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  • The vegetation has crawled mile for mile towards the towns. It is waiting. When the town dies, the Vegetation will invade it, it will clamber over the stones, it will grip them, search them, burst them open with its long black pincers; it will bind the holes and hang its green paws everywhere.
    (Jean-Paul Sartre, "Nausea")

  • Through the lack of attaching myself to words, my thoughts remain nebulous most of the time. They sketch vague, pleasant shapes and then are swallowed up; I forget them almost immediately.
    (Jean-Paul Sartre, "Nausea")

  • When she was in Djibouti and I was in Aden, and I used to go and see her for twenty-four hours, she managed to multiply the misunderstandings between us until there were exactly sixty minutes before I had to leave; sixty minutes, just long enough to make you feel the seconds passing one by one.
    (Jean-Paul Sartre, "Nausea")

  • You must be like me; you must suffer in rhythm.
    (Jean-Paul Sartre, "Nausea")

  • The rain has stopped, the air is mild, the sky slowly rolls up fine black images : it is more than enough to frame the perfect moment ; to reflect these images, she would cause dark little tides to be born in our hearts. I don't know how to take advantage of the occasion : I walk at random, calm and empty, under this wasted sky.
    (Jean-Paul Sartre, "Nausea")


  • The sun is not ridiculous, quite the contrary. On everything I like, on the rust of the construction girders, on the rotten boards of the fence, a miserly, uncertain light falls, like the look you give, after a sleepless night, on decisions made with enthusiasm the day before, on pages you have written in one spurt without crossing out a word.
    (Jean-Paul Sartre, "Nausea")

  • The true sea is cold and black, full of animals...
    (Jean-Paul Sartre, "Nausea")

  • I suppose it is out of laziness that the world is the same day after day. Today it seemed to want to change. And then anything, anything could happen.
    (Jean-Paul Sartre, "Nausea")

  • And I too wanted to be. That is all I wanted; and this is the last word. At the bottom of all these attempts which seemed without bounds, I find the same desire again: to drive existence out of me, to rid the passing moments of their fat, to twist them, dry them, purify myself, harden myself, to give back at last the sharp, precise sound of a saxophone note. That could even make an apologue: there was a poor man who got in the wrong world.
    (Jean-Paul Sartre, "Nausea")

  • I want to leave, to go somewhere where I should be really in my place, where I would fit in . . . but my place is nowhere; I am unwanted.
    (Jean-Paul Sartre, "Nausea")

  • But I must finally realize that I am subject to these sudden transformations. The thing is that I rarely think; a crowd of small metamorphoses accumulate in me without my noticing it, and then, one fine day, a vertiable revolution takes place.
    (Jean-Paul Sartre, "Nausea")

  • It's quite an undertaking to start loving somebody. You have to have energy ,generosity, blindness. There is even a moment right at the start where you have to jump across an abyss: if you think about it you don't do it.
    (Jean-Paul Sartre, "Nausea")

  • Existence is not something which lets itself be thought of form a distance; it must invade you suddenly, master you, weigh heavily on your heart like a great motionless beast - or else there is nothing at all.
    (Jean-Paul Sartre, "Nausea")

  • Little flashes of sun on the surface of a cold, dark sea.
    (Jean-Paul Sartre, "Nausea")

  • He is always becoming, and if it were not for the contingency of death, he would never end.
    (Jean-Paul Sartre, "Nausea")


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