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Jean-Paul Sartre
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For the artist, the color, the bouquet, the tinkling of the spoon on the saucer, are things in the highest degree. He stops at the quality of the sound or the form. He returns to it constantly and is enchanted with it. Jean-Paul Sartre
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emotion is first of all and in principle an accident Jean-Paul Sartre
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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. Jean-Paul Sartre
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I have nothing but contempt for you idiotic chosen ones who have the heart to rejoice when there are the damned in Hell and the poor on earth; as for me, I am on the side of men and I will not leave it. Jean-Paul Sartre
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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. I am the one who pulls myself from the nothingness to which I aspire. Jean-Paul Sartre
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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 singing, if she doesn't wish to suffer once and for all, to drown herself in despair. In any case, it would be impossible for her: she is bound. Jean-Paul Sartre
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To know what life is worth you have to risk it once in a while. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Little flashes of sun on the surface of a cold, dark sea. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Then I realized what separated us: what I thought about him could not reach him; it was psychology, the kind they write about in books. But his judgment went through me like a sword and questioned my very right to exist. And it was true, I had always realized it; I hadn't the right to exist. I had appeared by chance, I existed like a stone, a plant or a microbe. My life put out feelers towards small pleasures in every direction. Sometimes it sent out vague signals; at other times I felt nothing more than a harmless buzzing. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Nothingness lies coiled in the heart of being - like a worm. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Life is nothing until it is lived; but it is yours to make sense of, and the of it is nothing other than the sense you choose. Jean-Paul Sartre
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To think new thoughts you have to break the bones in your head Jean-Paul Sartre
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As for the square at Meknes, where I used to go every day, it's even simpler: I do not see it at all anymore. All that remains is the vague feeling that it was charming, and these five words that are indivisibly bound together: a charming square at Meknes. ... I don't see anything any more: I can search the past in vain, I can only find these scraps of images and I am not sure what they represent, whether they are memories or just fiction. Jean-Paul Sartre
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If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat. Jean-Paul Sartre
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When rich people fight wars with one another, poor people are the ones to die. Jean-Paul Sartre
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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. Jean-Paul Sartre
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I confused things with their names: that is belief. Jean-Paul Sartre
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I do not give a damn about the dead. They died for the Party and the Party can decide what it wants. I practice a live man's politics, for the living. Jean-Paul Sartre
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For several years more I maintained public relations with the Almighty. But privately, I ceased to associate with him. Jean-Paul Sartre
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For common minds have an ugly ability to perceive in the deepest and richest saying nothing but their own everyday opinion. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Philosophy which does not help to illuminate the process of the liberation of the oppressed should be rejected. Jean-Paul Sartre
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There are two ways of destroying a people. Either condemn them en bloc or force them to repudiate the leaders they adopted. The second is the worse. Jean-Paul Sartre
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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 thoughts. Jean-Paul Sartre
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You are - your life, and nothing else. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Don't you feel the same way? When I cannot see myself, even though I touch myself, I wonder if I really exist. Jean-Paul Sartre
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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. Jean-Paul Sartre
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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: I accept to be evil in order to become good. Jean-Paul Sartre
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To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June Jean-Paul Sartre
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Man is condemned to be free Jean-Paul Sartre
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In order to make myself recognized by the Other, I must risk my own life. To risk one's life, in fact, is to reveal oneself as not-bound to the objective form or to any determined existence - as not-bound to life. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Man is always separated from what he is by all the breadth of the being which he is not. He makes himself known to himself from the other side of the world and he looks from the horizon toward himself to recover his inner being. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Every word has consequences. Every silence, too. Jean-Paul Sartre
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The past is the luxury of proprietors. Jean-Paul Sartre
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You know how much I admire Che Guevara. In fact, I believe that the man was not only an intellectual but also the most complete human being of our age: as a fighter and as a man, as a theoretician who was able to further the cause of revolution by drawing his theories from his personal experience in battle. Jean-Paul Sartre
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It is up to you to give life a meaning. Jean-Paul Sartre
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With despair, true optimism begins: the optimism of the man who expects nothing, who knows he has no rights and nothing coming to him, who rejoices in counting on himself alone and in acting alone for the good of all. Jean-Paul Sartre
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I am a man, Jupiter, and each man must invent his own path. Jean-Paul Sartre
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The painful secret of gods and kings is that men are free, Aegistheus. You know it and they do not. Jean-Paul Sartre
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One could only damage oneself through the harm one did to others. One could never get directly at oneself. Jean-Paul Sartre
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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. Jean-Paul Sartre
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I enjoy feeling fastidious and aloof. I enjoy saying no, always no, and I should be afraid of any attempt to construct a finally habitable world, because I should merely have to say - Yes; and act like other people. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Poetry creates the myth, the prose writer draws its portrait. Jean-Paul Sartre
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It is always more valuable to report the truth. Jean-Paul Sartre
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[M]an is condemned to be free. Condemned, because he did not create himself, in other respect is free; because, once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. The Existentialist does not believe in the power of passion. He will never agree that a sweeping passion is a ravaging torrent which fatally leads a man to certain acts and is therefore an excuse. He thinks that man is responsible for his passion. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Smooth and smiling faces everywhere, but ruin in their eyes. Jean-Paul Sartre
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I am myself and I am here. Jean-Paul Sartre
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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... Jean-Paul Sartre
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In love, one and one are one. Jean-Paul Sartre
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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? Jean-Paul Sartre
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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 confronting situations into which one had deliberately entered, and accepting all one's responsibilities. But that, no doubt, is not your view. Jean-Paul Sartre
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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. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Understand me: I wish to be a man from somewhere, a man among men. You see, a slave, when he passes by, weary and surly, carrying a heavy load, limping along and looking down at his feet, only at his feet to avoid falling down; he is in his town, like a leaf in greenery, like a tree in a forest, argos surrounds him, heavy and warm, full of herself; I want to be that slave, Electra, I want to pull the city around me and to roll myself up in it like a blanket. I will not leave. Jean-Paul Sartre
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L'homme est une passion inutile. Man is a useless passion. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Either the USSR was not the country of socialism, in which case socialism didn't exist anywhere and doubtless, wasn't possible: or else, socialism was that, this abominable monster, this police state, the power of beasts of prey Jean-Paul Sartre
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Il n'y a pas d'autre univers qu'un univers humain, l'univers de la subjectivite humaine. There is no other universe except the human universe, the universe of human subjectivity. Jean-Paul Sartre
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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 suspenders, and broken chair seats; it is made of white, soft instants, spreading at the edge, like an oil stain. No sooner than born, it is already old, it seems as though I have known it for twenty years. Jean-Paul Sartre
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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 that happens to him through them; and he tries to live his own life as if he were telling a story. But you have to choose: live or tell. Jean-Paul Sartre
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One can ask why the I has to appear in the cogito {Descartes" argument "I think therefore I am.}, since the cogito, if used rightly, is the awareness of pure consciousness, not directed at any fact or action. In fact the I is not necessary here, since it is never united directly to consciousness. One can even imagine a pure and self-aware consciousness which thinks of itself as impersonal spontaneity. Jean-Paul Sartre
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[Refusing the Nobel Prize for Literature:] A writer must refuse, therefore, to allow himself to be transformed into an institution. Jean-Paul Sartre
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What I see is teeming cohesion, contained dispersal... For him, to sculpt is to take the fat off space. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Everything has been figured out, except how to live. Jean-Paul Sartre
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We do not judge the people we love. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Commitment is an act, not a word. Jean-Paul Sartre
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The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity. Jean-Paul Sartre
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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. Jean-Paul Sartre
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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. Jean-Paul Sartre
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What I see is teeming cohesion, contained dispersal.... For him, to sculpt is to take the fat off space. Jean-Paul Sartre
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In order to make myself recognized by the Other, I must risk my own life. To risk one's life, in fact, is to reveal oneself as not-bound to the objective form or to any determined existence - as not-bound to life. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Admit it, it is your youth that you regret, more even than your crime; it is my youth you hate, even more than my innocence. Jean-Paul Sartre
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They are in bad faith - they are afraid - and fear, bad faith have an aroma that the gods find delicious. Yes, the gods like that, the pitiful souls. Jean-Paul Sartre
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