"To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art or life."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Simone Weil on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Simone Weil on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Simone Weil on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Simone Weil on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Simone Weil on Oscar Wilde
"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."
"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."
"To write the lives of the great in separating them from their works necessarily ends by above all stressing their pettiness, because it is in their work that they have put the best of themselves."