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Jean-Paul Sartre

(21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980 / Paris)

Quotations

  • ''God is the solitude of men. There was only me: I alone decided to commit Evil; alone, I invented Good. I am the one who cheated, I am the one who performed miracles, I am the one accusing myself today, I alone can absolve myself; me, the man.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 10, sc. 4, Gallimard (1951).
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  • ''Night is falling: at dusk, you must have good eyesight to be able to tell the Good Lord from the Devil.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 10, sc. 2, Gallimard (1951).
  • ''I am not virtuous. Our sons will be if we shed enough blood to give them the right to be.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 3, sc. 5, Gallimard (1951).
  • ''You see,I divide men into three categories: those who have a lot of money, those who have none at all and those who have a little. The first want to keep what they have: their interest is to maintain order; the second want to take what they do not have: their interest is to destroy the existing order and to establish one which is profitable to them. They each are realist, people with whom one can agree. The third group want to overthrow the social order to take what they do not have, while still preserving it so that no one takes away what they have. Thus, they preserve in fact what they destroy in theory, or they destroy in fact what they seem to preserve. Those are the idealists.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 3, sc. 3, Gallimard (1951).
  • ''It is too early to love. We will by the right to do so by shedding blood.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher,political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 1, Gallimard (1951).
  • ''Your church is a whore: she sells her favors to the rich.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 1, Gallimard (1951).
  • ''I know only one Church: it is the society of men.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist,philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 1, Gallimard (1951).
  • ''Nicias, do you think you can erase with good deeds the wrongs you committed against your mother? What good deed will ever reach her? Her soul is a scorching noon time, without a single breath of a breeze, nothing moves, nothing changes, nothing lives there; a great emaciated sun, an immobile sun eternally consumes her.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Aegistheus in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).
  • ''Better to have beasts that let themselves be killed than men who run away.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist,philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 11, sc. 1, Gallimard (1951).
  • ''But, if it will help ease your irritated souls, please know, dearly departed,that you have ruined our lives.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Aegistheus in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).

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