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Published Thursday, June 21, 2012 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jun 21 2012

Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (June 21, 1905 – April 15, 1980) was a French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. (Full Wikipedia article)

A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost.

Anyone, at any time, may equally find himself victim or executioner.

As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.

Do you think that I count the days? There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.

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.

Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.

Hell is other people.

I hate victims who respect their executioners.

I know only one Church: it is the society of men.

I will not be modest. Humble, as much as you like, but not modest. Modesty is the virtue of the lukewarm.

If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat.

If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.

If you begin by saying, “Thou shalt not lie,” there is no longer any possibility of political action.

Intellectuals cannot be good revolutionaries; they are just good enough to be assassins.

It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous

Life begins on the other side of despair.

Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal.

Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.

Night is falling: at dusk, you must have good eyesight to be able to tell the Good Lord from the Devil.

One cannot become a saint when one works sixteen hours a day.

Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong.

The attentive pupil who wishes to be attentive, his eyes riveted on the teacher, his ears open wide, so exhausts himself in playing the attentive role that he ends up by no longer hearing anything.

The more one is absorbed in fighting evil, the less one is tempted to place the good in question.

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

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.

Three a.m. is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.

We are alone, with no excuses. That is the idea I shall try to convey when I say that man is condemned to be free. Condemned, because he did not create himself, yet, in other respects is free; because, once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.

We do not judge the people we love.

We must act out passion before we can feel it.

When the rich make war it's the poor that die.


It was the day after Jean-Paul Sartre died.
(recalling under oath the day in 1980 he first met Mia Farrow) -Woody Allen

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