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Gravity and Grace (Routledge Classics) (Volume 41) Paperback – September 12, 2002
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This seems to be the book most people recommend to start with. It's pretty quick and shouldn't be too hard a read for most folks. I'd probably describe the style as aphoristic. You can pick different chapters to skip about in without losing much of an argument's thread. That said, you should totally read the whole thing.
Weil's thought is complex, mystical, and challenging. This is a book that should probably be read a couple of times before any strong opinions are formed, so I'll just say this: I found her ideas to be very compelling, but I bristled a bit at her veneration of suffering.
I can't wait to read more of her work.
I read "Gravity and Grace" from beginning to end, but it doesn't have to be consumed this way. In fact I will probably come back to this material repeatedly because there are many deep thoughts here that just need to be chewed over in that way. Since it is organized by topic you can pretty much dive into it wherever you like. I say go into this book with an open mind and a sufficient appetite for spiritual discovery.
It is dark and cold, but illuminated by a heavenly wisdom.
Weil was a philosopher of the spirit. Read it over and over again. And then read her books and essays.
"In everything that gives us the pure authentic feeling of beauty there is really the presence of God. There is, as it were, an incarnation of God in the world, and it is indicated by beauty.
The beautiful is the experimental proof that the incarnation is possible.
Hence all art of the highest order is religious in essence. (That is what people have forgotten today.) A Gregorian melody is as powerful a witness as the death of a martyr."
"A case of contradictories which are true. God exists. God does not. Where is the problem? I am quite sure that.there is a God in the sense that I am quite sure that my love is not illusory. I am quite sure that there is not a God in the sense that I am quite sure nothing real can be anything like what I am able to conceive when I pronounce this word. But that which I cannot conceive is not an illusion."
"The errors of our time come from Christianity without the supernatural. Secularization is the cause--and primarily humanism."
"Beauty captivates the flesh in order to obtain permission to pass right through to the soul."
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