Simone de Beauvoir

Philosopher, Author

1908 – 1986

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Who was Simone de Beauvoir?

Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, commonly known as Simone de Beauvoir, was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory. Beauvoir wrote novels, essays, biographies, an autobiography and monographs on philosophy, politics and social issues. She is best known for her novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins, as well as her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism.

Famous Quotes:

  • It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.
  • In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men.
  • When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he does become inferior.
  • To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object.
  • Buying is a profound pleasure.
  • Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.
  • Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.
  • To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.
  • The curse which lies upon marriage is that too often the individuals are joined in their weakness rather than in their strength --each asking from the other instead of finding pleasure in giving. It is even more deceptive to dream of gaining through the child a plenitude, a warmth, a value, which one is unable to create for oneself; the child brings joy only to the woman who is capable of disinterestedly desiring the happiness of another, to one who without being wrapped up in self seeks to transcend her own existence.
  • One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius.

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Born
Jan 9, 1908
Paris
Also known as
  • Simone-Lucie-Ernestine-Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir
  • Castor
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Atheism
Ethnicity
  • French people
Nationality
  • France
Profession
Education
  • University of Paris
    Philosophy
Died
Apr 14, 1986
Paris
Resting place
Montparnasse Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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