Jean-Paul Sartre

21 Jun 1905 // 15 Apr 1980
Philosopher / Writer


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So long as a man can look into the eyes of his oppressor, he is free
Like all dreamers, I confuse disenchantment with truth
If you seek authenticity for authenticity's sake, you are no longer authentic
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
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
The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best
As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become
Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong
One always dies too soon - or too late. And yet, life is there, finished: the line is drawn, and it must all be added up. You are nothing other than your life
The more one is absorbed in fighting evil, the less one is tempted to place the good in question
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."