Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

If you're lonely when you're alone, you're in bad company.--Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905–1980) was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism, a French playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary critic.

His work has influenced sociology, critical theory, post-colonial theory, and literary studies, and continues to do so.

He was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature despite attempting to refuse it, saying that he always declined official honors and that a writer should not allow himself to be turned into an institution.

Here is A selection of some of Jean Paul Sartre most famous quotes. Jean Paul Sartre Quotes On Love, Life and Freedom. Quotes about Existentialism, Religion and Marriage by Jean-Paul Sartre.



Top 20 Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.

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If you're lonely when you're alone, you're in bad company.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Hell is other people.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Do you think that I count the days? There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.

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Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.

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I'm going to smile, and my smile will sink down into your pupils, and heaven knows what it will become.

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It is up to you to give life a meaning.

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Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.

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We are our choices.

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When the rich wage war it's the poor who die.

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Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees.

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There may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Life begins on the other side of despair.

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You are your life, and nothing else.

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She believed in nothing. Only her scepticism kept her from being an atheist.

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Everything has been figured out, except how to live.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Like all dreamers I confuse disenchantment with truth.

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I want to leave, to go somewhere where I should be really in my place, where I would fit in... but my place is nowhere; I am unwanted.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Words are loaded pistols.

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All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.

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Jean-Paul Sartre Famous Quotes and Sayings

I am alone in the midst of these happy, reasonable voices. All these creatures spend their time explaining, realizing happily that they agree with each other. In Heaven's name, why is it so important to think the same things all together.

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Life has no meaning a priori… It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose.

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I am going to outlive myself. Eat, sleep, sleep, eat. Exist slowly, softly, like these trees, like a puddle of water, like the red bench in the streetcar.

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It's quite an undertaking to start loving somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness. There is even a moment right at the start where you have to jump across an abyss: if you think about it you don't do it.

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The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

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In love, one and one are one.

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Smooth and smiling faces everywhere, but ruin in their eyes.

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My thought is me: that's why I can't stop. I exist because I think… and I can't stop myself from thinking. At this very moment - it's frightful - if I exist, it is because I am horrified at existing. I am the one who pulls myself from the nothingness to which I aspire.

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It is therefore senseless to think of complaining since nothing foreign has decided what we feel, what we live, or what we are.

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So this is hell. I'd never have believed it. You remember all we were told about the torture-chambers, the fire and brimstone, the "burning marl." Old wives' tales! There's no need for red-hot pokers. Hell is -other people!

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I am. I am, I exist, I think, therefore I am; I am because I think, why do I think? I don't want to think any more, I am because I think that I don't want to be, I think that I... because... ugh!

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Man can will nothing unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself; that he is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite responsibilities, without help, with no other aim than the one he sets himself, with no other destiny than the one he forges for himself on this earth.

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Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself.

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I exist, that is all, and I find it nauseating.

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I suppose it is out of laziness that the world is the same day after day. Today it seemed to want to change. And then anything, anything could happen.

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He was free, free in every way, free to behave like a fool or a machine, free to accept, free to refuse, free to equivocate; to marry, to give up the game, to drag this death weight about with him for years to come. He could do what he liked, no one had the right to advise him, there would be for him no Good or Evil unless he thought them into being.

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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.

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I felt myself in a solitude so frightful that I contemplated suicide. What held me back was the idea that no one, absolutely no one, would be moved by my death, that I would be even more alone in death than in life.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

the worst part about being lied to is knowing you werent worth the truth.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

It answers the question that was tormenting you: my love, you are not 'one thing in my life' - not even the most important - because my life no longer belongs to me because...you are always me.

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I had found my religion: nothing seemed more important to me than a book. I saw the library as a temple.

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You must be like me; you must suffer in rhythm.

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Through the lack of attaching myself to words, my thoughts remain nebulous most of the time. They sketch vague, pleasant shapes and then are swallowed up; I forget them almost immediately.

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Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.

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People who live in society have learnt how to see themselves, in mirrors, as they appear to their friends. I have no friends: is that why my flesh is so naked?

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Man is what he wills himself to be.

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We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are - that is the fact.

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Nothing happens while you live. The scenery changes, people come in and go out, that's all. There are no beginnings. Days are tacked on to days without rhyme or reason, an interminable, monotonous addition.

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Every word has consequences. Every silence, too.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

I never could bear the idea of anyone's expecting something from me. It always made me want to do just the opposite.

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Existence is an imperfection.

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That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.

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To know what life is worth you have to risk it once in a while.

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Better a good journalist than a poor assassin.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

There is only one day left, always starting over: It is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.

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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.

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I exist. It is soft, so soft, so slow. And light: it seems as though it suspends in the air. It moves.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Little flashes of sun on the surface of a cold, dark sea.

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Man is condemned to be free. Condemned because he did not create himself, yet is nevertheless at liberty, and from the moment he is thrown into this world he is responsible for everything he does.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

One always dies too soon - or too late. And yet one’s whole life is complete at that moment, with a line drawn neatly under it, ready for the summing up. You are - your life, and nothing else.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

I think that is the big danger in keeping a diary: you exaggerate everything.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Nothingness lies coiled in the heart of being - like a worm.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

I found the human heart empty and insipid everywhere except in books

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Anything, anything would be better than this agony of mind, this creeping pain that gnaws and fumbles and caresses one and never hurts quite enough.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Life has no meaning, the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal.

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The individual's duty is to do what he wants to do, to think whatever he likes, to be accountable to no one but himself, to challenge every idea and every person.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

I'd come to realize that all our troubles spring from our failure to use plain, clear-cut language.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance.

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Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.

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Life is a useless passion.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

I do not think, therefore I am a moustache.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

There is a universe behind and before him. And the day is approaching when closing the last book on the last shelf on the far left; he will say to himself, "now what?"

一Jean-Paul Sartre

your judgement judges you and defines you.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

I wanted my own words. But the ones I use have been dragged through I don't know how many consciences.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Being is. Being is in-itself. Being is what it is.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Perhaps its inevitable, perhaps one has to choose between being nothing at all and impersonating what one is.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

It is only in our decisions that we are important.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

To think new thoughts you have to break the bones in your head.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

He is always becoming, and if it were not for the contingency of death, he would never end.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

I am myself and I am here.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Existence is prior to essence. Death is a continuation of my life without me...

一Jean-Paul Sartre

I confused things with their names: that is belief.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

I've dropped out of their hearts like a little sparrow fallen from its nest. So gather me up, dear, fold me to your heart – and you'll see how nice I can be.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Nothingness haunts Being.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Fear? If I have gained anything by damning myself, it is that I no longer have anything to fear.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Man is nothing else but what he purposes, he exists only in so far as he realizes himself, he is therefore nothing else but the sum of his actions, nothing else but what his life is.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

A pale reflection of myself wavers in my consciousness... and suddenly the "I" pales, pales, and fades out.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

There is no reality except in action. Man is nothing else than his plan; he exists only to the extent that he fulfills himself; he is therefore nothing else than the ensemble of his acts, nothing else than his life.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

What do we mean by saying that existence precedes essence? We mean that man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world-and defines himself afterward.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

One could only damage oneself through the harm one did to others. One could never get directly at oneself.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

The consciousness that says "I am" is not the consciousness that thinks.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

People are like dice. We throw ourselves in the direction of our own choosing.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

A madman's ravings are absurd in relation to the situation in which he finds himself, but not in relation to his madness.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

An individual chooses and makes himself.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

What is important is not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

All men are Prophets or else God does not exist.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

It is disgusting - Why must we have bodies?

一Jean-Paul Sartre

If I became a philosopher, if I have so keenly sought this fame for which I'm still waiting, it's all been to seduce women basically.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

I can receive nothing more from these tragic solitudes than a little empty purity.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

It's strange. I felt less lonely when I didn't know you.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

The Nausea has not left me and I don't believe it will leave me so soon; but I no longer have to bear it, it is no longer an illness or a passing fit: it is I.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Once freedom lights its beacon in man's heart, the gods are powerless against him.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Man is not the sum of what he has already, but rather the sum of what he does not yet have, of what he could have.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Commitment is an act, not a word.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

I think of death only with tranquility, as an end. I refuse to let death hamper life. Death must enter life only to define it.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

We do not judge the people we love.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

What is life but an unpleasant interruption to a peaceful nonexistence.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Everything has been figured out, except how to live.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Sometimes the truth is too simple for intellectuals.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

In life man commits himself and draws his own portrait, outside of which there is nothing. No doubt this thought may seem harsh to someone who has not made a success of his life. But on the other hand, it helps people to understand that reality alone counts, and that dreams, expectations and hopes only serve to define a man as a broken dream, aborted hopes, and futile expectations.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Words are more treacherous and powerful than we think.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are - that is the fact.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Imagination is not an empirical or superadded power of consciousness, it is the whole of consciousness as it realizes its freedom.

一Jean-Paul Sartre

Evil is the product of the ability of humans to make abstract that which is concrete.

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