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Hell is other people.
– Jean-Paul Sartre
You must be afraid, my son. That is how one becomes an honest citizen.
The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best.
If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company.
It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous.
Every age has its own poetry; in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry.
Commitment is an act, not a word.
It is only in our decisions that we are important.
Man is fully responsible for his nature and his choices.
I do not believe in God; his existence has been disproved by Science. But in the concentration camp, I learned to believe in men.
I am no longer sure of anything. If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them; if I refuse to satisfy them, they infect the whole soul.
Acting is happy agony.
If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat.
Man is not the sum of what he has already, but rather the sum of what he does not yet have, of what he could have.
Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.
There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.
That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.
When rich people fight wars with one another, poor people are the ones to die.
Neither sex, without some fertilization of the complimentary characters of the other, is capable of the highest reaches of human endeavor.
One cannot become a saint when one works sixteen hours a day.
I hate victims who respect their executioners.
We must act out passion before we can feel it.
What do I care about Jupiter? Justice is a human issue, and I do not need a god to teach it to me.
Better to have beasts that let themselves be killed than men who run away.
Being is. Being is in-itself. Being is what it is.
Ah! yes, I know: those who see me rarely trust my word: I must look too intelligent to keep it.
As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.
No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.
Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong.
She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.