Quotation by Simone Weil

The real stumbling-block of totalitarian régimes is not the spiritual need of men for freedom of thought; it is men's inability to stand the physical and nervous strain of a permanent state of excitement, except during a few years of their youth.
Simone Weil (1909–1943), French philosopher, mystic. Written 1939. "Cold War Policy in 1939," Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962).
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