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Quotation by Simone Weil
"A Note on Social Democracy" (written 1937), published in Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962) "Attention and Will" Gravity and Grace (1947, trans. 1952) "A War of Religions" Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962) "Classical Science and After" (written 1941), published in On Science, Necessity, and the Love of God, ed. Richard Rees (1968) "Cold War Policy in 1939" (written 1939), published in Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962)
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.
Simone Weil (1909–1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. In Simone Weil: An Anthology, ed. Sian Miles, trans. by Mary McCarthy (1986). "The Iliad or the Poem of Force," Cahiers du Sud (Marseilles, Dec. 1940/Jan. 1941).
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