Jean-Paul Sartre

(21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980 / Paris)

Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

  • ''It is better; heavier, crueler. The mouth you wear for hell.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Inès to Estelle after she has applied lipstick, in No Exit, act 1, sc. 5, Gallimard (1947).
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  • ''[We are] among murderers. We are in hell, my dear, there is never a mistake and people are not damned for nothing.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Inès, to Garcin and Estelle in No Exit, act 1, sc. 5, Gallimard (1947).
  • ''We are in hell and I will have my turn!''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Inès warns Garcin and Estelle not to make love in her presence, in No Exit, act 1, sc. 5, Gallimard (1947).
  • ''In any case, if you ever leave me with a handsome man, do not tell me that you trust me because, let me warn you: that is not what will prevent me from deceiving you, if I want to. On the contrary.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Jessica to her husband Hugo in Dirty Hands, act 3, sc. 5, Gallimard (1948).
  • ''It is the good children, Madame, who make the most terrible revolutionaries. They say nothing, they do not hide under the table, they eat only one sweet at a time, but later on, they make Society pay dearly for it!''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Jessica to Hugo in Dirty Hands, act 3 sc. 1, Gallimard (1948).
  • ''Remember, Orestes: you were part of my herd, you grazed in the fields along with my sheep. Your liberty is nothing but a mange eating away at you, it is nothing but an exile.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Jupiter in The Flies, act 3, Gallimard (1947).
  • ''The painful secret of gods and kings is that men are free, Aegistheus. You know it and they do not.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Jupiter in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).
  • ''Ah! Do not judge the gods, young man, they have painful secrets.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Jupiter in The Flies, act 1, Gallimard (1947).
  • ''They are in bad faith—they are afraid—and fear, bad faith have an aroma that the gods find delicious. Yes, the gods like that, the pitiful souls.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Jupiter in The Flies, act 1, Gallimard (1947).
  • ''I committed the first crime by creating men as mortals. After that, what more could you do, you the murderers? Come on; they already had death in them: at most you simply hastened things a little.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Jupiter to Aegistheus in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).

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