Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

Most popular Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

You are your choices.
— Jean-Paul Sartre
Hell is other people.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

other people solitude

Words are loaded pistols.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

words

Man is condemned to be free.

freedom

We do not judge the people we love.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

judging

Existence precedes and rules essence.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

existential

To eat is to appropriate by destruction.

eating

Life begins on the other side of despair.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

despair

God is absence. God is the solitude of man.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

God

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

war

We must act out passion before we can feel it.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

passion

I hate victims who respect their executioners.
— Jean-Paul Sartre
It is only in our decisions that we are important.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

decision-making

A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

attitude

Being is. Being is in—itself. Being is what it is.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

existential

Who can exhaust a man? Who knows a man's resources?
— Jean-Paul Sartre
I confused things with their names: that is belief.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

names

Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

how to live life life

Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.
— Jean-Paul Sartre
The existentialist says at once that man is anguish.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

existential

Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.
— Jean-Paul Sartre
Words are more treacherous and powerful than we think.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

words

Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

rebels

Man is fully responsible for his nature and his choices.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

free will

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

solitude

One cannot become a saint when one works sixteen hours a day.
— Jean-Paul Sartre
I have no need for good souls: an accomplice is what I wanted.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

bad company

No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

existential

A victory described in detail is indistinguishable from a defeat.

victory & defeat

All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

books

I tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist.
— Jean-Paul Sartre
You must be afraid, my son. That is how one becomes an honest citizen.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

fear

Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

existential purpose of life

Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

time

Better to have beasts that let themselves be killed than men who run away.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

courage

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

beliefs

All human actions are equivalent and all are on principle doomed to failure.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

cynical existential

The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

work

The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity.
— Jean-Paul Sartre
If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

defeat

Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.
— Jean-Paul Sartre
If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

literature

Evil is the product of the ability of humans to make abstract that which is concrete.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

evil

As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

potential

Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

politics

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

the human condition

I am not virtuous. Our sons will be if we shed enough blood to give them the right to be.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

virtue

That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

atheist God

Ah! yes, I know: those who see me rarely trust my word: I must look too intelligent to keep it.
— Jean-Paul Sartre
For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

adventure experiences

Fear? If I have gained anything by damning myself, it is that I no longer have anything to fear.
— Jean-Paul Sartre
Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

existential purpose of life

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

God

My thought is me: that is why I cannot stop thinking. I exist because I think I cannot keep from thinking.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

thinking

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

free will

There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

today

I say a murder is abstract. You pull the trigger and after that you do not understand anything that happens.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

murder

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.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

mankind

I do not believe in God; his existence has been disproved by Science. But in the concentration camp, I learned to believe in men.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

God

It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

human nature man the animal

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.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

the self

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.
— Jean-Paul Sartre
Neither sex, without some fertilization of the complimentary characters of the other, is capable of the highest reaches of human endeavor.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

men and women

Neither sex, without some fertilization of the complimentary characters of the other, is capable of the highest reaches of human endeavour.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

men and women

I am no longer sure of anything. If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them; if I refuse to satisfy them, they infect the whole soul.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

desire

One always dies too soon or too late. And yet, life is there, finished: the line is drawn, and it must all be added up. You are nothing other than your life.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

existential

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.
— Jean-Paul Sartre
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.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

geopolitics war

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.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

poetry

Generosity is nothing else than a craze to possess. All which I abandon, all which I give, I enjoy in a higher manner through the fact that I give it away. To give is to enjoy possessively the object which one gives.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

Giving