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I would stand transfixed before the windows of the confectioner's shops, fascinated by the luminous sparkle of candied fruits, the cloudy lustre of jellies, the kaleidoscopic inflorescence of acidulated fruitdrops.
—  Simone de Beauvoir
However gifted an individual is at the outset, if his or her talents cannot be developed because of his or her social condition, because of the surrounding circumstances, these talents will be still-born.
—  Simone de Beauvoir
This has always been a man's world, and none of the reasons hitherto brought forward in explanation of this fact has seemed adequate.
—  Simone de Beauvoir
I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
—  Simone de Beauvoir
To show your true ability is always, in a sense, to surpass the limits of your ability, to go a little beyond them: to dare, to seek, to invent; it is at such a moment that new talents are revealed, discovered, and realized.
—  Simone de Beauvoir
It is not in giving life but in risking life that man is raised above the animal; that is why superiority has been accorded in humanity not to the sex that brings forth but to that which kills.
—  Simone de Beauvoir

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