No Exit (1944)
Variant: A man is what he wills himself to be.
Source: Existentialism and Human Emotions
Jean Paul Sartre quotes
Jean Paul Sartre
Birthdate: 21. June 1905
Date of death: 15. April 1980
Other names: Jean-Paule Sartre
Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism. His work has also influenced sociology, critical theory, post-colonial theory, and literary studies, and continues to influence these disciplines.
Sartre was also noted for his open relationship with prominent feminist and fellow existentialist philosopher and writer Simone de Beauvoir. Together, Sartre and de Beauvoir challenged the cultural and social assumptions and expectations of their upbringings, which they considered bourgeois, in both lifestyle and thought. The conflict between oppressive, spiritually destructive conformity and an "authentic" way of "being" became the dominant theme of Sartre's early work, a theme embodied in his principal philosophical work Being and Nothingness . Sartre's introduction to his philosophy is his work Existentialism Is a Humanism , originally presented as a lecture.
He was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature despite attempting to refuse it, saying that he always declined official honours and that "a writer should not allow himself to be turned into an institution". Wikipedia
Quotes Jean Paul Sartre
No Exit (1944)
„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.“
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The Words (1964), speaking of his grandmother.
„Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.“
Being and Nothingness (1943)