Wednesday, 22 July, 1959: 10:50 A.M.

This morning over breakfast S. [short for Simone]. asked me why I looked so glum.

“Because,” I said, “everything that exists is born for no reason, carries on living through weakness, and dies by accident.”

“Jesus,” S. said. “Aren’t you ever off the clock?”

Thursday, 16 July, 1959: 7:45 P.M.

When S. returned this afternoon I asked her where she had been, and she said she had been in the street.

“Perhaps,” I said, “that explains why you look ‘rue’-ful.”

Her blank stare only reinforced for me the futility of existence.

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Find more blog posts full of comic existential angst over at The New Yorker, and then, if you want to get serious and bone up on Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist philosophy, check out these fine resources:

Sartre, Heidegger, Nietzsche: Three Philosophers in Three Hours (BBC documentaries)

Walter Kaufmann’s Lectures on Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Sartre (1960, Audio)

75 Free Philosophy Courses from Great Universities

Sartre’s famous lecture Existentialism is a Humanism (1946) that otherwise appears in our collection of Free eBooks.

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