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Albert Camus
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There is a solitude in poverty, but a solitude which restores to each thing its value. Albert Camus

Metaphysical rebellion is a claim, motivated by the concept of a complete unity, against the suffering of life and death and a protest against the human condition both for its incompleteness, thanks to death, and its wastefulness, thanks to evil. Albert Camus

Analysis of rebellion leads at least to the suspicion that, contrary to the postulates of contemporary thought, a human nature does exist, as the Greeks believed. Why rebel if there is nothing permanent in oneself worth preserving? ... Rebellion, though apparently negative, since it creates nothing, is profoundly positive in that it reveals the part of man which must always be defended. Albert Camus

The kingdom of heaven will, in fact, appear on earth , but it will be ruled over by men a mere handful to begin with, who will be the Cassars, because they were the first to understand and later, with time, by all men. Albert Camus

From Paul to Stalin, the popes who have chosen Caesar have prepared the way for Caesars who quickly learn to despise popes. Albert Camus

To grow old is to pass from passion to compassion. Albert Camus

In order to exist, man must rebel. Albert Camus

Can one be a saint if God does not exist? That is the only concrete problem I know of today. Albert Camus

To live is to hurt others, and through others, to hurt oneself. Cruel earth! How can we manage not to touch anything? To find what ultimate exile? Albert Camus

Freedom of the press is perhaps the freedom that has suffered the most from the gradual degradation of the idea of liberty. Albert Camus

A sub-clerk in the post office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them. All experiences are indifferent in this regard. There are some that do either a service or a disservice to man. They do him a service if he is conscious. Otherwise, that has no importance: a man's failures imply judgment, not of circumstances, but of himself. Albert Camus

In fact, other people create for lack of power. I, on the other hand, do not need a work: I live. Albert Camus

I am too far away from what I love and my distance is without remedy. Albert Camus

God is not necessary to create culpability, or to punish. Our fellow men are enough for that, helped by ourselves. Albert Camus

What is a firm hand to me, of what use to me is this astonishing power if I cannot change the order of things, if I cannot make the sun set in the east, that suffering diminish and that beings no longer die? Albert Camus

The mistake that men make is that they do not believe in theater. Otherwise, they would know that every man is allowed to play thecelestial tragedies and to become god. All he has to do is harden his heart. Albert Camus

Nihilism is not only despair and negation, but above all the desire to despair and to negate. Albert Camus

... it is true that I do not respect [human life] more than I respect my own life. And if it is easy for me to kill, that is because it is difficult for me to die. Albert Camus

And for all his life it would be kindness and love that made him cry, never pain or persecution, which on the contrary only reinforced his spirit and his resolution. Albert Camus

My dear friend, we mustn't give them even the slightest excuse to judge us! Otherwise, we end up in pieces. Albert Camus

In order to be created, a work of art must first make use of the dark forces of the soul Albert Camus

Maman used to say that you can always find something to be happy about. Albert Camus

It was previously a question of finding out whether or not life had to have a meaning to be lived. It now becomes clear on the contrary that it will be lived all the better if it has no meaning Albert Camus

There is so much stubborn hope in the human heart. Albert Camus

...he was conscious of the disastrous fact that love and desire must be expressed in the same way... Albert Camus

Yes, and when the love of life disappears, no meaning can console us. 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

Betrayal answers betrayal, the mask of love is answered by the disappearance of love. Albert Camus

Whatever prevents you from doing your work has become your work. Albert Camus

I make myself strict rules in order to correct my nature. But it is my nature that i finally obey. Albert Camus

But what does it mean, the plague? It's life, that's all. Albert Camus

To remain a man in today's world, one must have not only unfailing energy and unwavering intensity, one must also have a little luck. Albert Camus

Whoever gives nothing, has nothing. The greatest misfortune is not to be unloved, but not to love. Albert Camus

That's the way man is, cher monsieur. He has two faces: he can't love without self-love. Albert Camus

Believe me there is no such thing as great suffering, great regret, great memory....everything is forgotten, even a great love. That's what's sad about life, and also what's wonderful about it. There is only a way of looking at things, a way that comes to you every once in a while. That's why it's good to have had love in your life after all, to have had an unhappy passion- it gives you an alibi for the vague despairs we all suffer from. Albert Camus

You make the mistake of thinking you have to choose, that you have to do what you want, that there are conditions for happiness. What matters- all that matters, really- is the will to happiness, a kind of enormous, ever present consciousness. The rest- women, art, success- is nothing but excuses. A canvas waiting for our embroideries. Albert Camus

Nothing in the world is worth turning one's back on what one loves. Albert Camus

But it's not easy. I've been thinking it over for years. While we loved each other we didn't need words to make ourselves understood. But people don't love forever. A time came when I should have found the words to keep her with me, only I couldn't. Albert Camus

I felt as though I was partly unlearning what i had never learned and yet knew so well: I mean, how to live. Albert Camus

She was waiting, but she didn't know for what. She was aware only of her solitude, and of the penetrating cold, and of a greater weight in the region of her heart. 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

Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offers us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time. Albert Camus

At one time or another all normal people have wished their loved ones were dead. Albert Camus

I knew that I had shattered the harmony of the day, the exceptional silence of a beach where I'd been happy. Then I fired four more times at the motionless body where the bullets lodged without leaving a trace. And it was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness. Albert Camus

Big tears of frustration and exhaustion were streaming down his cheeks. But because of all the wrinkles, they weren't dripping off. They spread out and ran together again, leaving a watery film over his ruined face. Albert Camus

We are all exceptional cases. We all want to appeal against something! Each of us insists on being innocent at all cost, even if he has to accuse the whole human race and heaven itself. Albert Camus

Without freedom there is no art. Albert Camus

In our wildest aberrations we dream of an equilibrium we have left behind and which we naively expect to find at the end of our errors. Childish presumption which justifies the fact that child-nations, inheriting our follies, are now directing our history. Albert Camus

The world in which we were called to exist was an absurd world, and there was no other in which we could take refuge. Albert Camus

No longer were there individual destinies; only a collective destiny, made of plague and emotions shared by all. Albert Camus

In the world there is, parallel to the force of death and constraint, an enormous force of persuasion that is called culture. Albert Camus

Politics and the fate of mankind are formed by men without ideals and without greatness. Those who have greatness within them do not go in for politics. Albert Camus

A character is never the author who created him. It is quite likely, however, that an author may be all his characters simultaneously. Albert Camus

More and more, when faced with the world of men, the only reaction is one of individualism. Man alone is an end unto himself. Everything one tries to do for the common good ends in failure. Albert Camus

To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art. Albert Camus

For the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe. To feel it so like myself, indeed so brotherly, made me realize that I'd been happy, and that I was happy still. Albert Camus

Europe has lived on its contradictions, flourished on its differences, and, constantly transcending itself thereby, has created a civilization on which the whole world depends even when rejecting it. This is why I do not believe in a Europe unified under the weight of an ideology or of a technocracy that overlooked these differences. Albert Camus

We are not certain, we are never certain. Albert Camus

One cannot be a part-time nihilist. Albert Camus

The aim of art, the aim of a life can only be to increase the sum of freedom and responsibility to be found in every man and in the world. It cannot, under any circumstances, be to reduce or suppress that freedom, even temporarily. No great work has ever been based on hatred and contempt. On the contrary, there is not a single true work of art that has not in the end added to the inner freedom of each person who has known and loved it. Albert Camus

But sometimes it takes more courage to live than to shoot yourself. Albert Camus

When I was young I asked more of people than they could give: everlasting friendship, endless feeling. Now I know to ask less of them than they can give: a straightforward companionship. And their feelings, their friendship, their generous actions seem in my eyes to be wholly miraculous: a consequence of grace alone. Albert Camus

He knew now that it was his own will to happiness which must make the next move. But if he was to do so, he realized that he must come to terms with time, that to have time was at once the most magnificent and the most dangerous of experiments. Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre. Albert Camus

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

It is easier to kill what we do not know. Albert Camus

We have art in order not to die of life. Albert Camus

Since we're all going to die, it's obvious that when and how don't matter. Albert Camus

Have you no hope at all? And do you really live with the thought that when you die, you die, and nothing remains?" "Yes," I said. Albert Camus

Ironic philosophies produce passionate works. Albert Camus

Human rebellion ends in metaphysical revolution. It progresses from appearances to acts, from the dandy to the revolutionary. Albert Camus



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