Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
When we say that man is responsible for himself, we do not mean that he is responsible only for his own individuality, but that he is responsible for all men.[Unsourced variants:]Man is fully responsible for his nature and his choices.[Et, quand nous disons que l’homme est responsable de lui-même, nous ne voulons pas dire que l’homme est responsable de sa stricte individualité, mais qi’il est responsable de tous les hommes.]
There’s man all over for you, blaming on his boots the faults of his feet.[Voilà l’homme tout entier, s’en prenant à sa chaussure alors que c’est son pied le coupable.]
People have forgotten this truth. But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed.[translation by Richard Howard]Men have forgotten this truth. But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.[translation by Katherine Woods][Les hommes ont oublié cette vérité, dit le renard. Mais tu ne dois pas l’oublier. Tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoisé.]
It’s easier to take responsibility for the dead instead of the living. The rest of us have to look after them, Harry. The living. After all, that’s the responsibility that drives us.
If, however, existence truly does precede essence, man is responsible for what he is.[Mais si vraiment l’existence précède l’essence, l’homme est responsable de ce qu’il est.]
His mind was freshly inclined toward sorrow; toward the fact that the world was full of sorrow; that everyone labored under some burden of sorrow; that all were suffering; that whatever way one took in this world, one must try to remember that all were suffering (none content; all wronged, neglected, overlooked, misunderstood), and therefore one must do what one could to lighten the load of those with whom one came into contact; that his current state of sorrow was not uniquely his, not at all, but, rather, its like had been felt, would yet be felt, by scores of others, in all times, in every time, and must not be prolonged or exaggerated, because, in this state, he could be of no help to anyone and, given that his position in the world situated him to be either of great help or great harm, it would not do to stay low, if he could help it.