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Gravity and Grace

Simone Weil

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Human existence is so fragile a thing and exposed to such dangers that I cannot love without trembling.”

“All the natural movements of the soul are controlled by laws analogous to those of physical gravity. Grace is the only exception. Grace fills empty spaces, but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it, and it is grace itself which makes this void. The imagination is continually at work filling up all the fissures through which grace might pass.”

“Love of God is pure when joy and suffering inspire an equal degree of gratitude.”

“Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.”

“The world is the closed door. It is a barrier. And at the same time it is the way through. Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but it is also their means of communication. … Every separation is a link.”

“Justice. To be ever ready to admit that another person is something quite different from what we read when he is there (or when we think about him). Or rather, to read in him that he is certainly something different, perhaps something completely different from what we read in him. Every being cries out silently to be read differently.”

“He who has not God in himself cannot feel His absence.”

“You could not be born at a better period than the present, when we have lost everything.”

“Stars and blossoming fruit trees: Utter permanence and extreme fragility give an equal sense of eternity.”

“Electra weeping for the dead Orestes. If we love God while thinking that he does not exist, he will manifest his existence.”

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Book Keywords:

doubt, suffering, love, gratitude, life, faith, grace

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