Jean-Paul Sartre

French writer and existentialist philosopher (1905-1980)

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A writer must refuse to allow himself to be transformed into an institution.
Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance.
Everything has been figured out except how to live.
Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
Existence precedes and rules essence.
Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.
Hell is other people.
I am responsible for everything except for my very responsibility, for I am not the foundation of my being. Therefore everything takes place as if I were compelled to be responsible. I am abandoned in the world... in the sense that I find myself suddenly alone and without help, engaged in a world for which I bear the whole responsibility without being able, whatever I do, to tear myself away from this responsibility for an instant.
If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble.
If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.
In love, one and one are one.
Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
Nothingness lies coiled at the heart of being like a worm
One does not adopt a new idea, one slips into it.
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.
Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.
To believe is to know you believe, and to know you believe is not to believe.
To eat is to appropriate by destruction.
We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are - that is the fact.
We mean that man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world – and defines himself afterwards.
When the rich wage war it's the poor who die.
Words are loaded pistols.

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