All human actions are equivalent... and all are on principle doomed to failure.
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It is only in our decisions that we are important.
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Life begins on the other side of despair.
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One is still what one is going to cease to be and already what one is going to become. One lives one's death, one dies one's life.
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Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.
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To eat is to appropriate by destruction.
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Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.
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The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity.
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Generosity is nothing else than a craze to possess. All which I abandon, all which I give, I enjoy in a higher manner through the fact that I give it away. To give is to enjoy possessively the object which one gives.
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Hell is other people.
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Man is a useless passion.
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Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
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Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance.
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If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble.
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If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.
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Being is. Being is in-itself. Being is what it is.
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We must act out passion before we can feel it.
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When the rich wage war it is the poor who die.
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I hate victims who respect their executioners.
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Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
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I am responsible for everything except for my very responsibility, for I am not the foundation of my being. Therefore everything takes place as if I were compelled to be responsible. I am abandoned in the world... in the sense that I find myself suddenly alone and without help, engaged in a world for which I bear the whole responsibility without being able, whatever I do, to tear myself away from this responsibility for an instant.
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Three o clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.
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Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.
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Words are loaded pistols.
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Sartre, Jean-Paul

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