The Mandarins

by Simone de Beauvoir
France
9 Jan 1908 // 14 Apr 1986
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I could see no reason for being sad. Itīs just that it makes me unhappy not to feel happy.

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

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Simone de Beauvoir

 

On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
Essays
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
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