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Albert Camus
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A novel is never anything but a philosophy put into images. Albert Camus
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This heart within me I can feel, and I judge that it exists. This world I can touch, and likewise I can judge that it exists. There ends all my knowledge, and the rest is construction. 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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The preceding merely defines a way of thinking. But the point is to live. Albert Camus
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One recognizes one's course by discovering the paths that stray from it. Albert Camus
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A punishment that penalizes without forestalling is indeed called revenge. Albert Camus
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I sometimes think of what future historians will say of us. A single sentence will suffice for modern man: He fornicated and read the papers. Albert Camus
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Can one be a saint without God? That's the problem, in fact the only problem, I'm up against today. Albert Camus
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I know with certainty that a man's work is nothing but the long journey to recover, through the detours of art, the two or three simple and great images which first gained access to his heart. 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 toward death, the body maintains its irreparable lead. 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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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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There was a time when I didn't at any minute have the slightest idea how I could reach the next one. Yes, one can wage war in this world, ape love, torture one's fellow man, or merely say evil of one's neighbour while knitting. But, in certain cases, carrying on, merely continuing, is superhuman. 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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To create is likewise to give a shape to one's fate Albert Camus
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Thinking is learning all over again how to see, directing one's consciousness, making of every image a privileged place. Albert Camus
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Modern conquerors can kill, but do not seem to be able to create. Artists know how to create but cannot really kill. Murderers are only very exceptionally found among artists. 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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Cruel irony, the poor man tormented with hunger feeds those who plead his case. 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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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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In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger - something better, pushing right back. Albert Camus
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It is not true that the heart wears out - but the body creates this illusion. Albert Camus
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By giving too much importance to fine actions one may end by paying an indirect but powerful tribute to evil, because in so doing one implies that such fine actions are only valuable because they are rare, and that malice or indifference are far more common motives in the actions of men. Albert Camus
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And I too, felt ready to start life all over again. It was as if that great rush of anger had washed me clean, emptied me of hope, and, gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe. Albert Camus
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It is better for the intellectual not to talk all the time. To begin with, it would exhaust him, and, above all, it would keep him from thinking. He must create if he can, first and foremost, especially if his creation does not side-step the problems of his time. Albert Camus
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But above all, in order to be, never try to seem. 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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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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Those who write clearly have readers. Albert Camus
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To lose the touch of flowers and women's hands is the supreme separation. Albert Camus
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Thinking of the future, establishing aims for oneself, having preferences-all this presupposes a belief in freedom, even if one occasionally ascertains that one doesn't feel it. Albert Camus
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Obstinacy alone is not a virtue. Albert Camus
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The society of merchants can be defined as a society in which things disappear in favor of signs. When a ruling class measures its fortunes, not by the acre of land or the ingot of gold, but by the number of figures corresponding ideally to a certain number of exchange operations, it thereby condemns itself to setting a certain kind of humbug at the center of its experience and its universe. A society founded on signs is, in its essence, an artificial society in which man's carnal truth is handled as something artificial. Albert Camus
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Utopia is that which is in contradiction with reality. 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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Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that's what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity. Albert Camus
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Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. Albert Camus
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All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door. Albert Camus
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Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future. Albert Camus
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It's a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money. Albert Camus
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Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to live with as it is elating. We must march toward these two goals, painfully but resolutely, certain in advance of our failings on so long a road. Albert Camus
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Every great work makes the human face more admirable and richer, and that is its whole secret. Albert Camus
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At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face. Albert Camus
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Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness. Albert Camus
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To govern means to pillage, as everyone knows. Albert Camus
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The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants. Albert Camus
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Every artist preserves deep within him a single source from which, throughout his lifetime, he draws what he is, and what he says. When the source dries up, the work withers and crumbles. Albert Camus
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Working conditions for me have always been those of the monastic life: solitude and frugality. Except for frugality, they are contrary to my nature, so much so that work is a violence I do to myself. Albert Camus
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