Jean-Paul Sartre

(Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre)

Jean-Paul Sartre
Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Born: June 21, 1905
  • Died: April 15, 1980
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Philosopher









Quote Topics Cited
A kiss without a moustache, they said then, is like an egg without salt; I will add to it: and it is like Good without Evil. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
A man who is free is like a mangy sheep in a herd. He will contaminate my entire kingdom and ruin my work. Freedom & Liberty
A writer who takes political, social or literary positions must act only with the means that are his. These means are the written words. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Havana.- If 1959 was the Year of Liberation, 1960 was the Year of the Agrarian Reform. The nation lived days of intense transformations, not only political but, also, in every aspect of social and individual activity of its citizens. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In the France of today, the only class with a doctrine is the working class…. The only one … safeguarding the democratic institutions. Democracies & Republics
Man cannot will unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself; that he is alone. Human Nature
Man is condemned to be free. Freedom & Liberty
Our responsibility is much greater than we might have supposed, because it involves all mankind. Miscellaneous
Some men are born committed to action: they do not have a choice, they have been thrown on a path, at the end of that path, an act awaits them, their act. Leaders & Leadership
The poor don’t know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity. Poverty
When we choose for ourselves, we also choose for others. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
You must be afraid, my son. That is how one becomes an honest citizen. Citizenship & Patriotism
A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost.
Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.
Acting is happy agony.
Ah! yes, I know: those who see me rarely trust my word: I must look too intelligent to keep it. Trust ;Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
All human actions are equivalent and all are on principle doomed to failure. Failure
All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books. Life
As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.
Being is. Being is in-itself. Being is what it is.
Better to have beasts that let themselves be killed than men who run away.
Every age has its own poetry; in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry. History ;Literature, Writers & Writing
Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance.
Everything has been figured out, except how to live. Life
Evil is the product of the ability of humans to make abstract that which is concrete.
Existence precedes and rules essence.
Fear? If I have gained anything by damning myself, it is that I no longer have anything to fear.
For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it.
Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you. Freedom & Liberty
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.
God is absence. God is the solitude of man. Religion & God
Hell is other people.
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.
I am not virtuous. Our sons will be if we shed enough blood to give them the right to be.
I confused things with their names: that is belief.
I do not believe in God; his existence has been disproved by Science. But in the concentration camp, I learned to believe in men. Religion & God ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I hate victims who respect their executioners. Respect
I have no need for good souls: an accomplice is what I wanted.
I say a murder is abstract. You pull the trigger and after that you do not understand anything that happens.
I tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist. Truth ;Religion & God
If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat.
If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble.
If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company.
It is only in our decisions that we are important.
Life begins on the other side of despair. Life
Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal. Life
Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth. Truth
Man is fully responsible for his nature and his choices. Nature
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.
My thought is me: that is why I cannot stop thinking. I exist because I think I cannot keep from thinking.
Neither sex, without some fertilization of the complimentary characters of the other, is capable of the highest reaches of human endeavor.
No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.
Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.
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. Life
One cannot become a saint when one works sixteen hours a day.
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. Life ;Death
Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat. Time ;Leaders & Leadership
Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.
That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget. Religion & God
The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The existentialist says at once that man is anguish.
The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity. Life ;Business, Commerce & Finance
There are two types of poor people, those who are poor together and those who are poor alone. The first are the true poor, the others are rich people out of luck.
There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.
Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.
To eat is to appropriate by destruction.
Total war is no longer war waged by all members of one national community against all those of another. It is total... because it may well involve the whole world. War & Peace
We do not judge the people we love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are - that is the fact.
We must act out passion before we can feel it.
What do I care about Jupiter? Justice is a human issue, and I do not need a god to teach it to me. Religion & God
When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die. War & Peace
Who can exhaust a man? Who knows a man's resources?
Words are loaded pistols.
Words are more treacherous and powerful than we think.