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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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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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I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. Albert Camus
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All men have a sweetness in their life. That is what helps them go on. It is towards that they turn when they feel too worn out. Albert Camus
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I cling like a miser to the freedom that disappears as soon as there is an excess of things. Albert Camus
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I hadn't understood how days could be both long and short at the same time: long to live through, maybe, but so drawn out that they ended up flowing into one another. They lost their names. Only 'yesterday' and 'tomorrow' still had any meaning for me. Albert Camus
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Men are never convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity, of the seriousness of your sufferings, except by your death. So long as you are alive, your case is doubtful; you have a right only to their skepticism. 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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A craving for freedom and independence is generated only in a man still living on hope. 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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Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny. Albert Camus
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Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions. Albert Camus
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When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it. Albert Camus
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Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators. Albert Camus
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To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one's landlady. Albert Camus
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Conscious of not being able to separate myself from my time, I have decided to become part of it. Albert Camus
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The day when I am no more than a writer I shall cease to be a writer. 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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Absolute virtue is impossible and the republic of forgiveness leads, with implacable logic, to the republic of the guillotine. Albert Camus
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What, in fact, is a novel but a universe in which action is endowed with form, where final words are pronounced, where people possess one another completely, and where life assumes the aspect of destiny? Albert Camus
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Intelligence in chains loses in lucidity what it gains in intensity. Albert Camus
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In the next few years the struggle will not be between utopia and reality, but between different utopias, each trying to impose itself on reality ... we can no longer hope to save everything, but ... we can at least try to save lives, so that some kind of future, if perhaps not the ideal one, will remain possible. Albert Camus
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When the body is sad, the heart languishes. Albert Camus
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Happiness too is inevitable. Albert Camus
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A living man can be enslaved and reduced to the historic condition of an object. But if he dies in refusing to be enslaved, he reaffirms the existence of another kind of human nature which refuses to be classified as an object. Albert Camus
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Il y a dans les hommes plus de choses a' admirer que de choses a' me priser. There are more things to admire in people than to despise. Albert Camus
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There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined. Albert Camus
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If absolute truth belongs to anyone in this world, it certainly does not belong to the man or party that claims to possess it. Albert Camus
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An intellectual? Yes. And never deny it. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched. "Can they be brought together?" This is a practical question. We must get down to it. "I despise intelligence" really means: "I cannot bear my doubts. 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; one must first answer. Albert Camus
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There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night. Albert Camus
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In that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. Finding it so much like myself-like a brother, really-I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again. Albert Camus
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Likewise and during every day of an unillustrious life, time carries us. But a moment always comes when we have to carry it. Albert Camus
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What's true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well. It helps men to rise above themselves. Albert Camus
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And never have I felt so deeply at one and the same time so detached from myself and so present in the world. Albert Camus
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At a certain level of suffering or injustice no one can do anything for anyone. Pain is solitary. Albert Camus
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I realized then that a man who had lived only one day could easily live for a hundred years in prison. He would have enough memories to keep him from being bored Albert Camus
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To stay or to go, it amounted to the same thing. Albert Camus
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This very heart which is mine will forever remain indefinable to me. Between the certainty I have of my existence and the content I try to give to that assurance, the gap will never be filled. Forever I shall be a stranger to myself. Albert Camus
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Men and women consume one another rapidly in what is called "the act of love," or else settle down to a mild habit of conjugality. We seldom find a mean between these two extremes. Albert Camus
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The future is the only transcendental value for men without God. Albert Camus
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Death means nothing to men like me. It's the event that proves them right. Albert Camus
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Truth, like light is dazzling. By contrast, untruth is a beautiful sunset that enhances everything. Albert Camus
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but perhaps we should love what we cannot understand Albert Camus
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Only he who is uncompromising as to his rights maintains the sense of duty. Albert Camus
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It is not the world that is absurd, nor human thought: the absurd arises when the human need to understand meets the unreasonableness of the world, when 'my appetite for the absolute and for unity' meets 'the impossibility of reducing this world to a rational and reasonable principle.' Albert Camus
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Nothing is given to mankind and what little men can conquer must be paid for with unjust death. But man's grandeur lies elsewhere, in his decision to rise above his condition. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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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
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