Black and white photograph of French novelist, playwright, and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.

Jean-Paul Sartre

(1905 - 1980)

An only child whose father died when he was fifteen months old, Jean-Paul Sartre met his lifelong partner, Simone de Beauvoir, while both were studying for the national secondary-school exam—he had failed it once before—and in 1929 he took first place and she second. In the late 1930s he published his first books, Nausea and The Wall, and was called into active service upon Germany’s invasion of Poland. Sartre completed his major philosophical work, Being and Nothingness, in 1942.

All Writing

Once you hear the details of a victory it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.

—Jean-Paul Sartre, 1951

So long as one believes in God, one has the right to do the Good in order to be moral.

—Jean-Paul Sartre, c. 1950

To eat is to appropriate by destruction.

—Jean-Paul Sartre, 1943

Man is always a wizard to man, and the social world is at first magical.

—Jean-Paul Sartre, 1939

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