Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980) was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism.

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

God is absence. God is the solitude of man.

Ah! yes I know: those who see me rarely trust my word: I must look too intelligent to keep it.

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

I confused things with their names: that is belief.

Life begins on the other side of despair.

I hate victims who respect their executioners.

For an occurrence to become an adventure it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it.

Man is fully responsible for his nature and his choices.

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

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

Every age has its own poetry, in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry.

Total war is no longer war waged by all members of one national community against all those of another. It is total... because it may well involve the whole world.

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

One cannot become a saint when one works sixteen hours a day.

I have no need for good souls: an accomplice is what I wanted.

There are two types of poor people those who are poor together and those who are poor alone. The first are the true poor the others are rich people out of luck.

Everything has been figured out except how to live.

If literature isn't everything it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble.

Better to have beasts that let themselves be killed than men who run away.

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