Jean-Paul Sartre

(21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980 / Paris)

Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

  • ''Blood doubly unites us, for we share the same blood and we have spilled blood.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Orestes to Electra in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).
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  • ''Now I am weary and I can no longer tell good from Evil, and I need someone to show me the way.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Orestes to his sister Electra in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).
  • ''If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French philosopher, author. Interview, 1960. Quoted in Susan Sontag, introduction to Barthes: Selected Writings, "Writing Itself: On Roland Barthes," (1982).
  • ''If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Archbishop in The Devil and the Good Lord, act 1, Gallimard (1951).
  • ''I will not be modest. Humble, as much as you like, but not modest. Modesty is the virtue of the lukewarm.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 4, sc. 5.
  • ''If you want to deserve Hell, you need only stay in bed. The world is iniquity; if you accept it, you are an accomplice, if you change it you are an executioner.''
    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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