Simone Weil, French philosopher and activist

Peter Foges described Weil as “preternaturally a worker by brain, not by hand. Small, myopic, physically awkward and weak, it is difficult to think of anyone less suited to toil in a factory, workshop or field.” And yet she championed manual labor as a cure for the social ills of the modern world.

Simone Weil immortalized Photo by Flickr/anarchitect/CC BY-NC 2.0

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