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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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Happiness too is inevitable. 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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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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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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There is scarcely any passion without struggle. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night. 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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Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. Albert Camus
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There is the good and the bad, the great and the low, the just and the unjust. I swear to you that all that will never change. Albert Camus
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What the world requires of the Christians is that they should continue to be Christians. Albert Camus
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To abandon oneself to principles is really to die - and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love. Albert Camus
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Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason. Albert Camus
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Man is an idea, and a precious small idea once he turns his back on love. 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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It's better to bet on this life than on the next. Albert Camus
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There is merely bad luck in not being loved; there is misfortune in not loving. All of us, today, are dying of this misfortune. For violence and hatred dry up the heart itself; the long fight for justice exhausts the love that nevertheless gave birth to it. Albert Camus
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... there are two types of happiness and I have chosen that of the murderers. For I am happy. There was a time when I thought I had reached the limit of distress. Beyond that limit, there is a sterile and magnificent happiness. Albert Camus
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People believe a man is in distress because his loved one dies in one day. But his real pain is less futile: it is that he finds out that sadness too does not last. Even pain has no meaning. Albert Camus
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If man is reduced to being nothing but a character in history, he has no other choice but to subside into the sound and fury of acompletely irrational history or to endow history with the form of human reason. Albert Camus
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Do not be surprised. I do not like writers and I cannot stand their lies. They speak so as not to listen to themselves speak. If they did listen, they would know that they are nothing and then they would no longer be able to speak. Albert Camus
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[Many artists], even the greatest ones, are not sure of their own existence. So they search for proof, they judge, they condemn. It strengthens them, it is the beginnings of existence. They are alone! Albert Camus
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[Paris] is dirty. It has pigeons and black yards. The people have white skin. Albert Camus
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Something must happen; that is the reason for most human relationships. Something must happen; even servitude in love, in war, ordeath. Albert Camus
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The world is unimportant and whoever recognizes this conquers his liberty. Albert Camus
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I always found misogyny vulgar and stupid, and I found almost all the women I have known to be my betters. However, placing them so high, I used them more often than I served them. How does one make sense of this? Albert Camus
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... habit starts at the second crime. At the first one, something is ending. Albert Camus
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I knew a pure heart who refused tot be mistrustful.... He had written at his doorstep: "From wherever you are, enter and be welcome". Who do you think responded to this lovely invitation? The militia, who made themselves at home and gutted him. Albert Camus
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The French Revolution gave birth to no artists but only to a great journalist, Desmoulins, and to an under-the-counter writer, Sade. The only poet of the times was the guillotine. Albert Camus
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It is easy to shield the outer body from poisoned arrows, but it is impossible to shield the mind from the poisoned darts that originate within itself. Greed, anger, foolishness and the infatuations of egoism - these four poisoned darts originate within the mind and infect it with deadly poison. Albert Camus
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Once one's up against it, the precise manner of one's death has obviously small importance. 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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