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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Jean-Paul Sartre on love, existentialism, reason, sayings, nothingness, weakness, existing, chance, meaning and death.

52 Mind-Blowing Quotes By Jean-Paul Sartre

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Born On: June 21, 1905

Died On: April 15, 1980

Died At Age: 74

Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre, more famously known as  Jean-Paul Sartre, was an illustrious French philosopher, literary critic, playwright, political activist, and novelist. He played a prominent role in the philosophy of phenomenology and existentialism. He was also considered to be a dominant figure in 20th-century French Marxism and philosophy. His writings, thoughts and works also included critical theory, literary studies, post-colonial theory and sociology. In 1964, he was honoured with the ‘Nobel Prize in Literature,’ but he refused to accept it. We have compiled some famous, notable, interesting, powerful, and thought-provoking quotes and sayings by Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre which have been excerpted from the vast sea of his works, thoughts, short-stories, books, screenplays, plays, critical essays, philosophic essays, other writings and life. Zoom through the quotes and thoughts by Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre which are quoted widely.

I am not virtuous. Our sons will be if we shed enough blood to give them the right to be.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

To eat is to appropriate by destruction.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Better to have beasts that let themselves be killed than men who run away.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

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 Charles Aymard Sartre

My thought is me: that is why I cannot stop thinking. I exist because I think I cannot keep from thinking.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Acting is happy agony.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Who can exhaust a man? Who knows a man's resources?

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

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.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I say a murder is abstract. You pull the trigger and after that you do not understand anything that happens.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

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.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Neither sex, without some fertilization of the complimentary characters of the other, is capable of the highest reaches of human endeavor.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

The existentialist says at once that man is anguish.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

One cannot become a saint when one works sixteen hours a day.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Evil is the product of the ability of humans to make abstract that which is concrete.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I hate victims who respect their executioners.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Existence precedes and rules essence.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

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.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

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.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

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

Jean Paul Charles Aymard 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 Charles Aymard Sartre

I have no need for good souls: an accomplice is what I wanted.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

You must be afraid, my son. That is how one becomes an honest citizen.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

All human actions are equivalent and all are on principle doomed to failure.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

God is absence. God is the solitude of man.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I do not believe in God; his existence has been disproved by Science. But in the concentration camp, I learned to believe in men.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Ah! yes, I know: those who see me rarely trust my word: I must look too intelligent to keep it.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

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.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

We do not judge the people we love.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Words are more treacherous and powerful than we think.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

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.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Hell is other people.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Man is fully responsible for his nature and his choices.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

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

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

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

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Commitment is an act, not a word.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre