Quotes to Write By: Jean-Paul Sartre

by tjbeitelman

“By writing I was existing….My pen raced away so fast that often my wrist ached. I would throw the filled notebooks on the floor, I would eventually forget about them, they would disappear….I wrote in order to write. I don’t regret it; had I been read, I would have tried to please. I would have become a wonder again. Being clandestine I was true.”

Sartre is quoted in Howard Gardner‘s book, Multiple Intelligences. Gardner relays the story of Sartre’s precocious abilities as a mimic, such that his parents would trot him out at a very young age to entertain their friends at parties. Sartre believed this early audience ruined him, at least for a while. It was the lack of an audience that came to his rescue.