her spontaneity and substitute for it the grace and charm she has been taught by her elder sisters.”
19. “Any self-assertion will take away from her femininity and her seductiveness.”
20. “All oppression creates a state of war. And this is no exception.”
Don’t let society fool you into believing and condoning your oppression. Don’t let anybody make you feel you are half and you need that missing part to be whole. You are whole. You are a woman. You are fierce. This is what Simone de Beauvoir makes me believe in. Do let us know what fierce feeling did she instils in you. Let us know if any absolute favourites from the marvellous Simone de Beauvoir inspired/ empowered you!