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Quotations From JEAN-PAUL SARTRE


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  • I came to claim my kingdom and you refused me because I was not one of you. Now I am one of you, my subjects, we are bound by blood, and I deserve to be your king. Your sins and your remorse, your mighty anguish, I take all upon myself. Fear your dead no more, they are my dead.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Orestes in The Flies, act 3, Gallimard (1947).

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  • Blood doubly unites us, for we share the same blood and we have spilled blood.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Orestes to Electra in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).
  • Now I am weary and I can no longer tell good from Evil, and I need someone to show me the way.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Orestes to his sister Electra in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).

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  • If you want to deserve Hell, you need only stay in bed. The world is iniquity; if you accept it, you are an accomplice, if you change it you are an executioner.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 3, sc. 6, Gallimard (1951).

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  • As if there could be true stories: things happen in one way, and we retell them in the opposite way.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Nausea, p. 58, Gallimard (1938).
  • Who can exhaust a man? Who knows a man's resources?
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Nausea, p. 153, Gallimard (1938).
  • Absurd, irreducible; nothing—not even a profound and secret delirium of nature—could explain [a tree root].
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Nausea, p. 164, Gallimard (1938).

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  • I construct my memories with my present. I am lost, abandoned in the present. I try in vain to rejoin the past: I cannot escape.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Nausea, p. 50, Gallimard (1938).

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  • You have stolen my face from me: you know it and I no longer do.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. No Exit, act 1, sc. 5, Gallimard (1947).
  • I will not be modest. Humble, as much as you like, but not modest. Modesty is the virtue of the lukewarm.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 4, sc. 5.
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