Existentialism's first move is to make every man aware of what he is and to make the full responsibility of his existence rest on him.

Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: French

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Atheistic existentialism, of which I am a representative, declares with greater consistency that if God does not exist there is at least one being whose existence comes before its essence, a being which exists before it can be defined by any conception of it. That being is man....

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

If you're lonely when you're alone, you're in bad company.

She is dearer to me than life. But her suffering comes from within, and only she can rid herself of it. For she is free.

I sank down on the bench, stupefied, stunned by this profusion of beings without origin: everywhere blossomings, hatchings out, my ears buzzed with existence, my very flesh throbbed and opened, abandoned itself to the universal burgeoning.

One cannot hate a man more than one can love him.

I'd come to realize that all our troubles spring from our failure to use plain, clear-cut language.

I exist because I think … and I can't stop myself from thinking. At this very moment–it's frightful–if I exist, it is because I am horrified at existing.

You talk a lot about this amazing flow of time but you hardly see it. you see a women, you think that one day she'll be old, only you don't see her grow old. But there are moments when you think you see her grow old and feel yourself growing old with her: this is the feeling of adventure.

The thing is that I rarely think; a crowd of small metamorphoses accumulate in me without my noticing it, and then, one fine day, a veritable revolution takes place.

I confused things with their names: that is belief.

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.

So it was necessary to work, to maintain a semblance of economic organization in the nation, to guarantee, despite the destruction and the pillaging, a level of activity. Unfortunately, the least action served the purposes of the enemy who was slaughtering us, attaching his suckers to our skin and living in symbiosis with us.

Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.