Jean-Paul Sartre

(21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980 / Paris)

Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

  • ''Absurd, irreducible; nothing—not even a profound and secret delirium of nature—could explain [a tree root].''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Nausea, p. 164, Gallimard (1938).
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  • ''For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Nausea, p. 57, Gallimard (1938).
  • ''As if there could be true stories: things happen in one way, and we retell them in the opposite way.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Nausea, p. 58, Gallimard (1938).
  • ''I construct my memories with my present. I am lost, abandoned in the present. I try in vain to rejoin the past: I cannot escape.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Nausea, p. 50, Gallimard (1938).
  • ''You have stolen my face from me: you know it and I no longer do.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. No Exit, act 1, sc. 5, Gallimard (1947).
  • ''Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French philosopher, author. "On the Execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg," Libération (Paris, June 22, 1953).
  • ''What do I care about Jupiter? Justice is a human issue, and I do not need a god to teach it to me.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Orestes in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).
  • ''Your entire universe will not be enough to make me guilty. You are the king of the Gods, Jupiter, the king of the stones and of the stars, the king of the waves of the sea. But you are not the king of men.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Orestes in The Flies, act 3, Gallimard (1947).
  • ''Yes, I am so free. And what a superb absence is my soul.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Orestes in The Flies, act 1, Gallimard (1947).
  • ''I came to claim my kingdom and you refused me because I was not one of you. Now I am one of you, my subjects, we are bound by blood, and I deserve to be your king. Your sins and your remorse, your mighty anguish, I take all upon myself. Fear your dead no more, they are my dead.''
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Orestes in The Flies, act 3, Gallimard (1947).

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