We Are Our Choices

“We are our choices,” said the 20th-century existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre. The delivery of this famous line has a truly profound effect on one’s life.

Personally, I owe my passion for philosophy to this quote, for it served as inspiration for my initial essay on the subject. One thing that fans of Sartre note is his concise yet moving eloquence. In my opinion, the strongest quotes are those that the short and universal axioms. In just four words, the French philosopher sums up the existentialist message: Choose your own life. Every decision we make is made by us alone and adds to our character and specifically to who we are. Where we go in life is based on our choices. These very choices shape our futures.

And as the Roman stoic Seneca the Younger said, “You are your choices.”

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