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Albert Camus
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In Oran, as elsewhere, for want of time and thought, people have to love one another without knowing it. Albert Camus
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For the absurd man, it is not a matter of explaining and solving, but of experiencing and describing. Everything begins with lucid indifference. Albert Camus
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There is not one talent for living and another for creating. The same suffices for both. And one can be sure that the talent that could not produce but an artificial work could not sustain but a frivolous life. Albert Camus
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In our well-policed society we recognize that an illness is serious from the fact that we don't dare speak of it directly. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Always go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth 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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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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One cannot be a part-time nihilist. Albert Camus
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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
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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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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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This world, such as it is, is not tolerable. Therefore I need the moon, or happiness, or immortality, I need something which is perhaps demented, but which is not of this world. Albert Camus
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To begin with, poor people's memory is less nourished than that of a rich; it has fewer landmarks in space because they seldom leave the place where they live, and fewer reference points in time throughtout lives that are grey and featureless. 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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Betrayal answers betrayal, the mask of love is answered by the disappearance of love. 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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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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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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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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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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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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What is a rebel? A man who says no: but whose refusal does not imply a renunciation. Albert Camus
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As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means. Albert Camus
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Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep. Albert Camus
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