For many have but one resource to sustain them in their misery, and that is to think, “Circumstances have been against me, I was worthy to be something much better than I have been.
I admit I have never had a great love or a great friendship; but that is because I never met a man or a woman who were worthy of it;
if I have not written any very good books, it is because I had not the leisure to do so;
or, if I have had no children to whom I could devote myself it is because I did not find the man I could have lived with.
So there remains within me a wide range of abilities, inclinations and potentialities, unused but perfectly viable, which endow me with a worthiness that could never be inferred from the mere history of my actions.”
But in reality and for the existentialist, there is no love apart from the deeds of love; no potentiality of love other than that which is manifested in loving; there is no genius other than that which is expressed in works of art.
Existentialism is a Humanism
Existentialism Is a Humanism is a 1946 work by the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, based on a lecture by the same name he gave at Club Maintenant in Paris, on 29 October 1945.
Existentialism Is a Humanism has been „a popular starting-point in discussions of existentialist thought,“ and in the philosopher Thomas Baldwin‘s words, „seized the imagination of a generation.“
Thomas C. Anderson criticized Sartre for asserting without explanation that if a person seeks freedom from false, external authorities, then he or she must invariably allow this freedom for others.
The philosopher Frederick Copleston stated that Sartre, like Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Edmund Husserl, interpreted the views of René Descartes as an anticipation of his own philosophical views.
The philosopher Slavoj Žižek argued that there is a parallel between Sartre‘s views and claims made by the character Father Zosima in Fyodor Dostoyevsky‘s novel The Brothers Karamazov (1880): whereas Sartre believes that with total freedom comes total responsibility, for Father Zosima „each of us must make us responsible for all men’s sins“.