Jean-Paul Sartre

(21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980 / Paris)

Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''He is dead, and my hatred has died with him.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Electra, before the dead Aegistheus, in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).
  • ''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).
  • ''I have no need for good souls: an accomplice is what I wanted.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Electra to her brother Orestes in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Don't you feel the same way? When I cannot see myself, even though I touch myself, I wonder if I really exist.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Estelle, discovering that there are no mirrors in Hell, in No Exit, act 1, sc. 5, Gallimard (1947).
  • ''One is still what one is going to cease to be and already what one is going to become. One lives one's death, one dies one's life.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French philosopher, author. "The Melodious Child Dead in Me....," bk. 2, Saint Genet: Actor and Martyr (1952, trans. 1963).
  • ''The French bourgeois doesn't dislike shit, provided it is served up to him at the right time.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French philosopher, author. "To Succeed in Being All, Strive to be Nothing in Anything," bk. 2, Saint Genet: Actor and Martyr (1952, trans. 1963).

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