I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself
She was ready to deny the existence of space and time rather than admit that love might not be eternal.
I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.
It's not a very big step from contentment to complacency.
In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.
The role of a retired person is no longer to possess one.
Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself.
Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
You can't assume the responsibility for everything you do-or don't do.
One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius.
If you haven't been happy very young, you can still be happy later on, but it's much harder. You need more luck.
If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.
One is not born a woman - one becomes one.
In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.
One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, and compassion
I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. I want this adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end.
It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for living.
One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.
Regardless of the staggering dimensions of the world about us, the density of our ignorance, the risks of catastrophes to come, and our individual weakness within the immense collectivity, the fact remains that we are absolutely free today if we choose to will our existence in its finiteness, a finiteness which is open on the infinite. And in fact, any man who has known real loves, real revolts, real desires, and real will knows quite well that he has no need of any outside guarantee to be sure of his goals; their certitude comes from his own drive.