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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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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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emotion is first of all and in principle an accident 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat. 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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It is certain that we cannot escape anguish, for we are anguish. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Better to have beasts that let themselves be killed than men who run away. Jean-Paul Sartre
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When one loves animals and children too much, one loves them against human beings. Jean-Paul Sartre
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If a Jew is fascinated by Christians it is not because of their virtues, which he values little, but because they represent anonymity, humanity without race. Jean-Paul Sartre
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It is up to you to give life a meaning. Jean-Paul Sartre
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We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us. Jean-Paul Sartre
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I never could bear the idea of anyone's expecting something from me. It always made me want to do just the opposite. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Hell is other people at breakfast. Jean-Paul Sartre
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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. Jean-Paul Sartre
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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. 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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You are - your life, and nothing else. Jean-Paul Sartre
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In love, one and one are one. 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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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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We will freedom for freedom's sake, in and through particular circumstances. And in thus willing freedom, we discover that it depends entirely upon the freedom of others and that the freedom of others depends upon our own. Obviously, freedom as the definition of a man does not depend upon others, but as soon as there is a commitment, I am obliged to will the liberty of others at the same time as my own. I cannot make liberty my aim unless I make that of others equally my aim. Jean-Paul Sartre
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Lord, you have cursed Cain and Cain's children: thy will be done. You have allowed men's hearts to be corrupted, that their intentions be rotten, that their actions putrefy and stink: thy will be done. Jean-Paul Sartre
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What is not possible is not to choose. Jean-Paul Sartre
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To whomever gives a kiss or a blow Render a kiss or blow But to whomever gives when you are unable to return Offer all the hatred in your heart For you were slaves and he enslaves you 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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