Jean Paul Sartre quotes

Born
21 June 1905 Paris, France.

Died
15 April 1980.

Occupation
Philosopher, playwright, novelist.

Jean Paul Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology.

All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.
– Jean Paul Sartre
The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.
– Jean Paul Sartre
If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Acting is happy agony.
– Jean Paul Sartre
We must act out passion before we can feel it.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Life begins on the other side of despair.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Commitment is an act, not a word.
– Jean Paul Sartre
When rich people fight wars with one another, poor people are the ones to die.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance.
– Jean Paul Sartre
We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are – that is the fact.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Words are loaded pistols.
– Jean Paul Sartre
It is only in our decisions that we are important.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Man is not the sum of what he has already, but rather the sum of what he does not yet have, of what he could have.
– Jean Paul Sartre
When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Hell is other people.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
– Jean Paul Sartre
For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Existence precedes and rules essence.
– Jean Paul Sartre
She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.
– Jean Paul Sartre
One cannot become a saint when one works sixteen hours a day.
– Jean Paul Sartre
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.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Being is. Being is in-itself. Being is what it is.
– Jean Paul Sartre
We do not judge the people we love.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Acting is a question of absorbing other people’s personalities and adding some of your own experience.
– Jean Paul Sartre
I hate victims who respect their executioners.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Fear? If I have gained anything by damning myself, it is that I no longer have anything to fear.
– Jean Paul Sartre
All human actions are equivalent and all are on principle doomed to failure.
– Jean Paul Sartre