Quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre

Hell is other people.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Acting is happy agony.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Words are loaded pistols.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
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Commitment is an act, not a word.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
We do not judge the people we love.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Existence precedes and rules essence.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
To eat is to appropriate by destruction.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Life begins on the other side of despair.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
God is absence. God is the solitude of man.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
We must act out passion before we can feel it.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
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I hate victims who respect their executioners.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Being is. Being is in-itself. Being is what it is.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
It is only in our decisions that we are important.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
I confused things with their names: that is belief.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
The existentialist says at once that man is anguish.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Words are more treacherous and powerful than we think.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Man is fully responsible for his nature and his choices.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Who can exhaust a man? Who knows a man's resources?
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
One cannot become a saint when one works sixteen hours a day.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
I have no need for good souls: an accomplice is what I wanted.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
I tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
You must be afraid, my son. That is how one becomes an honest citizen.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Better to have beasts that let themselves be killed than men who run away.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
All human actions are equivalent and all are on principle doomed to failure.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
When rich people fight wars with one another, poor people are the ones to die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Evil is the product of the ability of humans to make abstract that which is concrete.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
I am not virtuous. Our sons will be if we shed enough blood to give them the right to be.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are - that is the fact.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Ah! yes, I know: those who see me rarely trust my word: I must look too intelligent to keep it.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Fear? If I have gained anything by damning myself, it is that I no longer have anything to fear.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
What do I care about Jupiter? Justice is a human issue, and I do not need a god to teach it to me.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
My thought is me: that is why I cannot stop thinking. I exist because I think I cannot keep from thinking.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
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
Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
I say a murder is abstract. You pull the trigger and after that you do not understand anything that happens.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
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.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
I do not believe in God; his existence has been disproved by Science. But in the concentration camp, I learned to believe in men.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Neither sex, without some fertilization of the complimentary characters of the other, is capable of the highest reaches of human endeavor.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
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.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
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.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
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.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
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.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
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.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
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.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
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.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Generosity is nothing else than a craze to possess. All which I abandon, all which I give, I enjoy in a higher manner through the fact that I give it away. To give is to enjoy possessively the object which one gives.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

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