"You can’t live in the past. You can use it to do something new. But, the past is over and you have to move forward. You can’t live in a sort of envy or jealousy or resentment. Otherwise you are just really pissing all over the present."
"You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting “Vanity,” thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for you own pleasure."
"I am depressed most of the time. And when you’re depressed it is so enveloping that it actually does control your life, you cannot overcome it, and you can’t take advice. People trying to cheer you up become infuriating and almost insulting. It’s all a part of that “pull-yourself-together” approach, isn’t it? Depression is very, very powerful. You can’t simply go to a nightclub and have a quick Miller draft light, or whatever you call it, and come out of it."
"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."
"I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger."
#simone de beauvoir
"It is necessary to fall in love, if only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway."