Jean-Paul Sartre

(21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980 / Paris)

Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

  • ''Man is a useless passion.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French philosopher, author. Being and Nothingness, "Doing and Having," sct. 3 (1943).
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  • ''I do not understand! I understand nothing! I cannot understand nor do I want to understand! I want to believe! To Believe!''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 1, 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).
  • ''Do you think that I count the days? There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 10, sc. 2, Gallimard (1951).
  • ''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).
  • ''Intellectuals cannot be good revolutionaries; they just good enough to be assassins.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 5, sc. 3, Gallimard (1948).
  • ''As for us, my little friend, wee entered [the Communist Party] because we were tired of dying of hunger.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 3, sc. 2, Gallimard (1948).
  • ''It is no longer possible to escape men. Farewell to the monsters, farewell to the saints. Farewell to pride. All that is left is men.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 10, sc. 4, Gallimard (1951).
  • ''I am no longer sure of anything. If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them; if I refuse to satisfy them, they infect the whole soul.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 10, sc. 2, Gallimard (1951).
  • ''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).

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