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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

Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower. Albert Camus

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

All I know of morality I learned from football Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

If one could only say just once: 'this is clear', all would be saved Albert Camus

Who taught you all this, doctor?" The reply came promptly: "Suffering. Albert Camus

To lose the touch of flowers and women's hands is the supreme separation. Albert Camus

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

Obstinacy alone is not a virtue. Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

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

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

Then we understand that rebellion cannot exist without a strange form of love. Those who find no rest in God or in history are condemned to live for those who, like themselves, cannot live; in fact, for the humiliated. Albert Camus

The truth, as the light, makes blind. Albert Camus

Utopia is that which is in contradiction with reality. Albert Camus

All that remains is a fate whose outcome alone is fatal. Outside of that single fatality of death, everything, joy or happiness, is liberty. A world remains of which man is the sole master. What bound him was the illusion of another world. The outcome of his thought, ceasing to be renunciatory, flowers in images. It frolics-in myths, to be sure, but myths with no other depth than that of human suffering and, like it, inexhaustible. Not the divine fable that amuses and blinds, but the terrestrial face, gesture, and drama in which are summed up a difficult wisdom and an ephemeral passion. Albert Camus

Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself. Albert Camus

Nature is a burning and frigid, transparent and limited universe in which nothing is possible but everything is given. Albert Camus

We know the surrealist solution: concrete irrationality, objective risk. Poetry is the conquest, the only possible conquest, of the 'supreme position', 'a certain position of the mind from where life and death, the real and the imaginary, the past and the future... cease to be perceived in a contradictory sense.' Albert Camus

A person I knew used to divide human beings into three categories: those who prefer to have nothing to hide rather than being obliged to lie, those who prefer lying to having nothing to hide, and finally those who like both lying and the hidden. Albert Camus

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

The urge to revolt is one of the essential dimensions of human nature. Albert Camus

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

Every authentic work of art is a gift offered to the future. Albert Camus

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

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

It is not true that the heart wears out - but the body creates this illusion. Albert Camus

Madness such as this, its like trying to stop a fire with the moisture from a kiss Albert Camus

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

We are condemned to live together. Albert Camus

The first concern of any dictatorship is, consequently, to subjugate both labor and culture. Albert Camus

It's not your pictures I like; it's your painting. Albert Camus

I feel more fellowship with the defeated than with saints. Albert Camus

Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day. Albert Camus

Life is the sum of all your choices. Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown. He must dominate in his turn. Albert Camus

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

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

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

Life is meaningless, but worth living, provided you recognize it's meaningless. Albert Camus

It is always easy to be logical. It is almost impossible to be logical to the bitter end. Albert Camus

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

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

Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee? Albert Camus

You always get exaggerated notions about things you don't know anything about. Albert Camus

The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown. Albert Camus

Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken. Albert Camus

I know of only one duty, and that is to love. Albert Camus

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

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. Albert Camus

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

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

It's a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money. Albert Camus

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

Believe me, for certain men at least, not taking what one doesn't desire is the hardest thing in the world. Albert Camus

Here lives a free man. Nobody serves him. Albert Camus

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

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

Those who write clearly have readers. Albert Camus



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