Quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre

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Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (June 21, 1905 April 15, 1980) was a French existentialist philosopher, dramatist, novelist and critic. more

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If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.

Life begins on the other side of despair.
When the rich wage war it is the poor who die.
Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.
Everything comes to us from others. To Be is to belong to someone.
Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
Three o clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.
I hate victims who respect their executioners.
Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.
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.
It is only in our decisions that we are important.
Being is. Being is in-itself. Being is what it is.
Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.
Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance.
We must act out passion before we can feel it.
When you are seventeen you aren’t really serious.
If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble.
I am responsible for everything except for my very responsibility, for I am not the foundation of my being. Therefore everything takes place as if I were compelled to be responsible. I am abandoned in the world... in the sense that I find myself suddenly alone and without help, engaged in a world for which I bear the whole responsibility without being able, whatever I do, to tear myself away from this responsibility for an instant.
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.
The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity.
To eat is to appropriate by destruction.
All human actions are equivalent... and all are on principle doomed to failure.
Imagination is not an empirical or superadded power of consciousness, it is the whole of consciousness as it realizes its freedom.
Our responsibility is much greater than we might have supposed, because it involves all mankind.
One always dies too soon—or too late.
Do not judge the gods, young man, they have painful secrets.