Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 6, sc. 2, Gallimard (1948). Hoederer.
Yes, Lord, you are innocence itself: how could you conceive of Nothingness, you who are plenitude? Your gaze is light and transforms all into light: how could you know the half-light in my heart?
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 3, sc. 6, Gallimard (1951).
I say a murder is abstract. You pull the trigger and after that you do not understand anything that happens.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 5, sc.2, Gallimard (1948).
I know nothing, I am neither woman nor girl; I have been living in a dream and when someone kissed me, it made me want to laugh. Now I am here before you, it seems as though I have just awakened and it is morning.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political scientist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 6, sc. 2, Gallimard (1948).
As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 5, sc. 3, Gallimard (1948).
I do not give a damn about the dead. They died for the [Communist] Party and the Party can decide what it wants. I practice a live man's politics, for the living.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 5, sc. 3, Gallimard (1948).
I can be twenty women, one hundred, if that's what you want, all women. Ride with me behind you, I weigh nothing, your horse will not feel me. I want to be your whorehouse!
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 3, sc. 4, Gallimard (1951).
Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 5, sc. 2, Gallimard (1948).
Her face seems ravaged by both lightning and hail. But on yours there is something like the promise of a storm: one day passion will burn it to the bone.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. The Flies, act 1, Gallimard (1947). Orestes compares the faces of his mother, Clytemnestra, and his sister, Electra.
To eat is to appropriate by destruction.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French philosopher, author. "Doing and Having," sct. 3, Being and Nothingness (1943, trans. 1965).