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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)
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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