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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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Every stone here sweats with suffering, I know that. I have never looked at them without a feeling of anguish. But deep in my heart I know that the most wretched among you have seen a divine face emerge from their darkness. That is the face you are asked to see. 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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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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Having money is a way of being free of money. Albert Camus
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Chacun exige d'e" tre innocent, a' tout prix, me" me si, pour cela, il faut accuser le genre humain et le ciel. Everyone insists on his or her innocence, at all costs, even if it means accusing the rest of the human race and heaven. Albert Camus
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Tout re volutionnaire finit en oppresseur ou en he re tique. Every revolutionary ends as an oppressor or a heretic. Albert Camus
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I have no idea what's awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing. Albert Camus
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And so I learned that familiar paths traced in the dusk of summer evenings may lead as well to prison as to innocent untroubled sleep. Albert Camus
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I'd buy myself a cabin on the beach, I'd put some glue in my navel, and I'd stick a flag in there. Then I'd wait to see which way the wind was blowing. 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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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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Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower. Albert Camus
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I do' know whether this world has a meaning that transcends it. But I know that I cannot know that meaning and that it is impossible for me just now to know it. Albert Camus
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Life is the sum of all your choices. Albert Camus
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After all, perhaps the greatness of art lies in the perpetual tension between beauty and pain, the love of men and the madness of creation, unbearable solitude and the exhausting crowd, rejection and consent. Albert Camus
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In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer. Albert Camus
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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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Perhaps we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which children are tortured. But we can reduce the number of tortured children. And if you don't help us, who else in the world can help us do this? Albert Camus
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The greatest saving one can make in the order of thought is to accept the unintelligibility of the world - and to pay attention to man. Albert Camus
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What on earth prompted you to take a hand in this? I don't know. My... my code of morals, perhaps. Your code of morals. What code, if I may ask? Comprehension. Albert Camus
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The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown. He must dominate in his turn. Albert Camus
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Those who write clearly have readers. Albert Camus
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Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day. Albert Camus
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Madness such as this, its like trying to stop a fire with the moisture from a kiss Albert Camus
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Turbulent childhood, adolescent daydreams in the drone of the bus's motor, mornings, unspoiled girls, beaches, young muscles always at the peak of their effort, evening's slight anxiety in a sixteen-year-old-heart, lust for life, fame, and ever the same sky through the years, unfailing in strength and light, itself insatiable, consuming one by one over a period of months the victims stretched out in the form of crosses on the beach at the deathlike hour of noon. Albert Camus
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We are condemned to live together. Albert Camus
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The first concern of any dictatorship is, consequently, to subjugate both labor and culture. Albert Camus
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It's not your pictures I like; it's your painting. Albert Camus
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I feel more fellowship with the defeated than with saints. Albert Camus
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Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement. Albert Camus
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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
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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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