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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.

151 Mind-Blowing Quotes By Jean-Paul Sartre

Famous As: Philosopher
Born On: June 21, 1905
Died On: April 15, 1980
Born In: Paris, France
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.

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

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Do you think that I count the days? There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I'm going to smile, and my smile will sink down into your pupils, and heaven knows what it will become.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Hell is—other people!

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

We are our choices.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

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

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

You are -- your life, and nothing else.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Everything has been figured out, except how to live.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

There may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Words are loaded pistols.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Life begins on the other side of despair.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

She believed in nothing. Only her scepticism kept her from being an atheist.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Like all dreamers I confuse disenchantment with truth.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I want to leave, to go somewhere where I should be really in my place, where I would fit in . . . but my place is nowhere; I am unwanted.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Life has no meaning a priori… It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

In love, one and one are one.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard 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 Charles Aymard Sartre

Smooth and smiling faces everywhere, but ruin in their eyes.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

It is therefore senseless to think of complaining since nothing foreign has decided what we feel, what we live, or what we are.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I am going to outlive myself. Eat, sleep, sleep, eat. Exist slowly, softly, like these trees, like a puddle of water, like the red bench in the streetcar.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I suppose it is out of laziness that the world is the same day after day. Today it seemed to want to change. And then anything, anything could happen.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

It answers the question that was tormenting you: my love, you are not 'one thing in my life' - not even the most important - because my life no longer belongs to me because...you are always me.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Man is what he wills himself to be.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I am. I am, I exist, I think, therefore I am; I am because I think, why do I think? I don't want to think any more, I am because I think that I don't want to be, I think that I . . . because . . . ugh!

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

She smiled and said with an ecstatic air: "It shines like a little diamond", "What does?" "This moment. It is round, it hangs in empty space like a little diamond; I am eternal.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I exist, that is all, and I find it nauseating.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are - that is the fact.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Through the lack of attaching myself to words, my thoughts remain nebulous most of the time. They sketch vague, pleasant shapes and then are swallowed up; I forget them almost immediately.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

You must be like me; you must suffer in rhythm.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Existence is an imperfection.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

There is only one day left, always starting over: It is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Nothing happens while you live. The scenery changes, people come in and go out, that's all. There are no beginnings. Days are tacked on to days without rhyme or reason, an interminable, monotonous addition.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

People who live in society have learnt how to see themselves, in mirrors, as they appear to their friends. I have no friends: is that why my flesh is so naked?

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I had found my religion: nothing seemed more important to me than a book. I saw the library as a temple.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Man is condemned to be free. Condemned because he did not create himself, yet is nevertheless at liberty, and from the moment he is thrown into this world he is responsible for everything he does.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Better a good journalist than a poor assassin.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

The worst part about being lied to is knowing you werent worth the truth

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

One always dies too soon — or too late. And yet one’s whole life is complete at that moment, with a line drawn neatly under it, ready for the summing up. You are — your life, and nothing else.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

As for me, I am mean: that means that I need the suffering of others to exist. A flame. A flame in their hearts. When I am all alone, I am extinguished.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

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

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I found the human heart empty and insipid everywhere except in books.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Being is. Being is in-itself. Being is what it is.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

There is a universe behind and before him. And the day is approaching when closing the last book on the last shelf on the far left; he will say to himself, "now what?

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Little flashes of sun on the surface of a cold, dark sea.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

The individual's duty is to do what he wants to do, to think whatever he likes, to be accountable to no one but himself, to challenge every idea and every person.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

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

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

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

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I exist. It is soft, so soft, so slow. And light: it seems as though it suspends in the air. It moves.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard 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 Charles Aymard Sartre

I said to myself, 'I want to die decently'.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Existence is prior to essence.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Your judgement judges you and defines you

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

It is only in our decisions that we are important.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Perhaps its inevitable, perhaps one has to choose between being nothing at all and impersonating what one is.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I am myself and I am here.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

To think new thoughts you have to break the bones in your head

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I wanted my own words. But the ones I use have been dragged through I don't know how many consciences.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

The aim of language...is to communicate...to impart to others the results one has obtained...As I talk, I reveal the situation...I reveal it to myself and to others in order to change it.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I'd come to realize that all our troubles spring from our failure to use plain, clear-cut language.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

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

Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Life is a useless passion.

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

Anything, anything would be better than this agony of mind, this creeping pain that gnaws and fumbles and caresses one and never hurts quite enough.

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

I’ve dropped out of their hearts like a little sparrow fallen from its nest. So gather me up, dear, fold me to your heart – and you’ll see how nice I can be.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I confused things with their names: that is belief.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

He is always becoming, and if it were not for the contingency of death, he would never end.

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

Fear? If I have gained anything by damning myself, it is that I no longer have anything to fear.

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

Death is a continuation of my life without me...

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

I do not think therefore I am a moustache

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

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

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

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

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

I can receive nothing more from these tragic solitudes than a little empty purity.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

An individual chooses and makes himself.

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

Existence is not something which lets itself be thought of form a distance; it must invade you suddenly, master you, weigh heavily on your heart like a great motionless beast - or else there is nothing at all.

Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre

Once freedom lights its beacon in man's heart, the gods are powerless against him.

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