Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

Introduction,

Jean-Paul Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, and novelist, born on June 21, 1905, in Paris, France. He is considered one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, known for his existentialist philosophy and his works of literature and drama.

Sartre grew up in a middle-class family and was a brilliant student, earning a degree in philosophy from the prestigious École Normale Supérieure. He began his writing career as a journalist but soon turned his attention to philosophy, publishing his first major work, “Being and Nothingness,” in 1943.

Sartre’s existentialist philosophy emphasized the individual’s responsibility for creating meaning in a world that he believed had no inherent meaning. His works of literature and drama often explored similar themes, such as the individual’s search for identity and freedom in a world that can feel oppressive.

Sartre was also politically active, advocating for leftist causes and opposing colonialism and imperialism. He famously refused the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964, stating that he did not want to be “institutionalized.”

Sartre died on April 15, 1980, in Paris, France, at the age of 74. His legacy as a philosopher and writer continues to be studied and debated to this day, and his influence on modern thought and culture remains significant.

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


Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance.


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


When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die.


Commitment is an act, not a word.


Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.


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


Life begins on the other side of despair.


Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.

Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes
Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes


When rich people fight wars with one another, poor people are the ones to die.


Everything has been figured out, except how to live.


There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.


Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.


Three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.


Man is fully responsible for his nature and his choices.


I hate victims who respect their executioners.


No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.


We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are – that is the fact.


We must act out passion before we can feel it.

Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes
Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes


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.


I am no longer sure of anything. If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them; if I refuse to satisfy them, they infect the whole soul.


That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.


If I became a philosopher, if I have so keenly sought this fame for which I’m still waiting, it’s all been to seduce women basically.


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


Man is condemned to be free.


Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.


Existence precedes essence.


We are our choices.


Hell is other people.

Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes
Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes


To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.


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.


Everything has been figured out, except how to live.


Life has no meaning a priori…It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose.


It is only in our decisions that we are important.


There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.


The only way to deal with fear is to face it head on.


The most important thing is to be whatever you are without shame.


Words are loaded pistols.


I am my choices.

Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes
Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes


We are our own choices.


Life begins on the other side of despair.


It is not what you bear, but how you bear it.


I can always make a choice, in any situation, to act in one way or another.


To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.


I carry within myself everything I need.


I am not a thing, but a pattern of behavior, a nebula of traits.


The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best.


In love, one and one are one.


If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.

Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes
Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes


There are no accidents in life; everything is necessary.


The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire.


Life is a useless passion.


When the rich wage war, it is the poor who die.


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


I exist, that is all, and I find it nauseating.


I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn’t.


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


A man is not what he thinks he is, but what he thinks, he is.


Everything that is finished dies.


I am not an atheist; I simply feel that there is no need for the concept of God.


I am a being which is conscious and free, and responsible for my choices and my life.