Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

Man is a useless passion.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French philosopher, author. Being and Nothingness, "Doing and Having," sct. 3 (1943).
I do not understand! I understand nothing! I cannot understand nor do I want to understand! I want to believe! To Believe!
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 1, Gallimard (1951).
All human actions are equivalent ... and ... all are on principle doomed to failure.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French philosopher, author. "Conclusion," sect. 2, Being and Nothingness (1943, trans. 1965).
Do you think that I count the days? There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 10, sc. 2, Gallimard (1951).
One cannot become a saint when one works sixteen hours a day.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 5, sc. 2, Gallimard (1951).
Intellectuals cannot be good revolutionaries; they just good enough to be assassins.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 5, sc. 3, Gallimard (1948).
As for us, my little friend, wee entered [the Communist Party] because we were tired of dying of hunger.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 3, sc. 2, Gallimard (1948).
It is no longer possible to escape men. Farewell to the monsters, farewell to the saints. Farewell to pride. All that is left is men.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 10, sc. 4, Gallimard (1951).
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.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 10, sc. 2, Gallimard (1951).
I was not the one to invent lies: they were created in a society divided by class and each of us inherited lies when we were born. It is not by refusing to lie that we will abolish lies: it is by eradicating class by any means necessary.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 5, sc. 3, Gallimard (1948).