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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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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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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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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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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 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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Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable. 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, 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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