Quotations From JEAN-PAUL SARTRE

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  • Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 5, sc. 2, Gallimard (1948).
  • As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 5, sc. 3, Gallimard (1948).
  • Her face seems ravaged by both lightning and hail. But on yours there is something like the promise of a storm: one day passion will burn it to the bone.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. The Flies, act 1, Gallimard (1947). Orestes compares the faces of his mother, Clytemnestra, and his sister, Electra.

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  • I do not give a damn about the dead. They died for the [Communist] Party and the Party can decide what it wants. I practice a live man's politics, for the living.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 5, sc. 3, Gallimard (1948).
  • I can be twenty women, one hundred, if that's what you want, all women. Ride with me behind you, I weigh nothing, your horse will not feel me. I want to be your whorehouse!
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 3, sc. 4, Gallimard (1951).

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  • I say a murder is abstract. You pull the trigger and after that you do not understand anything that happens.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 5, sc.2, Gallimard (1948).

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  • I was not the one to invent lies: they were created in a society divided by class and each of us inherited lies when we were born. It is not by refusing to lie that we will abolish lies: it is by eradicating class by any means necessary.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 5, sc. 3, Gallimard (1948).
  • Yes, Lord, you are innocence itself: how could you conceive of Nothingness, you who are plenitude? Your gaze is light and transforms all into light: how could you know the half-light in my heart?
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 3, sc. 6, Gallimard (1951).

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  • One cannot become a saint when one works sixteen hours a day.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 5, sc. 2, Gallimard (1951).
  • All human actions are equivalent ... and ... all are on principle doomed to failure.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French philosopher, author. "Conclusion," sect. 2, Being and Nothingness (1943, trans. 1965).
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