Existentialism Is a Humanism

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Jean-Paul Sartre

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The first of the three concepts that Sartre clarifies in the middle portion of his lecture, anguish refers to the emotional pain that comes from the necessity to act under the condition of moral responsibility.

Anguish Quotes in Existentialism Is a Humanism

The Existentialism Is a Humanism quotes below are all either spoken by Anguish or refer to Anguish. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Existentialism Is a Humanism Quotes

In choosing myself, I choose man.

Related Characters: Jean-Paul Sartre (speaker)
Page Number: 24
Explanation and Analysis:

If a voice speaks to me, it is always I who must decide whether or not this is the voice of an angel; if I regard a certain course of action as good, it is I who will choose to say that it is good, rather than bad.

Related Characters: Jean-Paul Sartre (speaker), God
Page Number: 26
Explanation and Analysis:

All leaders have experienced that anguish, but it does not prevent them from acting. To the contrary it is the very condition of their action, for they first contemplate several options, and, in choosing one of them, realize that its only value lies in the fact that it was chosen.

Related Characters: Jean-Paul Sartre (speaker)
Page Number: 27
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Anguish Term Timeline in Existentialism Is a Humanism

The timeline below shows where the term Anguish appears in Existentialism Is a Humanism. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...cannot overcome this condition of subjectivity. Sartre says that he will next clarify three concepts: anguish, abandonment, and despair. (full context)
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Sartre turns to anguish, which describes a person’s pain at realizing that they are morally responsible for their actions... (full context)
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Sartre says that anguish does not prevent action but is rather a “condition of action.” He gives the example... (full context)