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Albert Camus
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But when a man has had only four hours' sleep he isn't sentimental. He sees things as they are: that is to say, he sees them in the garish light of justice; hideous, witless justice. Albert Camus
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Where would his torture be, indeed, if at every step the hope of succeeding upheld him? Albert Camus
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The only deep emotion I occasionally felt in these affairs was gratitude, when all was going well and I was left, not only peace, but freedom to come and go-never kinder and gayer with one woman than when I had just left another's bed, as if I extended to all others the debt I had just contracted toward one of them. Albert Camus
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Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre. 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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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
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No longer were there individual destinies; only a collective destiny, made of plague and emotions shared by all. Albert Camus
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In the world there is, parallel to the force of death and constraint, an enormous force of persuasion that is called culture. 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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The Four Conditions of Happiness: Life in the open air, Love for another being,Freedom from ambition,Creation Albert Camus
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Whatever prevents you from doing your work has become your work. Albert Camus
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I make myself strict rules in order to correct my nature. But it is my nature that i finally obey. Albert Camus
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But what does it mean, the plague? It's life, that's all. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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
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To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art. 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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After a short silence the doctor raised himself a little in his chair and asked if Tarrou had an idea of the path to follow for attaining peace. "Yes, he replied. "The path of sympathy. Albert Camus
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There are people who vindicate the world, who help others live just by their presence. Albert Camus
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That's the way man is, cher monsieur. He has two faces: he can't love without self-love. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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Nothing in the world is worth turning one's back on what one loves. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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At one time or another all normal people have wished their loved ones were dead. 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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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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A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. Albert Camus
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An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. Albert Camus
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Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them. Albert Camus
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