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Jean-Paul Sartre
1905 - 1980

French philosopher (professor of philosophy at Le Havre), novelist and playwright. Sartre won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964, but declined the prize. The atheist and existentialist was author of the philosophical classic Being and Nothingness (1943), the play Les Mouches and other works

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We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and as mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act.

1947 - from Situations
Man is condemned to be free. Condemned because he did not create himself, yet is nevertheless at liberty, and from the moment he is thrown into this world he is responsible for everything he does.

Oct. 29, 1945 - from a lecture delivered in Paris entitled "Existentialism is a Humanism"