On Sartre's "If you are lonely, if you are alone, you are in bad company".

Jean-Paul Sartre, a French philosopher and writer, so it is not surprising that there are some heavy quotes from him. One of them is the following:

"If you're lonely, if you're alone, you're in bad company."

Jean-Paul Sartre

Sartre is known for his philosophical work, which often deals with the themes of existentialism and phenomenology. During his life he wrote several novels, plays and essays. He lived from 1905-1980, which makes him a philosopher of modernity.

The idea of being alone and lonely is not uncommon in existentialism. In fact, it is a common theme. Other existentialists, such as Friedrich Nietzsche, have also written about the idea of loneliness.

Sartre's quote is often misinterpreted as a negative statement about loneliness. However, Sartre is actually saying that loneliness is a state of mind. If you feel lonely when you are alone, it is because you are thinking about your loneliness. So the company you keep is your own thoughts.

If you're constantly thinking about how lonely you are, then you're in bad company. But that doesn't mean you have to be with other people to feel better. Sometimes it can even be good to be alone. It gives you time to think about your life and figure out what you want.

It also doesn't mean that you're not good enough to endure being alone. It's just that you're not used to it.

There's an interview with Keanu Reeves in which he addresses the common misconception that being single equals being lonely. Here is his full statement:

Keanu Reeve's statement fits Sartre's "If you're lonely, if you're alone, you're in bad company." quite well.

Taking time for yourself, and especially thinking about yourself, is something that often gets short shrift in our modern world. If you're like most people, you distract yourself with work, social media, or other activities instead. This can often make loneliness worse, because it means you're not taking the time to get to know yourself.

It is normal to feel lonely from time to time. But you can learn to stop feeling lonely and be happy in your own company. This starts with getting to know yourself and what makes you happy. Once you know that, it will be easier to find activities to fill your time and make you feel good. You can also turn to friends and family when you feel lonely. But the most important thing is to remember that loneliness is just a state of mind.


So what Sartre meant was that if you're only happy when you're with other people, you're in bad company because you're not content to be alone. This can be a difficult truth, but it's important to remember that everyone feels lonely from time to time. It's normal to crave human closeness, but it's also important to learn to be content with being alone. You can do this by spending time with yourself, exploring your own thoughts and feelings, and finding things that make you happy. Remember that you are not alone in your loneliness and that there is always hope for change.

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