Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980) was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism.

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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.

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

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.

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.

Hell is other people.

Commitment is an act not a word.

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

Acting is happy agony.

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

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.

We must act out passion before we can feel it.

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

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

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

It is only in our decisions that we are important.

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

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

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

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

No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.

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