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Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “And you know what wickedness is, and shame, and fear. There were days when you peered into yourself, into the secret places of your heart, and what you saw there made you faint with horror.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “We stay silent for a moment. Evening is coming on; I can hardly make out the pale spot of her face. Her black dress melts with the shadow which floods the room. I pick up my cup mechanically, there’s a little tea left in it and I bring it to my lips. The tea is cold. I want to smoke but I don’t dare. I have the terrible feeling that we have nothing more to say to one another.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “Man lives in the midst of images. Literature offers him a critical image of himself.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “I took everything as seriously as if I were immortal.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “But time is too large, it can’t be filled up. Everything you plunge into it is stretched and disintegrates. That gesture, for instance, the red hand picking up the cards and fumbling: it is all flabby. It would have to be ripped apart and tailored inside.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “If I didn’t try to assume responsibility for my own existence, it would seem utterly absurd to go on existing.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “My existence began to worry me seriously. Was I not a simple spectre?”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “Giacometti knows that space is a cancer on being, and eats everything; to sculpt, for him, is to take the fat off space, he compresses space, so as to drain off its exteriority.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “I felt that the success of the enterprise was in my hands: the moment had an obscure meaning which had to be trimmed and perfected; certain motions had to be made, certain words spoken: I staggered under the weight of my responsibility.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “The flesh is the pure contingency of presence.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “I consented to die in his place; his life had no more value than mine; no life had value. They were going to slap a man up against a wall and shoot at him till he died, whether it was I or Gris or somebody else made no difference. I knew he was more useful than I to the cause of Spain but I thought to hell with Spain and anarchy; nothing was important.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “Can you justify your existence then?”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “Human feeling. That’s beyond my range. I’m rotten to the core.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “I wanted to be missed, like water, like bread, like air, by all other people in all other places.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “What makes or breaks a man is not what people think of him, but what he thinks of himself.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “My odd feelings of the other week seem to me quite ridiculous today: I can no longer enter into them.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “From the very fact, indeed, that I am conscious of the motives which solicit my action, these motives are already transcendent objects from my consciousness, they are outside; in vain shall I seek to cling to them: I escape from them through my very existence. I am condemned to exist forever beyond my essence, beyond the affective and rational motives of my act: I am condemned to be free.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “Perhaps it is impossible to understand one’s own face. Or perhaps it is because I am a single man? People who live in society have learned how to see themselves in mirrors as they appear to their friends. I have no friends. Is that why my flesh is so naked?”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “I am never any one of my attitudes, any one of my actions.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “Her eyes stare at me but she seems not to see me; she looks as though she were lost in her suffering.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “In irony a man annihilates what he posits within one and the same act; he leads us to believe in order not to be believed; he affirms to deny and denies to affirm; he creatives a positive object but it has no being other than its nothingness.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “I’ve dropped out of their hearts like a little sparrow fallen from its nest.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “All was fullness and all was active, there was no weakness in time, all, even the least perceptible stirring, was made of existence. And all these existents which bustled about this tree came from nowhere and were going nowhere.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “I must wash myself clean with abstract thoughts, transparent as water.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “But no: he was empty, he was confronted by a vast anger, a desperate anger, he saw it and could almost have touched it. But it was inert – if it were to live and find expression and suffer, he must lend it his own body. It was other people’s anger. “Swine!” He clenched his fists, he strode along, but nothing came, the anger remained external to himself.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “How far away from them I feel, up on this hill. It seems to me that I belong to another species.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “I have never before had such a strong feeling that I was devoid of secret dimensions, confined within the limits of my body, from which airy thoughts float up like bubbles. I build memories with my present self. I am cast out, forsaken in the present: I vainly try to rejoin the past: I cannot escape.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “I am sure that fifteen minutes would be enough to reach supreme self-contempt. No thank you, I want none of that.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “Only he who knows how to speak can be silent.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “Something has happened to me, I can’t doubt it any more. It came as an illness does, not like an ordinary certainty, not like anything evident. It came cunningly, little by little; I felt a little strange, a little put out, that’s all. Once established it never moved, it stayed quiet, and I was able to persuade myself that nothing was the matter with me, that it was a false alarm. And now, it’s blossoming.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “From time to time I yawn so widely that tears roll down my cheek.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “You see a woman, you think that one day she’ll be old, only you don’t see her grow old. But there are moments when you think you see her grow old and feel yourself growing old with her: this is the feeling of adventure.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “The Other is the hidden death of my possibilities.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “The recruit who reports for active duty at the beginning of the war can in some instances be afraid of death, but more often he is ‘afraid of being afraid’; that is, he is filled with anguish before himself.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “You and me are real people, operating in a real world. We are not figments of each other’s imagination. I am the architect of my own self, my own character and destiny. It is no use whingeing about what I might have been, I am the things I have done and nothing more. We are all free, completely free. We can each do any damn thing we want. Which is more than most of us dare to imagine.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “Suddenly they existed, then suddenly they existed no longer: existence is without memory; of the vanished it retains nothing – not even a memory. Existence everywhere, infinitely, in excess, for ever and everywhere; existence – which is limited only by existence.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “Before beginning this treatise, he wanted the advice of The Baboon, his philosophy prof. “Excuse me, sir,” he said at the end of a class, “could anyone claim that we don’t exist?” The Baboon said no. “Goghito,” he said, “ergo zum. You exist because you doubt your existence.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “Existentialism’s first move is to make every man aware of what he is and to make the full responsibility of his existence rest on him.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “There is something I longed for more than all the rest – without realizing it properly. It wasn’t love, heaven forbid, nor glory, nor wealth. It was... anyway, I had imagined that at certain moments my life could take on a rare and precious quality.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “He raised himself on his hands and looked at Irene’s face: the nudity of that feminine body had risen into her face, the body had reabsorbed it, as nature reabsorbs forsaken gardens.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “I scraped my heel against this black claw: I wanted to peel off some of the bark. For no reason at all, out of defiance, to make the bare pink appear absurd on the tanned leather: to play with the absurdity of the world. But, when I drew my heel back, I saw that the bark was still black.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “To exist is simply to he there; those who exist let themselves be encountered, but you can never deduce anything from them.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “Everything happens to every man as if the entire human race were staring at him and measuring itself by what he does. So every man ought to be asking himself, “Am I really a man who is entitled to act in such a way that the entire human race should be measuring itself by my actions?” And if he does not ask himself that, he masks his anguish.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “She is dearer to me than life. But her suffering comes from within, and only she can rid herself of it. For she is free.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “I am on the same plane specific object and free subject but never the two at the same time and always the one haunted by the Other.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “But the end is there, transforming everything. For us, the man is already the hero of the story. His moroseness, his money troubles are much more precious than ours, they are all gilded by the light of future passions.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “No, my child, these things are impossible. It would have been better if she had recognize the truth courageously. She would have suffered once, then time would have erased with its sponge. There is nothing like looking things in the face, believe me.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “Madame Picard believed that a child should be allowed to read anything: ‘A book never does any harm if it is well written.’ While she was there, I had once asked permission to read Madame Bovary and my mother, in an oversweet voice, had said: ‘But if my darling reads books like that at his age, what will he do when he grows up?’ ‘I shall live them!’ This reply had met with the most complete and lasting success.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “Hands don’t catch thoughts.”
Jean-Paul Sartre Quote: “Anyhow, it is a definite colour: I am glad I have red hair. There is it is in the mirror, it makes itself seen, it shines. I am still lucky if my forehead was surmounted by one of those neutral heads of hair which are neither chestnut not blond, my face would be lost in vagueness, it would make me dizzy.”
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