In irony a man annihilates what he posits within one and the same act; he leads us to believe in order not to be believed; he affirms to deny and denies to affirm; he creates a positive object but it has no being other than its nothingness.
 Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness (1943). copy citation

Author Jean-Paul Sartre
Source Being and Nothingness
Topic irony nothingness
Date 1943
Language English
Note Translated by Hazel E. Barnes