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Quotes from Existentialism Is a Humanism

Jean-Paul Sartre ·  108 pages

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“Il n'y a de réalité que dans l'action.

(There is no reality except in action.)”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“In life man commits himself and draws his own portrait, outside of which there is nothing. No doubt this thought may seem harsh to someone who has not made a success of his life. But on the other hand, it helps people to understand that reality alone counts, and that dreams, expectations and hopes only serve to define a man as a broken dream, aborted hopes, and futile expectations.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“For many have but one resource to sustain them in their misery, and that is to think, “Circumstances have been against me, I was worthy to be something much better than I have been. I admit I have never had a great love or a great friendship; but that is because I never met a man or a woman who were worthy of it; if I have not written any very good books, it is because I had not the leisure to do so; or, if I have had no children to whom I could devote myself it is because I did not find the man I could have lived with. So there remains within me a wide range of abilities, inclinations and potentialities, unused but perfectly viable, which endow me with a worthiness that could never be inferred from the mere history of my actions.” But in reality and for the existentialist, there is no love apart from the deeds of love; no potentiality of love other than that which is manifested in loving; there is no genius other than that which is expressed in works of art.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“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.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“What do we mean by saying that existence precedes essence? We mean that man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world-and defines himself afterward.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“القيم الأخلاقية غامضة غير محددة، وهى تمتد إلى ما لا نهاية.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“There is no reality except in action. Man is nothing else than his plan; he exists only to the extent that he fulfills himself; he is therefore nothing else than the ensemble of his acts, nothing else than his life.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“We will freedom for freedom’s sake, in and through particular circumstances. And in thus willing freedom, we discover that it depends entirely upon the freedom of others and that the freedom of others depends upon our own. Obviously, freedom as the definition of a man does not depend upon others, but as soon as there is a commitment, I am obliged to will the liberty of others at the same time as my own. I cannot make liberty my aim unless I make that of others equally my aim.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“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....”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“Il n’y a de réalité que dans l’action… [L’être humain] n’existe que dans la mesure où il se réalise, il n’est donc rien d’autre que sa vie”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“The existentialist, on the contrary, finds it extremely embarrassing that God does not exist, for there disappears with Him all possibility of finding values in an intelligible heaven. There can no longer be any good a priori, since there is no infinite and perfect consciousness to think it. It is nowhere written that “the good” exists, that one must be honest or must not lie, since we are now upon the plane where there are only men. Dostoevsky once wrote: “If God did not exist, everything would be permitted”; and that, for existentialism, is the starting point. Everything is indeed permitted if God does not exist, and man is in consequence forlorn, for he cannot find anything to depend upon either within or outside himself. He discovers forthwith, that he is without excuse.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“لا يمكن أن أدلل على حقيقة عاطفتى وكلامى إلا إذا مارست ذلك فعلاً.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“أستطيع أن أقيس قوة عاطفتى لو أتيت من الأعمال ما يؤكدها ويصادق عليها.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“إن الإنسان محكوم عليه بالحرية: محكوم لأنه لم يخلق ذاته، وهو حر لأنه قد صار مسؤلاً عن كل مايفعل بمجرد أن تواجد في العالم.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“If God does not exist, are we provided with any values or commands that could legitimise our behaviour.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“L'existentialiste, au contraire, pense qu'il est très gênant que Dieu n'existe pas, car avec lui disparaît toute possibilité de trouver des valeurs dans un ciel intelligible; il ne peut plus y avoir de bien a priori, puisqu'il n'y a pas de conscience infinie et parfaite pour le penser; il n'est écrit nulle part que le bien existe, qu'il faut être honnête, qu'il ne faut pas mentir, puisque précisément nous sommes sur un plan où il y a seulement des hommes.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“(...) sólo el perro o el caballo podrían emitir un juicio de conjunto sobre el hombre y declarar que el hombre es asombroso, lo que ellos no se preocupan de hacer, por lo menos que yo sepa. Pero no se puede admitir que un hombre pueda formular un juicio sobre el hombre.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“Een mens engageert zich in zijn leven, krijgt daarin gestalte en buiten die gestalte is er niets. Voor iemand die in zijn leven niet geslaagd is, moet dat natuurlijk een harde gedachte zijn. Maar anderzijds stelt ze de mensen in staat te begrijpen dat alleen de werkelijkheid telt, dat dromen, afwachten en hopen een mens tot niet meer dan een teleurgestelde droom, een vervlogen hoop, een vergeefse verwachting maken.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“من هنگامي آزادم كه همه جهانيان آزاد باشند،‌تا هنگامي كه يك نفر اسير در جهان است، آزادي وجود ندارد”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“El hombre no es nada más que su proyecto, no existe más que en la medida en que se realiza, no es, por lo tanto, más que el conjunto de sus actos, nada más que su vida.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“O existencialismo não é tanto um ateísmo no sentido em que se esforçaria por demonstrar que Deus não existe. Ele declara, mais exatamente: mesmo que Deus existisse, nada mudaria; eis o nosso ponto de vista. Não que acreditemos que deus exista, mas pensamos que o problema não é o da sua existência; é preciso que o homem se reencontre e se convença de que nada pode salvá-lo dele próprio, nem mesmo uma prova válida da existência de Deus.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


“به جاي تسلط بر جهان بايد بر خويشتن مسلط شد”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, quote from Existentialism Is a Humanism


About the author

Jean-Paul Sartre
Born place: in Paris, France
Born date June 21, 1905
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