Simone Weil

4th March, 2009 - Posted by Christine Perrin - 1 Comment

One of my favorite thinkers is Simone Weil who was a French Philosopher.  Much of her philosophy reads like poetry.  She wrote many interesting things, here is one pithy quote.  “The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like a condemned man who is proud of his large cell.”  (Human Personality)

I am continually humbled by poetry and the minds, thoughts, brilliant connections that I find in it.  I learn what it is like to be in someone else’s mind by reading it, which is great because one can get tired of her own thoughts and patterns of thought.

Simone Weil also defined prayer as attention and vice versa–attention as prayer.  Poetry helps me to learn to pay attention, no one pays such close attention to so many things as a poet does.  In poetry each word counts.

Posted on: March 4, 2009

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October 21st, 2009 at 11:47 am    

That quote is very interesting! Although it is short and straight the point, I never really thought of it the way that Weil states it. Also, your points about poetry are so true. I get tired of my own thoughts quite regularly. I am very thankful for other authors’ and poets’ writings, that give me a break from my own train of thought!

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