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Albert Camus
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I have the loftiest idea, and the most passionate one, of art. Much too lofty to agree to subject it to anything. Much too passionate to want to divorce it from anything. Albert Camus
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In a world that has ceased to believe in sin, the artist is responsible for the preaching. 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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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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Everyone would like to behave like a pagan, with everyone else behaving like a Christian. Albert Camus
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You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer 'yes' without having asked any clear question. 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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The temptation shared by all forms of intelligence: cynicism. Albert Camus
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Happiness is not everything and men have their duties. Mine is to find my mother, a homeland Albert Camus
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In Holland, everyone is an expert in painting and in tulips. Albert Camus
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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
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Even when one sits in the prisoner's dock, it is interesting to hear talk about oneself. Albert Camus
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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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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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To live is in itself a value judgment. To breathe is to judge. 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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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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You have so much inside you, and the noblest happiness of all. Don't just wait for a man to come along. That's the mistake so many women make. Find your happiness in yourself. Albert Camus
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Somebody has to have the last word. If not, every argument could be opposed by another and we'd never be done with it. Albert Camus
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There is a metaphysical honour in ending the world's absurdity. Conquest or play-acting, multiple loves, absurd revolt are tributes that man pays to his dignity in a campaign in which he is defeated in advance.... War cannot be negated. One must live it or die of it. So it is with the absurd: it is a question of breathing with it, of recognizing its lessons and recovering their flesh. In this regard the absurd joy par excellence is creation. "Art and nothing but art", said Nietzsche, "we have art in order not to die of the truth." Albert Camus
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We must admit that today conformity is on the Left. To be sure, the Right is not brilliant. But the Left is in complete decadence, a prisoner of words, caught in its own vocabulary, capable merely of stereotyped replies, constantly at a loss when faced with truth, from which it nevertheless claimed to derive its laws. The Left is schizophrenic and needs doctoring through pitiless self-criticism, exercise of the heart, close reasoning, and a little modesty. Albert Camus
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A man who has become conscious of the absurd is for ever bound to it. Albert Camus
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Life is meaningless, but worth living, provided you recognize it's meaningless. Albert Camus
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It is always easy to be logical. It is almost impossible to be logical to the bitter end. Albert Camus
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If one could only say just once: 'this is clear', all would be saved Albert Camus
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The certainty of a God giving meaning to life far surpasses in attractiveness the ability to behave badly with impunity. The choice would not be hard to make. But there is no choice and that is where the bitterness comes in. The absurd does not liberate; it binds. Albert Camus
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When I see a new face, something sets off an alarm bell inside me. 'slow down! Danger!' Even when the attraction is strongest, I am on my guard. Albert Camus
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We're going forward, but nothing changes. Albert Camus
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Here lives a free man. Nobody serves him. Albert Camus
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Perhaps we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which children are tortured. But we can reduce the number of tortured children. Albert Camus
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A lot of jobs don't allow you to be who you are. There is dignity in work only when it is work freely accepted. Albert Camus
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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 Plague") Albert Camus
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Many fledgling moralists in those days were going about our town proclaiming there was nothing to be done about it and we should bow to the inevitable. And Tarrou, Rieux, and their friends might give one answer or another, but its conclusion was always the same, their certitude that a fight must be put up, in this way or that, and there must be no bowing down... There was nothing admirable about this attitude; it was merely logical. Albert Camus
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To two men living the same number of years, the world always provides the same sum of experiences. It is up to us to be conscious of them. Albert Camus
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Utopia is that which is in contradiction with reality. Albert Camus
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Then we understand that rebellion cannot exist without a strange form of love. Those who find no rest in God or in history are condemned to live for those who, like themselves, cannot live; in fact, for the humiliated. Albert Camus
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The truth, as the light, makes blind. Albert Camus
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We know the surrealist solution: concrete irrationality, objective risk. Poetry is the conquest, the only possible conquest, of the 'supreme position', 'a certain position of the mind from where life and death, the real and the imaginary, the past and the future... cease to be perceived in a contradictory sense.' Albert Camus
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A person I knew used to divide human beings into three categories: those who prefer to have nothing to hide rather than being obliged to lie, those who prefer lying to having nothing to hide, and finally those who like both lying and the hidden. 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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Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself. Albert Camus
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Nature is a burning and frigid, transparent and limited universe in which nothing is possible but everything is given. Albert Camus
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I explained to him, however, that my nature was such that my physical needs often got in the way of my feelings. Albert Camus
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Je puis nier une chose sans me croire oblige de la salir ou de retirer aux autres le droit d'y croire. Albert Camus
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Yes, I know what passion would fill me with all its power. Before, I was too young. I got in the way. Now I know that acting and loving and suffering is living, of course, but it's only living insofar as you can be transparent and accept your fate, like the unique reflection of a rainbow of joys and passions which is the same for everyone. Albert Camus
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Whereas the Greeks gave to will the boundaries of reason, we have come to put the will's impulse in the very center of reason, which has, as a result, become deadly. Albert Camus
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I have not stopped loving that which is sacred in this world. Albert Camus
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But, you know, I feel more fellowship with the defeated than with saints. Heroism and sanctity don't really appeal to me, I imagine. What interests me is being a man. Albert Camus
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Because there is nothing here than invites us to cherish unhappy lovers. Nothing is more vain than to die for love. What we ought to do is live. Albert Camus
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All I know of morality I learned from football Albert Camus
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To think is first of all to create a world (or to limit one's own world, which comes to the same thing). Albert Camus
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There exists an obvious fact that seems utterly moral: namely, that a man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them. One has to pay something. A man who has become conscious of the absurd is forever bound to it. Albert Camus
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For the existentials, negation is their God. To be precise, that god is maintained only through the negation of human reason. But, like suicides, gods change with men. Albert Camus
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In this respect, our townsfolk were like everybody else, wrapped up in themselves; in other words, they were humanists: they disbelieved in pestilences. A pestilence isn't a thing made to man's measure; therefore we tell ourselves that pestilence is a mere bogy of the mind, a bad dream that will pass away. But it doesn't always pass away and, from one bad dream to another, it is men who pass away, and the humanists first of all, because they have taken no precautions. Albert Camus
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Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken. Albert Camus
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I know of only one duty, and that is to love. Albert Camus
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