"Like a lunatic pendulum I swung fanatically from apathy to wild happiness." Simone De Beauvoir
" But then why was I always repeating in a desolate voice that ‘all is vanity’? In fact, the sickness I was suffering from was that I had been driven out of the paradise of childhood and had not found myself in the world of men. I had set myself up in the absolute in order to gaze down upon this world which was rejecting me; now, if I wanted to act, to write a book, to express myself, I would have to go back down there: but my contempt had annihilated it, and I could see nothing but emptiness all around me. "
Simone De Beauvoir, Memories of a Dutiful Daughter