Jean-Paul Sartre quote

"There are two kinds of existentialist; first, those who are Christian...and on the other hand the atheistic existentialists, among whom...I class myself. What they have in common is that they think that existence precedes essence, or, if you prefer, that subjectivity must be the turning point."

Jean-Paul Sartre

Born: June 21, 1905

Die: April 15, 1980

Occupation: Philosopher

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As for me, I am mean: that means that I need the suffering of others to exist. A flame. A flame in their hearts. When I am all alone, I am extinguished.

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Naturally, in the course of my life I have made lots of mistakes, large and small, for one reason or another, but at the heart of it all, every time I made a mistake it was because I was not radical enough.

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It is not a matter of indifference whether we like oysters or clams, snails or shrimp, if only we know how to unravel the existential significance of these foods.

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I found the human heart empty and insipid everywhere except in books.

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Man's existence precedes his essence

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I can receive nothing more from these tragic solitudes than a little empty purity.

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It answers the question that was tormenting you: my love, you are not 'one thing in my life' - not even the most important - because my life no longer belongs to me because...you are always me.

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In love, one and one are one.

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I’ve dropped out of their hearts like a little sparrow fallen from its nest. So gather me up, dear, fold me to your heart – and you’ll see how nice I can be.

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We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act.

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I wanted the moments of my life to follow and order themselves like those of a life remembered. You might as well try and catch time by the tail.

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There is a universe behind and before him. And the day is approaching when closing the last book on the last shelf on the far left; he will say to himself, "now what?

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To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June

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

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Consciousness is a being the nature of which is to be conscious of the nothingness of its being.

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I have no religion, but if I were to choose one, it would be that of Shariati's.

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A human being who wakened in the morning with a queesy stomach, with fifteen hours to kill before next bedtime, had not much use for freedom.

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it was odd, he thought, that a man could hate himself as though he were someone else.

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One could only damage oneself through the harm one did to others. One could never get directly at oneself.

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All I want is' - and he uttered the final words through clenched teeth and with a sort of shame - 'to retain my freedom.' I should myself have thought,' said Jacques, 'that freedom consisted in frankly...

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The aim of language...is to communicate...to impart to others the results one has obtained...As I talk, I reveal the situation...I reveal it to myself and to others in order to change it.

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I don't know. Everything. Living. Smoking.

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A kiss without a moustache, they said then, is like an egg without salt; I will add to it: and it is like Good without Evil.

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Man is condemned to be free

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Everything that exists is born for no reason, carries on living through weakness, and dies by accident

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Hell is other people at breakfast.

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Words are more treacherous and powerful than we think.

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Something begins in order to end: an adventure doesn't let itself be extended it achieves significance only through its death.

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God is dead. Let us not understand by this that he does not exist or even that he no longer exists. He is dead. He spoke to us and is silent. We no longer have anything but his cadaver. Perhaps he slipped...

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It is certain that we cannot escape anguish, for we are anguish.

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To believe is to know you believe, and to know you believe is not to believe.

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When I can't see myself in the mirror, I can't even feel myself, and I begin to wonder if I exist at all.

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Better to have beasts that let themselves be killed than men who run away.

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The coward makes himself cowardly, the hero makes himself heroic.

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Love or hatred calls for self-surrender. He cuts a fine figure, the warm-blooded, prosperous man, solidly entrenched in his well-being, who one fine day surrenders all to love—or to hatred; himself,...

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Why do you keep maintaining your ideas are right if you can't prove them?

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To know what life is worth you have to risk it once in a while.

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I am. I am, I exist, I think, therefore I am; I am because I think, why do I think? I don't want to think any more, I am because I think that I don't want to be, I think that I . . . because . . . ugh!

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My eyes feel all soft, all soft as flesh. I'm going to sleep.

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I distrust the incommunicable; it is the source of all violence

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Criticism often takes from the tree caterpillars and blossoms together.

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It is too early to love. We will buy the right to do so by shedding blood.

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If you die, I will lie down beside you and I will stay there until the end, without eating or drinking, you will rot in my arms and I will love you as carcass: for you love nothing if you do not love everything.

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I wanted pure love: foolishness; to love one another is to hate a common enemy: I will thus espouse your hatred. I wanted Good: nonsense; on this earth and in these times, Good and Bad are inseparable:...

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Little flashes of sun on the surface of a cold, dark sea.

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Torture is senseless violence, born in fear... torture costs human lives but does not save them. We would almost be too lucky if these crimes were the work of savages: the truth is that torture makes torturers.

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I want to leave, to go somewhere where I should be really in my place, where I would fit in . . . but my place is nowhere; I am unwanted.

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In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.

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Through the lack of attaching myself to words, my thoughts remain nebulous most of the time. They sketch vague, pleasant shapes and then are swallowed up; I forget them almost immediately.

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Good digestions, the gray monotony of provincial life, and the boredom-ah the soul-destroying boredom-of long days of mild content.

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Life is a useless passion.

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When she is alone in the rooms I hear her humming to keep herself from thinking.

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I construct my memories with my present. I am lost, abandoned in the present. I try in vain to rejoin the past: I cannot escape.

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What never vary are the necessities of being in the world, of having to labor and to die there.

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Words There is no good father, that's the rule. Don't lay the blame on men but on the bond of paternity, which is rotten. To beget children, nothing better; to have them, what iniquity!

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...I had spent my time counterfeiting eternity...

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Genius is what a man invents when he is looking for a way out.

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

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...Uncalled-for aggression arouses the hatred of the civilian population...

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I exist, that is all, and I find it nauseating.

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Things are entirely what they appear to be and behind them... there is nothing.

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All human actions are equivalent... and all are on principle doomed to failure.

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Everything has been figured out, except how to live.

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

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When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.

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Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.

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We must act out passion before we can feel it.

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Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.

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We do not judge the people we love.

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Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.

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Commitment is an act, not a word.

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If I became a philosopher, if I have so keenly sought this fame for which I'm still waiting, it's all been to seduce women basically.

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I hate victims who respect their executioners.

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There are two types of poor people, those who are poor together and those who are poor alone. The first are the true poor, the others are rich people out of luck.

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

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We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are - that is the fact.

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

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Words are loaded pistols.

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As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.

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A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost.

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I do not believe in God; his existence has been disproved by Science. But in the concentration camp, I learned to believe in men.

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She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.

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When rich people fight wars with one another, poor people are the ones to die.

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Ah! yes, I know: those who see me rarely trust my word: I must look too intelligent to keep it.

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Fear? If I have gained anything by damning myself, it is that I no longer have anything to fear.

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Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.

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I am no longer sure of anything. If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them; if I refuse to satisfy them, they infect the whole soul.

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I have no need for good souls: an accomplice is what I wanted.

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Life begins on the other side of despair.

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Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.

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The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best.

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Man is fully responsible for his nature and his choices.

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Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal.

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It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous.

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The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity.

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Every age has its own poetry; in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry.

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Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong.

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It is only in our decisions that we are important.

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One always dies too soon or too late. And yet, life is there, finished: the line is drawn, and it must all be added up. You are nothing other than your life.

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Man is not the sum of what he has already, but rather the sum of what he does not yet have, of what he could have.

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You must be afraid, my son. That is how one becomes an honest citizen.

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Acting is happy agony.

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Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance.

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

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Evil is the product of the ability of humans to make abstract that which is concrete.

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All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.

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Being is. Being is in-itself. Being is what it is.

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Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.

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That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.

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I confused things with their names: that is belief.

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The existentialist says at once that man is anguish.

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God is absence. God is the solitude of man.

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One is still what one is going to cease to be and already what one is going to become. One lives one's death, one dies one's life.

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Existence precedes and rules essence.

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No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.

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Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.

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Who can exhaust a man? Who knows a man's resources?

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For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it.

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I am not virtuous. Our sons will be if we shed enough blood to give them the right to be.

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

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If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble.

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Neither sex, without some fertilization of the complimentary characters of the other, is capable of the highest reaches of human endeavor.

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One cannot become a saint when one works sixteen hours a day.

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What do I care about Jupiter? Justice is a human issue, and I do not need a god to teach it to me.

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To eat is to appropriate by destruction.

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Total war is no longer war waged by all members of one national community against all those of another. It is total... because it may well involve the whole world.

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It is disgusting -- Why must we have bodies?

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Nothingness lies coiled in the heart of being - like a worm.

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Smooth and smiling faces everywhere, but ruin in their eyes.

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Poetry creates the myth, the prose writer draws its portrait.

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I exist. It's sweet, so sweet, so slow. And light: you'd think it floated all by itself. It stirs. It brushes by me, melts and vanishes. Gently, gently. There is bubbling water in my throat, it caresses...

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If you begin by saying, 'Thou shalt not lie,' there is no longer any possibility of political action.

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A writer must refuse to allow himself to be transformed into an institution.

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I am myself and I am here.

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Existence is an imperfection.

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If I relegate impossible Salvation to the prop room, what remains? A whole man, composed of all men and as good as all of them and no better than any.

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This then is the age of reason.

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My thought is me: that is why I cannot stop thinking. I exist because I think I cannot keep from thinking.

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Once we know and are aware, we are responsible for our action and our inaction. We can do something about it or ignore it. Either way, we are still responsible.

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Everything comes to us from others. To Be is to belong to someone.

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I felt myself in a solitude so frightful that I contemplated suicide. What held me back was the idea that no one, absolutely no one, would be moved by my death, that I would be even more alone in death...

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Once liberty has exploded in the soul of a man, the gods can do nothing against that man.

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Several hours or several years make no difference once you have lost eternity.

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Let it crumble! Let the rocks revile me and flowers wilt at my coming. Your whole universe is not enough to prove me wrong. You are the king of gods, king of stones and stars, king of the waves of the...

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Outside nature, against nature, without excuse, beyond remedy, except what remedy I find within myself.

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I am not asking for sensational revelations, but I would like to sense the meaning of that minute, to feel it's urgency...

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I have crossed the seas, I have left cities behind me, and I have followed the source of rivers towards their source or plunged into forests, always making for other cities. I have had women, I have fought...

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Death is a continuation of my life without me...

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So much torture, bloodshed, deceit. You cannot make your young people practice torture twenty-four hours a day and not expect to pay a price for it.

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the worst part about being lied to is knowing you werent worth the truth

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Nothing happens while you live. The scenery changes, people come in and go out, that's all. There are no beginnings. Days are tacked on to days without rhyme or reason, an interminable, monotonous addition.

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A man is always a teller of tales, he lives surrounded by his stories and the stories of others, he sees everything that happens to him through them; and he tries to live his life as if he were recounting...

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I was escaping from Nature and at last becoming myself, that Other whom I was aspiring to be in the eyes of others.

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I must be without remorse or regrets as I am without excuse; for from the instant of my upsurge into being, I carry the weight of the world by myself alone without help, engaged in a world for which I...

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A madman's ravings are absurd in relation to the situation in which he finds himself, but not in relation to his madness.

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Man is nothing else but what he purposes, he exists only in so far as he realizes himself, he is therefore nothing else but the sum of his actions, nothing else but what his life is.

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Il n'y a de réalité que dans l'action. (There is no reality except in action.)

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It is always more valuable to report the truth.

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People who live in society have learnt how to see themselves, in mirrors, as they appear to their friends. I have no friends: is that why my flesh is so naked?

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If you seek authenticity for authenticity's sake you are no longer authentic.

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He loves me, he doesn't love my bowels, if they showed him my appendix in a glass he wouldn't recognize it, he's always feeling me, but if they put the glass in his hands he wouldn't touch it, he wouldn't...

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Jean-Paul Sartre

It is up to you to give life a meaning.

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Man exists, turns up, appears on the scene and only afterwards, defines himself

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Existence is not something which lets itself be thought of form a distance; it must invade you suddenly, master you, weigh heavily on your heart like a great motionless beast - or else there is nothing...

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Jean-Paul Sartre

You see, I'm fond of teasing, it's a second nature with me—and I'm used to teasing myself. Plaguing myself, if you prefer; I don't tease nicely.

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So it comes to this; one doesn’t need rest. Why bother about sleep if one isn’t sleepy? That stands to reason, doesn’t it? Wait a minute, there’s a snag somewhere; something disagreeable. Why,...

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Jean-Paul Sartre

I am going to outlive myself. Eat, sleep, sleep, eat. Exist slowly, softly, like these trees, like a puddle of water, like the red bench in the streetcar.

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In the state I was in, if someone had come and told me I could go home quietly, that they would leave me my life whole, it would have left me cold: several hours or several years of waiting is all the...

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I'm going to smile, and my smile will sink down into your pupils, and heaven knows what it will become.

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I grow warm, I begin to feel happy. There is nothing extraordinary in this, it is a small happiness of Nausea: it spreads at the bottom of the viscous puddle, at the bottom of out time - the time of purple...

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I am alone in this white, garden-rimmed street. Alone and free. But this freedom is rather like death.

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I suppose it is out of laziness that the world is the same day after day. Today it seemed to want to change. And then anything, anything could happen.

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This is what I thought: for the most banal even to become an adventure, you must (and this is enough) begin to recount it. This is what fools people: a man is always a teller of tales, he sees everything...

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It is therefore senseless to think of complaining since nothing foreign has decided what we feel, what we live, or what we are.

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The appearance of the other in the world corresponds therefore to a congealed sliding of the whole universe.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

emotion is first of all and in principle an accident

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Jean-Paul Sartre

your judgement judges you and defines you

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Jean-Paul Sartre

Man is what he wills himself to be.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself.

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Existence is prior to essence.

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I said to myself, 'I want to die decently'.

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Man can will nothing unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself; that he is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite responsibilities, without help, with no other...

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Jean-Paul Sartre

I think that is the big danger in keeping a diary: you exaggerate everything.

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Time is too large, it can't be filled up. Everything you plunge into it is stretched and disintegrates.

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There may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours.

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Ha! to forget. How childish! I feel you in my bones. Your silence screams in my ears. You may nail your mouth shut, you may cut out your tongue, can you keep yourself from existing? Will you stop your...

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Jean-Paul Sartre

I do not think therefore I am a moustache

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Jean-Paul Sartre

Your scare me rather. My reflection in the glass never did that; of course, I knew it so well. Like something I had tamed...I'm going to smile, and my smile will sink down into your pupils, and heaven...

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Jean-Paul Sartre

There were days when you peered into yourself, into the secret places of your heart, and what you saw there made you faint with horror. And then, next day, you didn't know what to make of it,you couldn't...

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Jean-Paul Sartre

Anything, anything would be better than this agony of mind, this creeping pain that gnaws and fumbles and caresses one and never hurts quite enough.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

A pale reflection of myself wavers in my consciousness...and suddenly the “I” pales, pales, and fades out.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

Life has no meaning a priori… It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

You are -- your life, and nothing else.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

Better a good journalist than a poor assassin.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

He was free, free in every way, free to behave like a fool or a machine, free to accept, free to refuse, free to equivocate; to marry, to give up the game, to drag this death weight about with him for...

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Jean-Paul Sartre

But I must finally realize that I am subject to these sudden transformations. The thing is that I rarely think; a crowd of small metamorphoses accumulate in me without my noticing it, and then, one fine...

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Jean-Paul Sartre

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

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Jean-Paul Sartre

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,...

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Jean-Paul Sartre

I know. I know that I shall never again meet anything or anybody who will inspire me with passion. You know, it's quite a job starting to love somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness....

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Jean-Paul Sartre

Our responsibility is much greater than we might have supposed, because it involves all mankind.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

Ah! How I hate the crimes of the new generation: they are dry and sterile as darnel.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

Don't you feel the same way? When I cannot see myself, even though I touch myself, I wonder if I really exist.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

I wanted my own words. But the ones I use have been dragged through I don't know how many consciences.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

Once freedom lights its beacon in man's heart, the gods are powerless against him.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

It's just what people do when they're getting old, when they're sick of themselves and their life; they think of money and take care of themselves.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

The individual's duty is to do what he wants to do, to think whatever he likes, to be accountable to no one but himself, to challenge every idea and every person.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

Perhaps its inevitable, perhaps one has to choose between being nothing at all and impersonating what one is.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

The consciousness that says 'I am' is not the consciousness that thinks.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

Never have I thought that I was the happy possessor of a "talent;" my sole concern has been to save myself by work and faith.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

I exist. It is soft, so soft, so slow. And light: it seems as though it suspends in the air. It moves.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

You must be like me; you must suffer in rhythm.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

She smiled and said with an ecstatic air: "It shines like a little diamond", "What does?" "This moment. It is round, it hangs in empty space like a little diamond; I am eternal.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

I clung to nothing, in a way I was calm. But it was a horrible calm—because of my body; my body, I saw with its eyes, I heard with its ears, but it was no longer me; it sweated and trembled by itself...

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Jean-Paul Sartre

We are our choices.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

What do we mean by saying that existence precedes essence? We mean that man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world-and defines himself afterward.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

That’s what existence means: draining one’s own self dry without the sense of thirst.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

Nothingness haunts Being.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

I am neither virgin nor priest enough to play with the inner life.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

Objects should not touch because they are not alive. You use them, put them back in place, you live among them: they are useful, nothing more. But they touch me, it is unbearable. I am afraid of being...

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Jean-Paul Sartre

An individual chooses and makes himself.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

To think new thoughts you have to break the bones in your head

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Jean-Paul Sartre

I'd come to realize that all our troubles spring from our failure to use plain, clear-cut language.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

A man is involved in life, leaves his impress on it, and outside of that there is nothing.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

My thought is me: that's why I can't stop. I exist because I think… and I can't stop myself from thinking. At this very moment - it's frightful - if I exist, it is because I am horrified at existing....

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Jean-Paul Sartre

The plight of modern man is that he is condemmed to be free.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

He is always becoming, and if it were not for the contingency of death, he would never end.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

She suffers as a miser. She must be miserly with her pleasures, as well. I wonder if sometimes she doesn't wish she were free of this monotonous sorrow, of these mutterings which start as soon as she stops...

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Jean-Paul Sartre

The sun is not ridiculous, quite the contrary. On everything I like, on the rust of the construction girders, on the rotten boards of the fence, a miserly, uncertain light falls, like the look you give,...

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Jean-Paul Sartre

There is no human nature, since there is no god to conceive it.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

I never could bear the idea of anyone's expecting something from me. It always made me want to do just the opposite.

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