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Quotations From JEAN-PAUL SARTRE

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  • 71.
    Be quiet! Anyone can spit in my face, and call me a criminal and a prostitute. But on one has the right to judge my remorse.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. The Flies, act 1, Gallimard (1947).
  • 72.
    If we must absolutely mention this state of affairs, I suggest that we call ourselves "absent", that is more proper.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Estelle, refusing to use the word "dead", in No Exit, act 1, sc. 5, Gallimard (1947).
  • 73.
    I am a man, Jupiter, and each man must invent his own path.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. The Flies, act 3, Gallimard (1947).
  • 74.
    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 Sartre (1905-1980), French philosopher, author. "Doing and Having," sct. 2, Being and Nothingness (1943, trans. 1965).
  • 75.
    Admit it, it is your youth that you regret, more even than your crime; it is my youth you hate, even more than my innocence
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Electra to her mother Clytemnestra in The Flies, act 1, Gallimard (1947).

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  • 76.
    Fear? If I have gained anything by damning myself, it is that I no longer have anything to fear.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. The Flies, act 1, Gallimard (1947).

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  • 77.
    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 you life.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Inès in No Exit, act 1, sc. 5, Gallimard (1947).

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  • 78.
    We are in hell and I will have my turn!
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Inès warns Garcin and Estelle not to make love in her presence, in No Exit, act 1, sc. 5, Gallimard (1947).
  • 79.
    They are in bad faith—they are afraid—and fear, bad faith have an aroma that the gods find delicious. Yes, the gods like that, the pitiful souls.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Jupiter in The Flies, act 1, Gallimard (1947).

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  • 80.
    You must be afraid, my son. That is how one becomes an honest citizen.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Mother to her young son in The Flies, act 1, Gallimard (1947).

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