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  • Man is a useless passion.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French philosopher, author. Being and Nothingness, "Doing and Having," sct. 3 (1943).

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  • Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French philosopher, author. "On the Execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg," Libération (Paris, June 22, 1953).
  • I am not virtuous. Our sons will be if we shed enough blood to give them the right to be.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 3, sc. 5, Gallimard (1951).
  • 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).
  • 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).

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  • 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).

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  • 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).
  • All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Nausea, p. 86, Gallimard (1938).

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  • I exist. It is soft, so soft, so slow. And light: it seems as though it suspends in the air. It moves.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Nausea, p. 127, Gallimard (1938).

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