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Jean Paul Sartre (1905 - 1980)
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Wait a minute, there's a snag somewhere; something disagreeable. Why, now, should it be disagreeable?...Ah,I see; it's life without a break. (Jean Paul Sartre - huis clos)
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  • I have replaced my earlier notion of consciousness (although I still use the word a lot),with what I call le vecu - lived experience.I will try to describe in a moment what I mean with this term,which is neither the preconscious,nor the unconscious,nor consciousness,but the terrain in which the individual is perpetually overflowed by himself and his riches and consciousness plays the trick of determining itself by forgetfulness. (1969)

 

  • A simple formula would be to say that life taught me la force des choses - the power of circumstances (1969)

 

  • But the most striking feature of the man,it seems to me,was the metaphysical anguish which he endured so openly and modestly.Not a single day passed without him being tempted to kill himself.But this suspended death gave him a kind of charming and destructing irony - his native intelligence,which was above all the art of finding and establishing in his daily life,and even in his perception, a lethal duet to which he submitted all the objects of this world.(mallarme:the poetry of suicide)

 

  • garcin: Wait a minute, there's a snag somewhere; something disagreeable. Why, now, should it be disagreeable? ...Ah, I see; it's life without a break.
    valet: What are you talking about?
    garcin: Your eyelids. We move ours up and down. Blinking,we call it.It's like a small black shutter that clicks down and makes a break. Everything goes black; one's eyes are moistened. You can't imagine how restful,refreshing,it is. Four thousand little rests per hour.Four thousand little respites--just think!...So that's the idea. I'm to live without eyelids.
    huis clos:Wait a minute, there's a snag somewhere; something disagreeable. Why,now,should it be disagreeable? ...Ah,I see; it's life without a break.(huis clos)

 

  • Ma pensée, c'est moi: voilà pourquoi je ne peux pas m'arrêter. J'existe par ce que je pense... et je ne peux pas m'empêcher de penser. En ce moment même - c'est affreux - si j'existe, c'est parce que j'ai horreur d'exister.(la nausee)

 

  • J'existe. C'est doux, si doux, si lent. Et léger: on dirait que ça tient en l'air tout seul. (la nausee)

 

  • Estoy cansado de ser una evaporación constante hacia un cielo vacío.

Ce qu'on fait n'est jamais compris mais seulement loué ou blâmé. Nietzsche, Gay Science

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