Jean-Paul Sartre

(21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980 / Paris)

Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

  • ''The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 6, sc. 2, Gallimard (1948). Hoederer.
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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''I know nothing, I am neither woman nor girl; I have been living in a dream and when someone kissed me, it made me want to laugh. Now I am here before you, it seems as though I have just awakened and it is morning.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political scientist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 6, 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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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.
  • ''To eat is to appropriate by destruction.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French philosopher, author. "Doing and Having," sct. 3, Being and Nothingness (1943, trans. 1965).

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