DIARY EXCERPT

SIMONE WEIL

List of temptations (to be read every morning)
TEMPTATION OF IDLENESS (by far the strongest)
        Never surrender to the flow of time. Never put off what you have decided to do.
Temptation of the inner life
Deal only with those difficulties which actually confront you. Allow yourself only those feelings which are actually called upon for effective use or else are required by thought for the sake of inspiration. Cut away ruthlessly everything that is imaginary in your feelings.
Temptation of self-immolation
Subordinate to external affairs and people everything that is subjective, but never the subject itself — i.e. your judgement. Never promise and never give to another more than you would demand from yourself if you were he. (?)

Temptation to dominate
Temptation of perversity
Never react to an evil in such a way as to augment it.

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