"If the author knows in advance the conclusion he intends, if he insists upon pressing a predetermined thesis upon the reader, if he refuses to permit even the illusion of freedom, then … the novel has no value and dignity, which must be there if both author and reader are to discover something alive. It is this necessity that one speaks of … when one says that the novel must escape from its author, who must not dispose of his characters, but on the contrary must let them impose their will on him. A novel is not a manufactured object, and it is even pejorative to say that it is fabricated; without doubt it is absurd to say that heroes in the literal sense of the word are free, but in truth this freedom that one admires in the characters of Dostoevsky, for example, is that of the novelist himself who has respect for his creations, and the opacity of events which he evokes should manifest the resistance which he has met in the act of creation."
Simone de Beauvoir, “Literature and Metaphysics” (Deirdre Bair’s translation in Simone de Beauvoir: a biography, pp. 318-319)
(P.S.: The essay “Literature and Metaphysics” was written by Beauvoir in 1946 for Les Temps Modernes magazine. At the time Beauvoir was not a feminist and used the masculine form of language as expression of the generic or universal.)
"É porque minha subjetividade não é inércia, retiro sobre si, separação, mas, ao contrário, movimento para o outro, que a diferença entre o outro e eu é abolida e que posso chamar o outro de meu; apenas eu posso criar o laço que me une ao outro; crio-o pelo fato de que não sou uma coisa, mas um projeto de mim rumo ao outro, uma transcendência."
— Simone de Beauvoir, Pirro e Cinéias
"Literature is born when something in life goes slightly adrift."
— Simone de Beauvoir, The Prime of Life.
"Moi je voudrais que chaque chose m’appartienne comme si je n’aimais qu’elle au monde; mais je les veux toutes; et mes mains sont vides."
— Simone de Beauvoir, Tous les hommes sont mortels