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quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: If you want to deserve Hell, you need only stay in bed. The world is iniquity; if you accept it, you are an accomplice, if you change it you are an executioner. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

If you want to deserve Hell, you need only stay in bed. The world is iniquity; if you accept it, you are an accomplice, if you change it you are an executioner.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: There is no human nature, since there is no god to conceive it. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

There is no human nature, since there is no god to conceive it.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: People are like dice. We throw ourselves in the direction of our own choosing. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

People are like dice. We throw ourselves in the direction of our own choosing.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: It is certain that we cannot escape anguish, for we are anguish. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

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

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Our responsibility is much greater than we might have supposed, because it involves all mankind. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Our responsibility is much greater than we might have supposed, because it involves all mankind.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Death is a continuation of my life without me. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Death is a continuation of my life without me.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Nothingness haunts Being. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Nothingness haunts Being.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: The more one is absorbed in fighting evil, the less one is tempted to place the good in question. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

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

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: In love, one and one are one. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

In love, one and one are one.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: I said to myself, 'I want to die decently.' with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

I said to myself, 'I want to die decently.'

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: What I lacked in La Nausee was a sense of reality. I have changed since. I have slowly learned to experience reality. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

What I lacked in La Nausee was a sense of reality. I have changed since. I have slowly learned to experience reality.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: I have changed as everyone changes: within a permanency. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

I have changed as everyone changes: within a permanency.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: To keep hope alive one must, in spite of all mistakes, horrors, and crimes, recognize the obvious superiority of the socialist camp. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

To keep hope alive one must, in spite of all mistakes, horrors, and crimes, recognize the obvious superiority of the socialist camp.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: For the time being I have seen enough of living things, of dogs, of men, of all flabby masses which move spontaneously. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

For the time being I have seen enough of living things, of dogs, of men, of all flabby masses which move spontaneously.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Some of these days, Oh, you'll miss me honey. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Some of these days, Oh, you'll miss me honey.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: As long as the writer cannot write for the two billion men who are hungry, he will be oppressed by a feeling of malaise. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

As long as the writer cannot write for the two billion men who are hungry, he will be oppressed by a feeling of malaise.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Everything in my past, in my training, everything that has been most essential in my activity up to now has made me above all a man who writes, and it is too late for that to change. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Everything in my past, in my training, everything that has been most essential in my activity up to now has made me above all a man who writes, and it is too late for that to change.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Farewell, beautiful 
lilies, elegant in your painted little sanctuaries, good-bye, lovely lilies, our pride and reason for 
existing, good-bye you bastards! with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Farewell, beautiful
lilies, elegant in your painted little sanctuaries, good-bye, lovely lilies, our pride and reason for
existing, good-bye you bastards!

--Jean-Paul Sartre

quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: He takes a few dazed steps, the waiters turn out the lights and he slips into unconsciousness: when this man is lonely he sleeps. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

He takes a few dazed steps, the waiters turn out the lights and he slips into unconsciousness: when this man is lonely he sleeps.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Perhaps it was a passing moment of madness after all. There is no trace of it any more. My odd feelings of the other week seem to me quite ridiculous today: I can no longer enter into them. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Perhaps it was a passing moment of madness after all. There is no trace of it any more. My odd feelings of the other week seem to me quite ridiculous today: I can no longer enter into them.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: You exaggerate everything. You continually force the truth because you're always looking for something. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

You exaggerate everything. You continually force the truth because you're always looking for something.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: The Nausea has not left me and I don't believe it will leave me so soon; but I no longer have to bear it, it is no longer an illness or a passing fit: it is I. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

The Nausea has not left me and I don't believe it will leave me so soon; but I no longer have to bear it, it is no longer an illness or a passing fit: it is I.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: My existence began to worry me seriously. Was I not a simple spectre? with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

My existence began to worry me seriously. Was I not a simple spectre?

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: I know very well that I don't want to do anything: to do something is to create existence--and there's quite enough existence as it is. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

I know very well that I don't want to do anything: to do something is to create existence--and there's quite enough existence as it is.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: People. You must love people. Men are admirable. I want
to vomit--and suddenly, there it is: the Nausea. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

People. You must love people. Men are admirable. I want
to vomit--and suddenly, there it is: the Nausea.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Everything is gratuitous, this garden, this city and myself. When you suddenly realize it, it makes you feel sick and everything begins to drift ... that's nausea. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Everything is gratuitous, this garden, this city and myself. When you suddenly realize it, it makes you feel sick and everything begins to drift ... that's nausea.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: I tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

I tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: What I regretted in La Nausee was not to have put myself completely into the thing. I remained outside my hero's disease, protected by my neurosis which, through writing, gave me happiness. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

What I regretted in La Nausee was not to have put myself completely into the thing. I remained outside my hero's disease, protected by my neurosis which, through writing, gave me happiness.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Violence is good for those who have nothing to lose. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Violence is good for those who have nothing to lose.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: When one loves animals and children too much, one loves them against human beings. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

When one loves animals and children too much, one loves them against human beings.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: When I can't see myself I begin to wonder if I really and truly exist. I pat myself just to make sure, but it doesn't help much. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

When I can't see myself I begin to wonder if I really and truly exist. I pat myself just to make sure, but it doesn't help much.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: I've dropped out of their hearts like a little sparrow fallen from its nest. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

I've dropped out of their hearts like a little sparrow fallen from its nest.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

Longer Version:

I've dropped out of their hearts like a little sparrow fallen from its nest. So gather me up, dear, fold me to your heart -- and you'll see how nice I can be.


quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: I never could bear the idea of anyone's expecting something from me. It always made me want to do just the opposite. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

I never could bear the idea of anyone's expecting something from me. It always made me want to do just the opposite.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Anything, anything would be better than this agony of mind, this creeping pain that gnaws and fumbles and caresses one and never hurts quite enough. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Anything, anything would be better than this agony of mind, this creeping pain that gnaws and fumbles and caresses one and never hurts quite enough.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: So that is what hell is. I would never have believed it. You remember: the fire and brimstone, the torture. Ah! the farce. There is no need for torture: Hell is other people. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

So that is what hell is. I would never have believed it. You remember: the fire and brimstone, the torture. Ah! the farce. There is no need for torture: Hell is other people.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: You are -- your life, and nothing else. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

You are -- your life, and nothing else.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Man is what he wills himself to be. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Man is what he wills himself to be.

--Jean-Paul Sartre


quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: If you begin by saying, 'Thou shalt not lie,' there is no longer any possibility of political action. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

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

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: All-powerful god, who am I but the fear that I inspire in others? with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

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

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: The recent experiences of pocketbooks prove this. I have changed my public since my works have been published in a smaller format. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

The recent experiences of pocketbooks prove this. I have changed my public since my works have been published in a smaller format.

--Jean-Paul Sartre


quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: For common minds have an ugly ability to perceive in the deepest and richest saying nothing but their own everyday opinion. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

For common minds have an ugly ability to perceive in the deepest and richest saying nothing but their own everyday opinion.

--Jean-Paul Sartre






quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: As for me, I am mean: that means that I need the suffering of others to exist. A flame. A flame in their hearts. When I am all alone, I am extinguished. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

As for me, I am mean: that means that I need the suffering of others to exist. A flame. A flame in their hearts. When I am all alone, I am extinguished.

--Jean-Paul Sartre


quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Two people can form a community by excluding a third. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Two people can form a community by excluding a third.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: I needed to justify my existence, and I had made an absolute of literature. It took me thirty years to get rid of this state of mind. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

I needed to justify my existence, and I had made an absolute of literature. It took me thirty years to get rid of this state of mind.

--Jean-Paul Sartre



quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: I think of death only with tranquility, as an end. I refuse to let death hamper life. Death must enter life only to define it. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

I think of death only with tranquility, as an end. I refuse to let death hamper life. Death must enter life only to define it.

--Jean-Paul Sartre


quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Man exists, turns up, appears on the scene and only afterwards, defines himself. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Man exists, turns up, appears on the scene and only afterwards, defines himself.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

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
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Words There is no good father, that's the rule. Don't lay the blame on men but on the bond of paternity, which is rotten. To beget children, nothing better; to have them, what iniquity! with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Words There is no good father, that's the rule. Don't lay the blame on men but on the bond of paternity, which is rotten. To beget children, nothing better; to have them, what iniquity!

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: I respect orders but I respect myself too and I do not obey foolish rules made especially to humiliate me. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

I respect orders but I respect myself too and I do not obey foolish rules made especially to humiliate me.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: When she is alone in the rooms I hear her humming to keep herself from thinking. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

When she is alone in the rooms I hear her humming to keep herself from thinking.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: I discovered suddenly that alienation, exploitation of man by man, under-nourishment, relegated to the background metaphysical evil which is a luxury. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

I discovered suddenly that alienation, exploitation of man by man, under-nourishment, relegated to the background metaphysical evil which is a luxury.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act.

--Jean-Paul Sartre


quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: The plight of modern man is that he is condemmed to be free. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

The plight of modern man is that he is condemmed to be free.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Outside nature, against nature, without excuse, beyond remedy, except what remedy I find within myself. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Outside nature, against nature, without excuse, beyond remedy, except what remedy I find within myself.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: The status of 'native' is a nervous condition introduced and maintained by the settler among colonized people with their consent. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

The status of 'native' is a nervous condition introduced and maintained by the settler among colonized people with their consent.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: I had dreamed my life for nearly fifty years (I am about to be fifty-nine). But, you see,
there are two tones in Les Mats: the echo of this condemnation and a mitigation of that severity. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

I had dreamed my life for nearly fifty years (I am about to be fifty-nine). But, you see,
there are two tones in Les Mats: the echo of this condemnation and a mitigation of that severity.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: A writer must refuse to allow himself to be transformed into an institution. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

A writer must refuse to allow himself to be transformed into an institution.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

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
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: I consider Les Nourritures Terrestres as a frightening book: Look for God in no other place than everywhere. Go and tell that to a workman, an engineer! with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

I consider Les Nourritures Terrestres as a frightening book: Look for God in no other place than everywhere. Go and tell that to a workman, an engineer!

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: A writer who takes political, social or literary positions must act only with the means that are his. These means are the written words. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

A writer who takes political, social or literary positions must act only with the means that are his. These means are the written words.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: I distrust the incommunicable; it is the source of all violence. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

I distrust the incommunicable; it is the source of all violence.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Good digestions, the gray monotony of provincial life, and the boredom--ah the soul-destroying boredom--of long days of mild content. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Good digestions, the gray monotony of provincial life, and the boredom--ah the soul-destroying boredom--of long days of mild content.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: The viable jewels of life remain untouched when man forgets his vocation of searching for the truth of his existence. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

The viable jewels of life remain untouched when man forgets his vocation of searching for the truth of his existence.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Ideas come in pairs and they contradict one another; their opposition is the principal engine of reflection. with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Ideas come in pairs and they contradict one another; their opposition is the principal engine of reflection.

--Jean-Paul Sartre
quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: Hell is--other people! with background image: photo of author Jean-Paul Sartre with quote

Hell is--other people!

--Jean-Paul Sartre

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