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Albert Camus
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I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. Albert Camus

All men have a sweetness in their life. That is what helps them go on. It is towards that they turn when they feel too worn out. Albert Camus

I cling like a miser to the freedom that disappears as soon as there is an excess of things. Albert Camus

It is necessary to fall in love... if only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway. Albert Camus

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. Albert Camus

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

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

Because,' Cormery went on, 'when I was very young, very foolish, and very much alone ... you paid attention to me and, without seeming to, you opened for me the door to everything I love in the world. Albert Camus

What really counted was the possibility of escape, a leap of freedom, out of the implacable ritual, a wild run for it that would give whatever chance for hope there was. Of course, hope meant being cut down on some street corner, as you ran like mad, by a random bullet. But when I really thought it through, nothing was going to allow me such a luxury. Everything was against it; I would just be caught up in the machinery again. Albert Camus

life is a story and god is is absurd.I think so. Albert Camus

My chief occupation, despite appearances, has always been love. Albert Camus

L'absurde est la notion essentielle et la premie' re ve? rite? . The absurd is the fundamental idea and the first truth. Albert Camus

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

In a world that has ceased to believe in sin, the artist is responsible for the preaching. Albert Camus

Charm is a way of getting the answer 'Yes' without asking a clear question. Albert Camus

To be happy we must not be too concerned with others. Albert Camus

We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives... inside ourselves. Albert Camus

No matter what cause one defends, it will suffer permanent disgrace if one resorts to blind attacks on crowds of innocent people. Albert Camus

To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Albert Camus

We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead. Albert Camus

We are all special cases. Albert Camus

One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves. Albert Camus

The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm. Albert Camus

Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic. Albert Camus

There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed. Albert Camus

Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny. Albert Camus

Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions. Albert Camus

When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it. Albert Camus

Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators. Albert Camus

To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one's landlady. Albert Camus

Conscious of not being able to separate myself from my time, I have decided to become part of it. Albert Camus

The day when I am no more than a writer I shall cease to be a writer. Albert Camus

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

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

There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined. Albert Camus

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

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

It's better to bet on this life than on the next. Albert Camus

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

... 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

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

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

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

[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

[Paris] is dirty. It has pigeons and black yards. The people have white skin. Albert Camus

Something must happen; that is the reason for most human relationships. Something must happen; even servitude in love, in war, ordeath. Albert Camus

The world is unimportant and whoever recognizes this conquers his liberty. Albert Camus

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

... habit starts at the second crime. At the first one, something is ending. Albert Camus

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

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

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

Once one's up against it, the precise manner of one's death has obviously small importance. Albert Camus

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

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

We're going forward, but nothing changes. Albert Camus

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

Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement. Albert Camus

Happiness and the absurd are two sons of the same earth. They are inseparable. It would be a mistake to say that happiness necessarily springs from the absurd. Discovery. It happens as well that the felling of the absurd springs from happiness. "I conclude that all is well," says Edipus, and that remark is sacred. It echoes in the wild and limited universe of man. It teaches that all is not, has not been, exhausted. It drives out of this world a god who had come into it with dissatisfaction and a preference for futile suffering. It makes of fate a human matter, which must be settled among men. Albert Camus

I have not stopped loving that which is sacred in this world. Albert Camus

I explained to him, however, that my nature was such that my physical needs often got in the way of my feelings. Albert Camus

Je puis nier une chose sans me croire oblige de la salir ou de retirer aux autres le droit d'y croire. Albert Camus

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

Truth is not a virtue, but a passion. It is never charitable. Albert Camus

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

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

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

But above all, in order to be, never try to seem. Albert Camus

In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer. Albert Camus

When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter. Albert Camus

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