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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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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 marry a woman who you love and who loves you is to lay a wager with her as to who will stop loving the other first. Albert Camus
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Every revolution ends by becoming either an oppressor or a heretic. 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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To live is in itself a value judgment. To breathe is to judge. 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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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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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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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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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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Over there, in Europe, all was shame and anger. Here it was exile or solitude, among these languid and agitated madmen who danced in order to die. 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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Mon cher ami, let's not give them any pretext, no matter how small, for judging us!!! Otherwise, we'll be left in shreds. We are forced to take the same precautions as the animal trainer. If, before going into the cage, he has the misfortune to cut himself while shaving, what a feast for the wild animals!! Albert Camus
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All healthy men have thought of their own suicide 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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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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If one could only say just once: 'this is clear', all would be saved Albert Camus
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Who taught you all this, doctor?" The reply came promptly: "Suffering. Albert Camus
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There can be no question of holding forth on ethics. I have seen people behave badly with great morality and I note every day that integrity has no need of rules Albert Camus
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The urge to revolt is one of the essential dimensions of human nature. Albert Camus
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The most loathsome materialism is not the kind people usually think of, but the sort that attempts to let dead ideas pass for living realities, diverting into sterile myths the stubborn and lucid attention we give to what we have within us that must forever die. Albert Camus
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Every authentic work of art is a gift offered to the future. Albert Camus
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This absurd, godless world is, then, peopled with men who think clearly and have ceased to hope. And I have not yet spoken of the most absurd character, who is the creator. Albert Camus
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Creating is living doubly. The groping, anxious quest of a Proust, his meticulous collecting of flowers, of wallpapers, and of anxieties, signifies nothing else. 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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Those who write clearly have readers. 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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Every time I hear a political speech or I read those of our leaders, I am horrified at having, for years, heard nothing which sounded human. It is always the same words telling the same lies. And the fact that men accept this, that the people's anger has not destroyed these hollow clowns, strikes me as proof that men attribute no importance to the way they are governed; that they gamble - yes, gamble - with a whole part of their life and their so called 'vital interests. Albert Camus
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Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee? Albert Camus
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You always get exaggerated notions about things you don't know anything about. Albert Camus
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The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown. Albert Camus
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Ah cher ami, how poor in invention men are! They are They always think one commits suicide for a reason. But it's quite possible to commit suicide for two reasons. No, that never occurs to them. So what's the good of dying intentionally, of sacrificing yourself to the idea you want people to have of you? Once you are dead, they will take advantage of it to attribute idiotic or vulgar motives to your action. Martyrs, cher ami, must choose between being forgotten, mocked, or made use of. As for being understood-never! Albert Camus
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Believe me, for certain men at least, not taking what one doesn't desire is the hardest thing in the world. Albert Camus
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Here lives a free man. Nobody serves him. 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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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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