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Albert Camus
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To assert in any case that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no-one in his right mind will believe this today. Albert Camus
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Each generation doubtless feels called upon to reform the world. Mine knows that it will not reform it, but its task is perhaps even greater. It consists in preventing the world from destroying itself. Albert Camus
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We rarely confide in those who are better than we are. Albert Camus
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All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State. Albert Camus
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From Paul to Stalin, the popes who have chosen Caesar have prepared the way for Caesars who quickly learn to despise popes. Albert Camus
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To grow old is to pass from passion to compassion. Albert Camus
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In order to exist, man must rebel. Albert Camus
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Can one be a saint if God does not exist? That is the only concrete problem I know of today. Albert Camus
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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
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Freedom of the press is perhaps the freedom that has suffered the most from the gradual degradation of the idea of liberty. Albert Camus
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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
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Real fulfillment, for the man who allows absolutely free rein to his desires, and who much dominate everything, lies in hatred. Albert Camus
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In every rebellion is to be found the metaphysical demand for unity, the impossibility of capturing it, and the construction of a substitute universe. Albert Camus
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The contradiction is this: man rejects the world as it is, without accepting the necessity of escaping it. In fact, men cling to the world and by far the majority do not want to abandon it. Albert Camus
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She was wearing a pair of my pajamas with the sleeves rolled up. When she laughed I wanted her again. A minute later she asked me if I loved her. I told her it didn't mean anything but that I didn't think so. She looked sad. But as we were fixing lunch, and for no apparent reason, she laughed in such a way that I kissed her. Albert Camus
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At the age of 40, having ordered meat very rare in restaurants all his life, he realized he actually liked it medium and not at all rare. Albert Camus
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His own faith, however, was not lacking in virtues since it consisted in acknowledging obscurely that he would be granted much without ever deserving anything. Albert Camus
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If the only significant history of human thought were to be written, it would have to be the history of its successive regrets and its impotences. Albert Camus
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Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth. Albert Camus
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When a war breaks out, people say: "It's too stupid; it can't last long." But though a war may well be "too stupid," that doesn't prevent its lasting. Stupidity has a knack of getting its way; as we should see if we were not always so much wrapped up in ourselves. Albert Camus
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There is always a certain hour of the day and of the night when a man's courage is at its lowest ebb, and it was that hour only that he feared. Albert Camus
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There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for. Albert Camus
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Betrayal answers betrayal, the mask of love is answered by the disappearance of love. Albert Camus
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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
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My dear friend, we mustn't give them even the slightest excuse to judge us! Otherwise, we end up in pieces. Albert Camus
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In order to be created, a work of art must first make use of the dark forces of the soul Albert Camus
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Maman used to say that you can always find something to be happy about. Albert Camus
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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
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There is so much stubborn hope in the human heart. Albert Camus
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...he was conscious of the disastrous fact that love and desire must be expressed in the same way... Albert Camus
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Ironic philosophies produce passionate works. Albert Camus
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Human rebellion ends in metaphysical revolution. It progresses from appearances to acts, from the dandy to the revolutionary. Albert Camus
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Without freedom there is no art. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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In fact, other people create for lack of power. I, on the other hand, do not need a work: I live. Albert Camus
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I am too far away from what I love and my distance is without remedy. Albert Camus
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God is not necessary to create culpability, or to punish. Our fellow men are enough for that, helped by ourselves. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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Nihilism is not only despair and negation, but above all the desire to despair and to negate. Albert Camus
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... 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
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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
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But sometimes it takes more courage to live than to shoot yourself. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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If, after all, men cannot always make history have a meaning, they can always act so that their own lives have one. Albert Camus
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It is easier to kill what we do not know. Albert Camus
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We have art in order not to die of life. Albert Camus
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Since we're all going to die, it's obvious that when and how don't matter. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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We are not certain, we are never certain. Albert Camus
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Yes, and when the love of life disappears, no meaning can console us. Albert Camus
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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
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Always go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth Albert Camus
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And indeed it could be said that once the faintest stirring of hope became possible, the dominion of plague was ended. Albert Camus
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I like these people swarming on the sidewalks, wedged into a little space of houses and canals, hemmed in by fogs, cold lands, and the sea streaming like a wet wash. I like them, for they are double. They are here and elsewhere. Albert Camus
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But again and again there comes a time in history when the man who dares to say that two and two make four is punished with death. The schoolteacher is well aware of this. And the question is not one of knowing what punishment or reward attends the making of this calculation. The question is one of knowing whether two and two do make four Albert Camus
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Do you believe in God, doctor?" No - but what does that really mean? I'm fumbling in the dark, struggling to make something out. But I've long ceased finding that original. Albert Camus
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Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear. Albert Camus
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A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad. Albert Camus
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Mostly, I could tell, I made him feel uncomfortable. He didn't understand me, and he was sort of holding it against me. I felt the urge to reassure him that I was like everybody else, just like everybody else. But really there wasn't much point, and I gave up the idea out of laziness. Albert Camus
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There was the same dazzling red glare. The sea gasped for air with each shallow, stifled wave that broke on the sand. ...with every blade of light that flashed off the sand, from a bleached shell or a peice of broken glass, my jaws tightened. I walked for a long time. Albert Camus
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It is not rebellion itself which is noble but the demands it makes upon us. Albert Camus
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...the play of the toughest and most lucid mind are at the same time both lavished andsquandered. Albert Camus
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Moreover, most people, assuming they had not altogether abandoned religious observances, or did not combine them naively with a thoroughly immoral way of living, had replace normal religious practice by more or less extravagant superstitions. Albert Camus
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Don't let them tell us stories. Don't let them say of the man sentenced to death He is going to pay his debt to society, but: They are going to cut off his head. It looks like nothing. But it does make a little difference. And then there are people who prefer to look their fate in the eye. Albert Camus
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The absurd does not liberate; it binds. It does not authorize all actions. Everything is permitted does not mean that nothing is forbidden. Albert Camus
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Opinions differ as to the reasons why he became the futile laborer of the underworld. To begin with, he is accused of a certain levity in regard to the gods. He stole their secrets. Albert Camus
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