Jean-Paul Sartre
Quotations


What then did you expect when you unbound the gag that muted those black mouths? That they would chant your praises? Did you think that when those heads that our fathers had forcibly bowed down to the ground were raised again, you would find adoration in their eyes?

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.

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

To eat is to appropriate by destruction.

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.

Man is a useless passion.

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

Hell is other people.

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.

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.

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



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