"More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Simone Weil on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Simone Weil on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Simone Weil on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Simone Weil on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Simone Weil on Abraham Lincoln
"We can only know one thing about God - that he is what we are not. Our wretchedness alone is an image of this. The more we contemplate it, the more we contemplate him."
"To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art or life."
"Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication."
"Beauty always promises, but never gives anything."
"Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace."