Jean-Paul Sartre

France
21 Jun 1905 // 15 Apr 1980
Philosopher / Writer

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Some men are born committed to action: they do not have a choice, they have been thrown on a path, at the end of that path, an act awaits them, their act
Life has no meaning ęa prioriĽ... it is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose
Man is a useless passion
Existence precedes and rules essence
All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books
For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it
The past is the luxury of proprietors
A writer who takes political, social or literary positions must act only with the means that are his. These means are the written words
If literature isnít everything, itís not worth a single hour of someoneís trouble
To choose this or that is to affirm at the same time the value of what we choose, because we can never choose evil. We always choose the good, and nothing can be good for us without being good for all
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