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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 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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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
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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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Betrayal answers betrayal, the mask of love is answered by the disappearance of love. Albert Camus
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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
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Whoever gives nothing, has nothing. The greatest misfortune is not to be unloved, but not to love. 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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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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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
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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
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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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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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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
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Absolute freedom mocks at justice. Absolute justice denies freedom. To be fruitful, the two ideas must find their limits in each other. Albert Camus
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I rebel - therefore we exist. Albert Camus
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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
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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 shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day. Albert Camus
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Myths are made for the imagination to breath life into them. 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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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
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What I know most surely about morality and the duty of man I owe to sport. Albert Camus
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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
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It is necessary to fall in love... if only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway. Albert Camus
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Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. Albert Camus
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Because,' Cormery went on, 'when I was very young, very foolish, and very much alone ... you paid attention to me and, without seeming to, you opened for me the door to everything I love in the world. Albert Camus
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What really counted was the possibility of escape, a leap of freedom, out of the implacable ritual, a wild run for it that would give whatever chance for hope there was. Of course, hope meant being cut down on some street corner, as you ran like mad, by a random bullet. But when I really thought it through, nothing was going to allow me such a luxury. Everything was against it; I would just be caught up in the machinery again. Albert Camus
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life is a story and god is author.life is absurd.I think so. Albert Camus
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My chief occupation, despite appearances, has always been love. Albert Camus
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They knew now that if there is one thing one can always yearn for, and sometimes attain, it is human love. Albert Camus
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I see many people die because they judge that life is not worth living. I see others paradoxically getting killed for the ideas or illusions that give them a reason for living (what is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying). I therefore conclude that the meaning of life is the most urgent of questions. Albert Camus
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He had been bored, that's all, bored like most people. Hence he had made himself out of whole cloth a life full of complications and drama. Something must happen - and that explains most human commitments. Something must happen, even loveless slavery, even war or death. Hurray then for funerals! Albert Camus
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maybe she had become tired of being the girlfriend of a condemned man. It also occured to me that maybe she was sick, or dead. These things happen. [...] Anyway, after that, remembering Marie meant nothing to me. That seemed perfectly normal to me, since I understood very well that people would forget me when I was dead. Albert Camus
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I do not want to found anything on the incomprehensible. I want to know whether I can live with what I know and with that alone. Albert Camus
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