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Albert Camus
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Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. Albert Camus

The realization that life is absurd and cannot be an end, but only a beginning. This is a truth nearly all great minds have taken as their starting point. It is not this discovery that is interesting, but theconsequences and rules of action drawn from it. Albert Camus

The opposite of an idealist is too often a man without love. Albert Camus

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Albert Camus

To those who despair of everything reason cannot provide a faith, but only passion, and in this case it must be the same passion that lay at the root of the despair, namely humiliation and hatred. Albert Camus

Old women even forget how to love their sons. The heart gets worn out, Monsieur. Albert Camus

Happiness is generous. It does not subsist on destruction. Albert Camus

Truth, like light, is blinding. Lies, on the other hand, are a beautiful dusk, which enhances the value of each object. Albert Camus

Lucifer also has died with God, and from his ashes has arisen a spiteful demon who does not even understand the object of his venture. Albert Camus

Generally, I like all islands. There, it is easier to rule. Albert Camus

In fact, it comes to this: nobody is capable of really thinking about anyone, even in the worst calamity. For really to think about someone means thinking about that person every minute of the day, without letting one's thoughts be diverted by anything- by meals, by a fly that settles on one's cheek, by household duties, or by a sudden itch somewhere. But there are always flies and itches. That's why life is difficult to live. Albert Camus

Sometimes at night I would sleep open-eyed underneath a sky dripping with stars. I was alive then. Albert Camus

He seemed so certain about everything, didn't he? And yet none of his certainties was worth one hair of a woman's head. He wasn't even sure he was alive, because he was living like a dead man. Albert Camus

There's the risk of being loved...and that would keep me from being happy. Albert Camus

The struggle to the top alone will make a human heart SWELL. Albert Camus

I have never been able, really, to regret anything in all my life. I have always been far much too absorbed in the present moment or the immediate future to think back. Albert Camus

For me, physical love has always been bound to an irresistible feeling of innocence and joy. Thus, I cannot love in tears but in exaltation. Albert Camus

At times I feel myself overtaken by an immense tenderness for these people around me who live in the same century. Albert Camus

How do you put everyone in the pool, so you have the right to dry yourself in the sun? Albert Camus

Slave camps under the flag of freedom, massacres justified by philanthropy or the taste of the superhuman, cripple judgment. On the day when crime puts on the apparel of innocence, through a curious reversal peculiar to our age, it is innocence that is called on to justify itself. The purpose of this essay is to accept and study that strange challenge. Albert Camus

What on earth prompted you to take a hand in this?" "I don't know. My... my code of morals, perhaps." "Your code of morals. What code, if I may ask?" "Comprehension. Albert Camus

If, after all, men cannot always make history have meaning, they can always act so that their own lives have one. Albert Camus

The truth is that every intelligent man, as you know, dreams of being a gangster and of ruling over society by force alone. As it is not so easy as the detective novels might lead one to believe, one generally relies on politics and joins the cruelest party.What does it matter, after all, if by humiliating one's mind one succeeds in dominating every one? I discovered in myself sweet dreams of oppression. Albert Camus

Liberty is the right not to lie. Albert Camus

Travel, which is like a greater and a graver science, brings us back to ourselves. Albert Camus

The first choice an artist makes is precisely to be an artist, and if he chooses to be an artist it is in consideration of what he is himself and because of a certain idea he has of art Albert Camus

If something is going to happen to me, I want to be there. Albert Camus

The rebel can never find peace. He knows what is good and, despite himself, does evil. The value which supports him is never given to him once and for all - he must fight to uphold it, unceasingly. Albert Camus

One of the only coherent philosophical positions is thus revolt. It is a constant confrontation between man and his own obscurity. Albert Camus

What's natural is the microbe. All the rest-heath, integrity, purity (if you like)-is a product of the human will, of a vigilance that must never falter. The good man, the man who infects hardly anyone, is the man who has the fewest lapses of attention. Albert Camus

Integrity needs no rules. Albert Camus

There are plagues, and there are victims, and it's the duty of good men not to join forces with the plagues. Albert Camus

Outside of that single fatality of death, everything, joy or happiness, is liberty. Albert Camus

The best are led to make greater demands upon themselves. As for those who succumb, they did not deserve to survive. Albert Camus

If we believe in nothing, if nothing has any meaning and if we can affirm no values whatsoever, then everything is possible and nothing has any importance. Albert Camus

Yes, everything is simple. It's people who complicate things. Albert Camus

All that remains is a fate whose outcome alone is fatal. Outside of that single fatality of death, everything, joy or happiness, is liberty. A world remains of which man is the sole master. What bound him was the illusion of another world. The outcome of his thought, ceasing to be renunciatory, flowers in images. It frolics-in myths, to be sure, but myths with no other depth than that of human suffering and, like it, inexhaustible. Not the divine fable that amuses and blinds, but the terrestrial face, gesture, and drama in which are summed up a difficult wisdom and an ephemeral passion. Albert Camus

False judges are held up in the world's admiration and I alone know the true ones. Albert Camus

Art does not tolerate reason. Albert Camus

Don't wait for the Last Judgment. It happens every day. Albert Camus

If Nietzsche and Hegel serve as alibis to the masters of Dachau and Karaganda, that does not condemn their entire philosophy. But it does lead to the suspicion that one aspect of their thought, or of their logic, can lead to these appalling conclusions. Albert Camus

We must stitch up what has been torn apart, render justice imaginable in the world which is so obviously unjust, make happiness meaningful for nations poisoned by the misery of this century. Naturally, it is a superhuman task. But tasks are called superhuman when men take a long time to complete them, that is all. Albert Camus

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself. Albert Camus

Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them. Albert Camus

The absurd hero's refusal to hope becomes his singular ability to live in the present with passion. Albert Camus

When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune. Albert Camus

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. Albert Camus

Thus I progressed on the surface of life, in the realm of words as it were, never in reality. All those books barely read, those friends barely loved, those cities barely visited, those women barely possessed! I went through the gestures out of boredom or absent-mindedness. Then came human beings; they wanted to cling, but there was nothing to cling to, and that was unfortunate-for them. As for me, I forgot. I never remembered anything but myself. Albert Camus

Man cannot do without beauty, and this is what our era pretends to want to disregard. Albert Camus

I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn't. Albert Camus

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. Albert Camus

Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. Albert Camus

There can be no question of masking the evidence, of suppressing the absurd by denying one of the terms of its equation. It is essential to know whether one can live with it or whether, on the other hand, logic commands one to die of it. Albert Camus

Great novelists are philosopher-novelists who write in images instead of arguments. Albert Camus

When the imagination sleeps, words are emptied of their meaning: a deaf population absent-mindedly registers the condemnation of a man. ... there is no other solution but to speak out and show the obscenity hidden under the verbal cloak. Albert Camus

No human being, even the most passionately loved and passionately loving, is ever in our possession. Albert Camus

The Poor Man whom everyone speaks of, the Poor Man whom everyone pities, one of the repulsive Poor from whom charitable souls keep their distance, he has still said nothing. Or, rather, he has spoken through the voice of Victor Hugo, Zola, Richepin. At least, they said so. And these shameful impostures fed their authors. Cruel irony, the Poor Man tormented with hunger feeds those who plead his case. Albert Camus

We can't do without dominating others or being served.... The essential thing, in sum, is being able to get angry without the other person being able to answer back. Albert Camus

A sub-clerk in the post-office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them. Albert Camus

That must be wonderful; I have no idea of what it means. Albert Camus

Freedom is not a gift received from the State or leader, but a possession to be won every day by the effort of each and the union of all. Albert Camus

In a universe suddenly divested of illusion and lights, man feels an alien, a stranger. His exile is without remedy since he is deprived of the memory of a lost home or the hope of a promised land. Albert Camus

The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning. Albert Camus

The absurd is sin without God. Albert Camus

I am alive again, now that I can no longer stand to live. Albert Camus

For a man who loves power, competition from the gods is annoying. I have done away with that. I have proven to these illusory godsthat a man, if he has the will, can practice, without any apprenticeship, their ridiculous trade. Albert Camus

I was comfortable in all, I admit, but at the same time, nothing satisfied me. Each joy made me seek another. Albert Camus

One recognises one's course by discovering the paths that stray from it. Albert Camus

It is impossible to give a clear account of the world, but art can teach us to reproduce it-just as the world reproduces itself in the course of its eternal gyrations. The primordial sea indefatigably repeats the same words and casts up the same astonished beings on the same sea-shore. Albert Camus

Beginning to think is beginning to be undermined. Albert Camus

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