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Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
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.
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.
We mean that man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world – and defines himself afterwards.
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