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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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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
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The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind. Albert Camus
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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
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Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity. Albert Camus
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We turn toward God only to obtain the impossible. Albert Camus
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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
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It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money. Albert Camus
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Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face. Albert Camus
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All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football. Albert Camus
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How hard, how bitter it is to become a man! Albert Camus
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I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. Albert Camus
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Violence is both unavoidable and unjustifiable. Albert Camus
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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
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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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Betrayal answers betrayal, the mask of love is answered by the disappearance of love. 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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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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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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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 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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Myths are made for the imagination to breath life into them. 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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...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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It is not rebellion itself which is noble but the demands it makes upon us. Albert Camus
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Ironic philosophies produce passionate works. 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 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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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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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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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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What will be left of the power of example if it is proved that capital punishment has another power, and a very real one, which degrades men to the point of shame, madness, and murder? Albert Camus
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Imagination offers people consolation for what they cannot be, and humor for what they actually are. Albert Camus
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Paneloux is a man of learning, a scholar. He hasn't come in contact with death; that's why he can speak with such assurance of the truth-with a capital T. But every country priest who visits his parishioners and has heard a man gasping for breath on his deathbed thinks as I do. He'd try to relieve human suffering before trying to point out its goodness. Albert Camus
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This divorce between man and his life, the actor and his setting, is properly the feeling of absurdity. Albert Camus
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So all a man could win in the conflict between plague and life was knowledge and memories. Albert Camus
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As soon as one does not kill oneself, one must keep silent about life. Albert Camus
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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
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I was absent at the moment I took up the most space. Albert Camus
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Their guilt made me eloquent because I was not its victim. Albert Camus
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Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don't find meaning but "steal" some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn't make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be. Albert Camus
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To think the way you do, you have to be a man who lives either on a tremendous despair, or on a tremendous hope. On both perhaps. Albert Camus
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