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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

There are people who vindicate the world, who help others live just by their presence. Albert Camus

The Four Conditions of Happiness: Life in the open air, Love for another being,Freedom from ambition,Creation Albert Camus

Myths are made for the imagination to breath life into them. Albert Camus

It is not rebellion itself which is noble but the demands it makes upon us. Albert Camus

...the play of the toughest and most lucid mind are at the same time both lavished andsquandered. Albert Camus

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

I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day. Albert Camus

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest-whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories-comes afterwards. These are games. Albert Camus

What I know most surely about morality and the duty of man I owe to sport. Albert Camus

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

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

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

There is no fate that can not be surmounted by scorn. If the descent is thus sometimes performed in sorrow, it can also take place in joy. This word is not too much. Again I fancy Sisyphus returning toward his rock, and the sorrow was in the beginning. Albert Camus

Absolute freedom mocks at justice. Absolute justice denies freedom. To be fruitful, the two ideas must find their limits in each other. Albert Camus

I rebel - therefore we exist. Albert Camus

Manhattan. Sometimes from beyond the skyscrapers, across of thousands of high walls, the cry of a tugboat finds you in your insomnia in the middle of the night, and you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island. Albert Camus

To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself. We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die. Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth. Albert Camus

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

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

There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for. Albert Camus

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear. Albert Camus

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

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

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

Always go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth Albert Camus

And indeed it could be said that once the faintest stirring of hope became possible, the dominion of plague was ended. Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. Albert Camus

Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them. Albert Camus

What is a rebel? A man who says no: but whose refusal does not imply a renunciation. Albert Camus

As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means. Albert Camus

Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep. Albert Camus

At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures - be what he is. And, above all, accept these things. Albert Camus

The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind. Albert Camus

Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price of goods that they cannot do without. Albert Camus

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity. Albert Camus

We turn toward God only to obtain the impossible. Albert Camus

After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk of the most dreadful of deaths, whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion. Albert Camus

It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money. Albert Camus

Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face. Albert Camus

All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football. Albert Camus

How hard, how bitter it is to become a man! Albert Camus

I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. Albert Camus

Violence is both unavoidable and unjustifiable. Albert Camus

For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. Albert Camus

Real fulfillment, for the man who allows absolutely free rein to his desires, and who much dominate everything, lies in hatred. Albert Camus

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

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

As soon as one does not kill oneself, one must keep silent about life. Albert Camus

A liking for truth at any cost is a passion that spares nothing and that nothing resists. It's a vice, at times a comfort, or a selfishness. Albert Camus

What, then, is that incalculable feeling that deprives the mind of the sleep necessary to life? A world that can be explained even with bad reasons is a familiar world. But, on the other hand, in a universe suddenly divested of illusions 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. This divorce between man and his life, the actor and his setting, is properly the feeling of absurdity. Albert Camus

Time will prolong time, and life will serve life. In this field that is both limited and bulging with possibilities, everything to himself, except his lucidity, seems unforeseeable to him. What rule, then, could emanate from that unreasonable order? The only truth that might seem instructive to him is not formal: it comes to life and unfolds in men. The absurd mind cannot so much expect ethical rules at the end of its reasoning as, rather, illustrations and the breath of human lives. Albert Camus

From Pandora's Box, where all the ills of humanity swarmed, the Greeks drew out hope after all the others, as the most dreadful of all. I know no more stirring symbol; for, contrary to the general belief, hope equals resignation. And to live is not to resign oneself. Albert Camus

The temptation shared by all forms of intelligence: cynicism. Albert Camus

Happiness is not everything and men have their duties. Mine is to find my mother, a homeland Albert Camus

In Holland, everyone is an expert in painting and in tulips. Albert Camus

Being is good, but getting rich is better.... If the gods had only the riches of men's adoration, they would be as poor as poor Caligula. Albert Camus

Even when one sits in the prisoner's dock, it is interesting to hear talk about oneself. Albert Camus

In truth, I was so good at being a man, with such plenitude and simplicity, that I thought I was something of a superman. Albert Camus



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