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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Four Conditions of Happiness: Life in the open air, Love for another being,Freedom from ambition,Creation 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Charm is a way of getting the answer 'Yes' without asking a clear question. Albert Camus
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To be happy we must not be too concerned with others. Albert Camus
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We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives... inside ourselves. Albert Camus
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No matter what cause one defends, it will suffer permanent disgrace if one resorts to blind attacks on crowds of innocent people. Albert Camus
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To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Albert Camus
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We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead. Albert Camus
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We are all special cases. Albert Camus
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One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves. Albert Camus
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The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm. Albert Camus
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Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic. Albert Camus
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There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed. Albert Camus
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