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"To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job."

"Why one man rather than another? It was odd. You find yourself involved with a fellow for life just because he was the one that you met when you were nineteen."

"One is not born a woman, but becomes one."

"One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion."

"I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom."

"These worthy schoolteachers were not overburdened with diplomas, but as far as devotion and morality were concerned, they were second to none; they wore plum-colored silk blouses that caressed my cheeks when they pressed me to their bosoms."

"That a whole part of the middle class detests me... is utterly normal. I would be troubled if the contrary were true."

"To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object."

"Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay."

"It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time."

"Since it is the Other within us who is old, it is natural that the revelation of our age should come to us from outside -from others. We do not accept it willingly."

"When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he does become inferior."

"One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius."

"Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself."

"Buying is a profound pleasure."

"All oppression creates a state of war."

"It's frightening to think that you mark your children merely by being yourself. It seems unfair. You can't assume the responsibility for everything you do -or don't do."

"Sex pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken."

"Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap."

"Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable."

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