Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes & Wallpapers

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

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

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

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

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

Little flashes of sun on the surface of a cold, dark sea. Jean-Paul Sartre

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

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

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

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

emotion is first of all and in principle an accident Jean-Paul Sartre

For common minds have an ugly ability to perceive in the deepest and richest saying nothing but their own everyday opinion. Jean-Paul Sartre

Philosophy which does not help to illuminate the process of the liberation of the oppressed should be rejected. Jean-Paul Sartre

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

For several years more I maintained public relations with the Almighty. But privately, I ceased to associate with him. Jean-Paul Sartre

If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat. Jean-Paul Sartre

To think new thoughts you have to break the bones in your head Jean-Paul Sartre

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

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

I confused things with their names: that is belief. Jean-Paul Sartre

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

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

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

Poetry creates the myth, the prose writer draws its portrait. Jean-Paul Sartre

It is always more valuable to report the truth. Jean-Paul Sartre

What is not possible is not to choose. Jean-Paul Sartre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hell is other people at breakfast. Jean-Paul Sartre

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

Smooth and smiling faces everywhere, but ruin in their eyes. Jean-Paul Sartre

I am myself and I am here. Jean-Paul Sartre

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

It is certain that we cannot escape anguish, for we are anguish. Jean-Paul Sartre

Better to have beasts that let themselves be killed than men who run away. Jean-Paul Sartre

When one loves animals and children too much, one loves them against human beings. Jean-Paul Sartre

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

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

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

Every word has consequences. Every silence, too. Jean-Paul Sartre

The past is the luxury of proprietors. Jean-Paul Sartre

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

To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June Jean-Paul Sartre

Man is condemned to be free Jean-Paul Sartre

It is up to you to give life a meaning. Jean-Paul Sartre

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

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

To be responsible is to be the uncontested author of an event or thing. Jean-Paul Sartre

Philosophy appears to some people as a homogenous milieu: there thoughts are born and die, there systems are built, and there, in turn, they collapse. Others take Philosophy for a specific attitude which we can freely adopt at will. Still others see it as a determined segment of culture. In our view Philosophy does not exist. Jean-Paul Sartre

Sometimes the truth is too simple for intellectuals. Jean-Paul Sartre

Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself. [It is a matter of choice, not chance.] Such is the first principle of existentialism. Jean-Paul Sartre

When the rich [and politically powerful] make war, it's the poor [and politically weak] who die. Jean-Paul Sartre

What I see is teeming cohesion, contained dispersal.... For him, to sculpt is to take the fat off space. Jean-Paul Sartre

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

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

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

Suppose that I wish to deserve the title of robber of remorse and that I place in myself all repentence? Jean-Paul Sartre

Now I am weary and I can no longer tell good from Evil, and I need someone to show me the way. Jean-Paul Sartre

man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world - and defines himself afterwards. Jean-Paul Sartre

[Refusing the Nobel Prize for Literature:] A writer must refuse, therefore, to allow himself to be transformed into an institution. Jean-Paul Sartre

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

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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