Famous Quotes By Jean-Paul Sartre


  1. Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.
  2. Ah! yes, I know: those who see me rarely trust my word: I must look too intelligent to keep it.
  3. All human actions are equivalent and all are on principle doomed to failure.
  4. As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.
  5. 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.
  6. Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
  7. Fear? If I have gained anything by damning myself, it is that I no longer have anything to fear.
  8. Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.
  9. God is absence. God is the solitude of man.
  10. I do not believe in God his existence has been disproved by Science. But in the concentration camp, I learned to believe in men.
  11. I hate victims who respect their executioners.
  12. I tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist.
  13. 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.
  14. If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company.
  15. It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous.
  16. Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.
  17. Man is fully responsible for his nature and his choices.
  18. One is still what one is going to cease to be and already what one is going to become. One lives one's death, one dies one's life.
  19. Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.
  20. Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong.
  21. That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.
  22. The best work is not what is most difficult for you it is what you do best.
  23. The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. We do not judge the people we love.
  27. What do I care about Jupiter? Justice is a human issue, and I do not need a god to teach it to me.
  28. When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.



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