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JEAN-PAUL SARTRE QUOTES

Hell is other people.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, No Exit

There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, The Devil and the Good Lord

It's the well-behaved children ... that make the most formidable revolutionaries. They don't say a word, they don't hide under the table, they eat only one piece of chocolate at a time. But later on they make society pay dearly.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, Dirty Hands

Man is condemned to be free.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, Existentialism Is a Humanism

When the rich wage war, it is the poor who die.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, The Devil and the Good Lord

Men equally honest, equally devoted to their fatherland, are momentarily separated by different conceptions of their duty.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, Dirty Hands

People who live in society have learned how to see themselves in mirrors as they appear to their friends.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, Nausea

I tell you the truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, The Devil and the Good Lord

A good hanging now and then -- that entertains folk in the provinces and robs death of its glamour.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, The Flies

Perception is naturally surpassed toward action; better yet, it can be revealed only in and through projects of action. The world is revealed as an "always future hollow", for we are always future to ourselves.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, Being and Nothingness

If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, The Devil and the Good Lord

I say a murder is abstract. You pull the trigger and after that you do not understand anything that happens.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, Dirty Hands

Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, Nausea

The revolution you dream of is not ours. You don't want to change the world, you want to blow it up.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, Dirty Hands

Night is falling: at dusk, you must have good eyesight to be able to tell the Good Lord from the Devil.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, The Devil and the Good Lord

I had found my religion: nothing seemed more important to me than a book. I saw the library as a temple.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, The Words

If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, Essays in Aesthetics

In reality, people read because they want to write. Anyway, reading is a sort of rewriting.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, interview, Les Ecrivains en Personne, 1959

The nudity of that feminine body had risen into her face, the body had reabsorbed it, as nature reabsorbs forsaken gardens.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, The Reprieve

They are young and well built, they have another thirty years ahead of them. So they don't hurry, they take their time, and they are quite right. Once they have been to bed together, they will have to find something else to conceal the enormous absurdity of their existence.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, Nausea

Happiness has to be installed in each person as a state of affairs completely cut off from the process that brought it about and, in particular, from the real situation. Man has to be affected with happiness. It is a tonality given to him. Contradiction: if one does take care to give him happiness, it is because he is a free creature--but in order to give it to him, one turns him into an object.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, Notebooks for an Ethics

In the nineteenth century one had to give all sorts of guarantees and lead an exemplary life in order to cleanse oneself in the eyes of the bourgeois of the sin of writing, for literature is, in essence, heresy. The situation has not changed except that it is now the Communists, that is, the qualified representatives of the proletariat, who as a matter of principle regard the writer as suspect.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, What Is Literature?: And Other Essays

Jean-Paul Sartre - a biography.


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