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Murder
Engrave this Quote When once a certain class of people has been placed by the temporal and spiritual authorities outside the ranks of those whose life has value, then nothing comes more naturally to men than murder.
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Nation, Nationality, Nationalism
Engrave this Quote I suffer more from the humiliations inflicted by my country than from those inflicted on her.
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Obedience
Engrave this Quote There can be a true grandeur in any degree of submissiveness, because it springs from loyalty to the laws and to an oath, and not from baseness of soul.
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Oppression
Engrave this Quote Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible does not give rise to revolt but to submission.
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Engrave this Quote Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand.
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Pain
Engrave this Quote Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.
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Engrave this Quote There is no detachment where there is no pain. And there is no pain endured without hatred or lying unless detachment is present too.
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Paradise, Utopia
Engrave this Quote We must prefer real hell to an imaginary paradise.
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Past, the
Engrave this Quote The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes.
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Philosophy
Engrave this Quote The proper method of philosophy consists in clearly conceiving the insoluble problems in all their insolubility and then in simply contemplating them, fixedly and tirelessly, year after year, without any hope, patiently waiting.
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Poverty
Engrave this Quote As for the spirit of poverty, I do not remember any moment when it was not in me, although only to that unhappily small extent compatible with my imperfection. I fell in love with Saint Francis of Assisi as soon as I came to know about him. I always believed and hoped that one day Fate would force upon me the condition of a vagabond and a beggar which he embraced freely. Actually I felt the same way about prison.
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-Simone Weil, letter written in Marseilles, France to her close friend Father Perrin, May 15, 1942
Power
Engrave this Quote Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates. The truth is, nobody really possesses it.
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Engrave this Quote The appetite for power, even for universal power, is only insane when there is no possibility of indulging it; a man who sees the possibility opening before him and does not try to grasp it, even at the risk of destroying himself and his country, is either
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Engrave this Quote To get power over is to defile. To possess is to defile.
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Engrave this Quote Who were the fools who spread the story that brute force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier. And once they are dead they are no more than corpses.
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Principles
Engrave this Quote A doctrine serves no purpose in itself, but it is indispensable to have one if only to avoid being deceived by false doctrines.
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Problems
Engrave this Quote When a contradiction is impossible to resolve except by a lie, then we know that it is really a door.
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Punishment
Engrave this Quote Whenever a human being, through the commission of a crime, has become exiled from good, he needs to be reintegrated with it through suffering. The suffering should be inflicted with the aim of bringing the soul to recognize freely some day that its infliction was just.
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Purity
Engrave this Quote Purity is the power to contemplate defilement.
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Engrave this Quote Life does not need to mutilate itself in order to be pure.
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Reality
Engrave this Quote Why is it that reality, when set down untransposed in a book, sounds false?
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Engrave this Quote A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams.
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Religion
Engrave this Quote In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
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Right, Rightness
Engrave this Quote One cannot imagine St. Francis of Assisi talking about rights.
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Sadness
Engrave this Quote With no matter what human being, taken individually, I always find reasons for concluding that sorrow and misfortune do not suit him; either because he seems too mediocre for anything so great, or, on the contrary, too precious to be destroyed.
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