Life begins on the other side of despair.

Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: French

Life begins on the other side of despair. Jean-Paul Sartre

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Life is a useless passion.

All of a sudden something breaks off sharply. The adventure is over, time resumes its daily routine. I turn; behind me, this beautiful melodious form sinks entirely into the past. It grows smaller, contracts as it declines, and now the end makes one with the beginning.

When a man gets drunk he gets sentimental. That's what I wanted to avoid.

He is betrayed by the cynical sparkle of her eyes, by her sophisticated look. Real ladies do not know the price of things, they like adorable follies; their eyes are like beautiful, hothouse flowers.

Acting is happy agony.

What is meant here by saying that existence precedes essence? It means first of all, man exists, turns up, appears on the scene, and, only afterwards, defines himself. If man, as the existentialist conceives him, is indefinable, it is because at first he is nothing. Only afterward will he be something, and he himself will have made what he will be.

Through the lack of attaching myself to words, my thoughts remain nebulous most of the time. They sketch vague, pleasant shapes and then are swallowed up; I forget them almost immediately.

There's no need for red-hot pokers. Hell is--other people!

The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity.

Her eyes stare at me but she seems not to see me; she looks as though she were lost in her suffering.

I am a mere breath of air; a formless thought that thinks of you.

I am, I am, I exist, I think therefore I am; I am because I think, why do I think? I don't want to think anymore.

There is something I longed for more than all the rest – without realizing it properly. It wasn't love, heaven forbid, nor glory, nor wealth. It was... anyway, I had imagined that at certain moments my life could take on a rare and precious quality.

How can you expect my character to be solidly real, to be anything other than obviously imaginary, when everything is contingent anyway? My Character has been deformed out of reality by his own nihilism, his own metaphysical nothingness.