5 Back Pocket Quotes (Courtesy of Jean-Paul Sartre)

For those of you who dare to question life and its many related intricrises (see what I did there?), here’s a few somethings to keep tucked away in your occipital lobe:

If you’re one of those theists, this is not the blog for you.

“Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself.”

  • This is the differentiation between the subjectivity of man and the objectivity of any old inanimate Annie. Unlike your pet rock, Annie, man has the ability of choice over instinct and is therefore granted the power to shape his own existence through the series of choices that is life.

“But how is the value of a feeling determined?”

  • The answer to this is so simple, it amazes me. An emotion is given it’s weight through the actions that define it. In other words, try to avoid being a ball of hot air and act on your emotions to confirm them to others. In other other words, a man’s worth is his will to prove himself.

“What art and ethics have in common is that we have creation and invention in both cases.”

  • Best explained in the words of Sartre himself, “Nowhere is it written that the Good exists, that we must be honest, that we must not lie; because the fact is we are on a plane where there are only men.” A God is nothing more than a timely excuse, a convenient scapegoat, an easy way out. The existentialist prefers the path less traveled.

“What happens to me happens through me …”

  • Ignore the fact that this sounds like it drifted here from a sad somebody’s motivational DVD and realize this: With the weight of God cast aside, man is solely responsible for his own actions and consequences. He doesn’t get the luxury of praying away his mistakes.

“You’ve got to take things as they are.”

  • [No explanation necessary]

Jean-Paul Sartre, Essays in Existentialism.

I dare not advise you on how to live your life, being that mine is chipped and cracked in countless places, but it would do my little lost heart good to know how you feel about how I feel, so drop a comment while I hold my breath.


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