Jean-Paul Sartre

Author of No Exit and Three Other Plays and 20+ Books

Jean-Paul Sartre

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A French existentialist philosopher and pioneer, dramatist and screenwriter, novelist and critic, Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre, usually known simply as Jean-Paul Sartre. He was a leading figure in French philosophy in the 20th century. He declined the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature award "for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has exerted a far-reaching influence on our age." However, i... n the years around his death, existentialism declined in French philosophy and was overtaken by structuralism. ??? ?????READ MORE

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It's quite an undertaking to start loving somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness. There is even a moment right at the start where you have to jump across an abyss: if you think about it you don't do it.

I am alone in the midst of these happy, reasonable voices. All these creatures spend their time explaining, realizing happily that they agree with each other. In Heaven's name, why is it so important to think the same things all together.

The individual's duty is to do what he wants to do, to think whatever he likes, to be accountable to no one but himself, to challenge every idea and every person.

When the rich wage war it's the poor who die.

With older people, it's quite different. They're reliable, they show you what to do, and there's solidity in their affection.

Then time started flowing again and the emptiness grew larger.

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