The Mandarins

by Simone de Beauvoir
9 Jan 1908 // 14 Apr 1986

Literature is Truer than Life (1)

"In a way, literature is truer than life," he said to himself. "On paper, you say exactly and completely what you feel. How easy it is to break things off on paper! You hate, you shout, you kill, you...

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The Mandarins

Simone de Beauvoir


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
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."