We are possessed by the things we possess. When I like an object, I always give it to someone. It isn't generosity - it's only because I want others to be enslaved by objects, not me.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905 - 1980)
Contributed by: Zaady
All human actions are equivalent . . . and . . . all are on principle doomed. . . .
Source: "Being and Nothingness," Conclusion)
I was escaping from Nature and at last becoming myself, that Other whom I was aspiring to be in the eyes of others.
Source: The Words (Les Mots), 1964
All the same, they [books] do serve some purpose. Culture doesn't save anything or anyone, it doesn't justify. But it's a product of man: he projects himself into it, he recognizes himself in it; that critical mirror alone offers him his image.
I distrust the incommunicable; it is the source of all violence.
Everything is gratuitous, this garden, this city and myself. When you suddenly realize it, it makes you feel sick and everything begins to drift . . . that's nausea.
Source: La Nausée, 1938
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