05 November 2006

Simone Weil

[from Phillips Lopate’s essay “Against Joie de Vivre,” he is quoting Simone Weil]

The soul knows for certain only that it is hungry. The important thing is that it announces its hunger by crying. A child does not stop crying if we suggest to it that perhaps there is no bread. It goes on crying just the same. The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.

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