"J’ai vécu des minutes telles que tout le bonheur humain y était contenu ; et qu’à elles seules, elles auraient suffi à justifier toute ma vie. Et je sais que j’en connaîtrai d’autres encore."
— Simone de Beauvoir, Cahiers de jeunesse
"All agree in recognizing the fact that females exist in the human species; today as always they make up about one half of humanity. And yet we are told that femininity is in danger; we are exhorted to be women, remain women, become women. It would appear, then, that every female human being is not necessarily a woman; to be so considered she must share in that mysterious and threatened reality known as femininity. Is this attribute something secreted by the ovaries? Or is it a Platonic essence, a product of the philosophical imagination? Is a rustling petticoat enough to bring it down to earth?"
— Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, p. xix
"En écrivant une œuvre nourrie de mon histoire, je me créerais moi-même à neuf et je justifierais mon existence. En même temps, je servirais l’humanité : quel plus beau cadeau lui faire que des livres ?"
— Simone de Beauvoir, Mémoires d’une jeune fille rangée
"The real world, that was what I lived with you."
— Jean-Paul Sartre to Simone de Beauvoir in 1975, “Conversations with Jean-Paul Sartre”, second part of her book Adieux
"They [feminists] have studied and thought, and they want to make changes that will benefit all of society. Throughout the world, women are still being sold, beaten, raped, and killed, so this is a struggle that must be in the minds of all women and be the basis of all feminist behaviour. We can no longer tolerate anti-feminist behaviour, from other women or from men."
Simone de Beauvoir, 1984 Britannica Book of the Year, p.28
[Isn’t it sad that this quote fits perfectly in the 2014 society? 30 years have passed but…]
"[Old] age is a problem on which all the failures of society converge. And this is why it is so carefully hidden."
— Simone de Beauvoir, interview to Nina Sutton about her book La Vieillesse (The Guardian, Feb. 16, 1970)