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  • I know only one Church: it is the society of men.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist,philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 1, Gallimard (1951).
  • Better to have beasts that let themselves be killed than men who run away.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist,philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 11, sc. 1, Gallimard (1951).
  • But, if it will help ease your irritated souls, please know, dearly departed,that you have ruined our lives.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Aegistheus in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).
  • All-powerful god, who am I but the fear that I inspire in others?
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Aegistheus to Jupiter in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).

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  • If you are not already dead, forgive. Rancor is heavy, it is worldly; leave it on earth: die light.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 1, Gallimard (1951).

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  • There are two types of poor people, those who are poor together and those who are poor alone. The first are the true poor, the others are rich people out of luck.
    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 4, sc. 5, Gallimard (1951).

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

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  • 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).
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