Jean-Paul Sartre

(21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980 / Paris)

Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''Hell is other people.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French philosopher, author. Garcin, in Huis Clos, sc. 5 (1944).
  • ''I will take it all: tongs, molten lead, prongs, garrotes, all that burns, all that tears, I want to truly suffer. Better one hundred bites, better the whip, vitriol, than this suffering in the head, this ghost of suffering which grazes and caresses and never hurts enough.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Garcin in No Exit, act 1, sc. 5, Gallimard (1947).
  • ''Listen to me: a family man is never a real family man. An assassin is never entirely assassin. They play a role, you understand. While a dead man, he is really dead. To be or not to be, right?''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Hugo in Dirty Hands, act 4, sc. 6, Gallimard (1948).
  • ''The [Communist] Party has one objective: the creation of a socialist economy; and one means: the utilization of the class struggle.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Hugo in Dirty Hands, act 5, sc. 3, Gallimard (1948).
  • ''It is the same thing: killing, dying, it is the same thing: one is just as alone in each. He is luck, he will only die once. As for me, for ten days I have been killing him at every minute.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Hugo to Jessica, on his plans to kill Hoederer, in Dirty Hands, act 5, sc. 2, Gallimard (1948).
  • ''I respect orders but I respect myself too and I do not obey to foolish rules made especially to humiliate me.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Hugo to Slick and Georges in Dirty Hands, act 3 sc. 2, Gallimard (1948).
  • ''As for me, I am mean: that means that I need the suffering of others to exist. A flame. A flame in their hearts. When I am all alone, I am extinguished.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Inès, describing her path to Hell, in No Exit, act 1 sc. 5, Gallimard (1947).
  • ''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).
  • ''Ha! to forget. How childish! I feel you in my bones. Your silence screams in my ears. You may nail your mouth shut, you may cut out your tongue, can you keep yourself from existing? Will you stop your thoughts.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Inès reiterating to Garcin that they cannot ignore one another, in No Exit, act 1., Sc. 5, Gallimard (1947).

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