Jean Paul Sartre (Writer)

#1787 Jean Paul Sartre

Each human reality is at the same time a direct project to metamorphose its own For-itself into an In-itself-For-itself, a project of the appropriation of the world as a totality of being-in-itself, in the form of a fundamental quality. Every human reality is a passion in that it projects losing itself so as to found being and by the same stroke to constitute the In-itself which escapes contingency by being its own foundation, the Ens causa sui, which religions call God. Thus the passion of man is the reverse of that of Christ, for man loses himself as man in order that God may be born. But the idea of God is contradictory and we lose ourselves in vain. Man is a useless passion. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about religion
#1788 Jean Paul Sartre

All human activities are equivalent ... and ... all are on principle doomed to failure. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about failure
#1789 Jean Paul Sartre

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

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about world
#1790 Jean Paul Sartre

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. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about meaning
#1791 Jean Paul Sartre

It is certain that we cannot escape anguish, for we are anguish. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about escape
#1792 Jean Paul Sartre

The For-itself, in fact, is nothing but the pure nihilation of the In-itself; it is like a hole of being at the heart of Being. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about art
#1793 Jean Paul Sartre

Man is always separated from what he is by all the breadth of the being which he is not. He makes himself known to himself from the other side of the world and he looks from the horizon toward himself to recover his inner being. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about war
#1794 Jean Paul Sartre

Generally speaking there is no irreducible taste or inclination. They all represent a certain appropriative choice of being. It is up to existential psychoanalysis to compare and classify them. Ontology abandons us here; it has merely enabled us to determine the ultimate ends of human reality, its fundamental possibilities, and the value which haunts it. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about reality
#1795 Jean Paul Sartre

Les mouches (The Flies) .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about lies
#1796 Jean Paul Sartre

But [your crime] will be there, one hundred times denied, always there, dragging itself behind you. Then you will finally know that you have committed your life with one throw of the die, once and for all, and there is nothing you can do but tug our crime along until your death. Such is the law, just and unjust, of repentance. Then we will see what will become of your young pride. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about life
#1797 Jean Paul Sartre

Be quiet! Anyone can spit in my face, and call me a criminal and a prostitute. But no one has the right to judge my remorse. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about right
#1798 Jean Paul Sartre

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

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about fear
#1799 Jean Paul Sartre

Admit it, it is your youth that you regret, more even than your crime; it is my youth you hate, even more than my innocence. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about hate
#1800 Jean Paul Sartre

Some men are born committed to action: they do not have a choice, they have been thrown on a path, at the end of that path, an act awaits them, their act. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about men
#1801 Jean Paul Sartre

They are in bad faith — they are afraid — and fear, bad faith have an aroma that the gods find delicious. Yes, the gods like that, the pitiful souls. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about god
#1802 Jean Paul Sartre

Ah! Do not judge the gods, young man, they have painful secrets. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about god
#1803 Jean Paul Sartre

Yes, I am so free. And what a superb absence is my soul. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about soul
#1804 Jean Paul Sartre

You must be afraid, my son. That is how one becomes an honest citizen. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about zen
#1805 Jean Paul Sartre

Her face seems ravaged by both lightning and hail. But on yours there is something like the promise of a storm: one day passion will burn it to the bone. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about passion
#1806 Jean Paul Sartre

I felt less alone when I didn’t know you yet: I was waiting for the other. I thought only of his strength and never of my weakness. And now here you are, Orestes, it was you. I look at you and I see that we are two orphans. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about strength
#1807 Jean Paul Sartre

A man who is free is like a mangy sheep in a herd. He will contaminate my entire kingdom and ruin my work. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about work
#1808 Jean Paul Sartre

Nicias, do you think you can erase with good deeds the wrongs you committed against your mother? What good deed will ever reach her? Her soul is a scorching noon time, without a single breath of a breeze, nothing moves, nothing changes, nothing lives there; a great emaciated sun, an immobile sun eternally consumes her. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about time
#1809 Jean Paul Sartre

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 Quotes about god
#1810 Jean Paul Sartre

Commoners are weightless. But he was a royal bon vivant who, no matter what, always weighed 125 kilos. I would be very surprised if he didn’t have a few pounds left. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about ya
#1811 Jean Paul Sartre

All-powerful god, who am I but the fear that I inspire in others? .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about god
#1812 Jean Paul Sartre

Blood doubly unites us, for we share the same blood and we have spilled blood. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about blood
#1813 Jean Paul Sartre

Suppose that I wish to deserve the title of “robber of remorse” and that I place in myself all [the townspeople’s] repentence? .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about people
#1814 Jean Paul Sartre

But, if it will help ease your irritated souls, please know, dearly departed, that you have ruined our lives. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about art
#1815 Jean Paul Sartre

It is for the sake of order that I seduced Clytemnestra, for the sake of order that I killed my king. I wanted for order to rule and that it rule through me. I have lived without desire, without love, without hope: I made order. Oh! terrible and divine passion! .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about love
#1816 Jean Paul Sartre

Understand me: I wish to be a man from somewhere, a man among men. You see, a slave, when he passes by, weary and surly, carrying a heavy load, limping along and looking down at his feet, only at his feet to avoid falling down; he is in his town, like a leaf in greenery, like a tree in a forest, argos surrounds him, heavy and warm, full of herself; I want to be that slave, Electra, I want to pull the city around me and to roll myself up in it like a blanket. I will not leave. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about war
#1817 Jean Paul Sartre

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

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about soul
#1818 Jean Paul Sartre

He is dead, and my hatred has died with him. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about hatred
#1819 Jean Paul Sartre

Jupiter: I committed the first crime by creating men as mortals. After that, what more could you do, you the murderers?Aegisteus: Come on; they already had death in them: at most you simply hastened things a little. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about death
#1820 Jean Paul Sartre

Ah! How I hate the crimes of the new generation: they are dry and sterile as darnel. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about hate
#1821 Jean Paul Sartre

The painful secret of gods and kings is that men are free, Aegistheus. You know it and they do not. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about god
#1822 Jean Paul Sartre

Aegistheus, the kings have another secret.... Once liberty has exploded in the soul of a man, the Gods can do nothing against that man. It is a matter for men to handle amongst themselves, and it is up to other men — and to them alone — to let him flee or to destroy him. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about soul
#1823 Jean Paul Sartre

Now I am weary and I can no longer tell good from Evil, and I need someone to show me the way. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about good
#1824 Jean Paul Sartre

Jupiter: I gave you the liberty to serve me.Orestes: That is possible, but it has turned against you and there is nothing either one of us can do about it. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about liberty
#1825 Jean Paul Sartre

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 Quotes about self
#1826 Jean Paul Sartre

Remember, Orestes: you were part of my herd, you grazed in the fields along with my sheep. Your liberty is nothing but a mange eating away at you, it is nothing but an exile. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about art
#1827 Jean Paul Sartre

We were too light, Electra. Now our feet press down in the earth like the wheels of a cart in its groove. Come with me, and we will walk heavily, bending under the weight of our heavy load. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about art
#1828 Jean Paul Sartre

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 Quotes about men
#1829 Jean Paul Sartre

Jupiter: I am not your king, impudent larva? Who then has created you?Orestes: You. But you should not have created me free. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about you
#1830 Jean Paul Sartre

I am a man, Jupiter, and each man must invent his own path. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about man
#1831 Jean Paul Sartre

You are a tiny little girl, Electra. Other little girls dreamed of being the richest or the most beautiful women of all. And you, fascinated by the horrid destiny of your people, you wished to become the most pained and the most criminal ... At your age, children still play with dolls and they play hopscotch. You, poor child, without toys or playmates, you played murder, because it is a game that one can play alone. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about women
#1832 Jean Paul Sartre

A propos de l'existentialisme: Mise au Point (Action, 29 December 1944) .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about existentialism
#1833 Jean Paul Sartre

In a word, man must create his own essence: it is in throwing himself into the world, suffering there, struggling there, that he gradually defines himself. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about world
#1834 Jean Paul Sartre

Man cannot will 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. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about art
#1835 Jean Paul Sartre

With despair, true optimism begins: the optimism of the man who expects nothing, who knows he has no rights and nothing coming to him, who rejoices in counting on himself alone and in acting alone for the good of all. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about self
#1836 Jean Paul Sartre

man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world – and defines himself afterwards. .

Jean Paul Sartre Quotes about war

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