I’ve been reading, yet again, the unorthodox aphoristic writings of the great Simone Weil, philosopher, social activist and probably one of the greatest mystics of all time. T. S. Eliot called her “a woman of genius, of a kind of genius akin to that of the saints”. I adore her terse, radical yet ecstatic musings. Love Susie x
1)Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvellous, intoxicating.
2)Human existence is so fragile a thing and exposed to such dangers that I cannot love without trembling.
3)The sea is not less beautiful in our eyes because we know that sometimes ships are wrecked by it.
4)Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer. It presupposes faith and love. Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.