Quotations From JEAN-PAUL SARTRE

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  • 11.
    Listen to me: a family man is never a real family man. An assassin is never entirely assassin. They play a role, you understand. While a dead man, he is really dead. To be or not to be, right?
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Methuen (1963). Hugo in Dirty Hands, act 4, sc. 6, Gallimard (1948).

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  • 12.
    Hell is other people.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French philosopher, author. Garcin, in Huis Clos, sc. 5 (1944).

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  • 13.
    I will take it all: tongs, molten lead, prongs, garrotes, all that burns, all that tears, I want to truly suffer. Better one hundred bites, better the whip, vitriol, than this suffering in the head, this ghost of suffering which grazes and caresses and never hurts enough.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Garcin in No Exit, act 1, sc. 5, Gallimard (1947).
  • 14.
    He is dead, and my hatred has died with him.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Electra, before the dead Aegistheus, in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).
  • 15.
    I have no need for good souls: an accomplice is what I wanted.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Electra to her brother Orestes in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).
  • 16.
    Remember, Orestes: you were part of my herd, you grazed in the fields along with my sheep. Your liberty is nothing but a mange eating away at you, it is nothing but an exile.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Jupiter in The Flies, act 3, Gallimard (1947).

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  • 17.
    The painful secret of gods and kings is that men are free, Aegistheus. You know it and they do not.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Jupiter in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).
  • 18.
    What do I care about Jupiter? Justice is a human issue, and I do not need a god to teach it to me.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Orestes in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).

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  • 19.
    Your entire universe will not be enough to make me guilty. You are the king of the Gods, Jupiter, the king of the stones and of the stars, the king of the waves of the sea. But you are not the king of men.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Orestes in The Flies, act 3, Gallimard (1947).

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  • 20.
    Yes, I am so free. And what a superb absence is my soul.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Orestes in The Flies, act 1, Gallimard (1947).
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