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Albert Camus
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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
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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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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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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
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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
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Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself. Albert Camus
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Nature is a burning and frigid, transparent and limited universe in which nothing is possible but everything is given. Albert Camus
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I have not stopped loving that which is sacred in this world. 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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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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Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day. 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 vast reaches of the dry, cold night, thousands of stars were constantly appearing, and their sparkling icicles, loosened at once, began to slip gradually toward the horizon. Albert Camus
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Thus I draw from the absurd three consequences, which are my revolt, my freedom, and my passion. By the mere activity of consciousness I transform into a rule of life what was an invitation to death-and I refuse suicide. Albert Camus
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Beginning to think is beginning to be undermined. Society has but little connection with such beginnings. The worm is in man's heart. That is where it must be sought. One must follow and understand this fatal game that leads from lucidity in the face of existence to flight from light. Albert Camus
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At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman, and these hills, the softness of the sky, the outline of these trees at this very minute lose the illusory meaning with which we had clothed them, henceforth more remote than a lost paradise . . . that denseness and that strangeness of the world is absurd. Albert Camus
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We turn our backs on nature; we are ashamed of beauty. Our wretched tragedies have a smell of the office clinging to them, and the blood that trickles from them is the color of printer's ink. Albert Camus
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A work of art is a confession. Albert Camus
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The reasoning is classic in its clarity. If God does not exist, Kirilov is god. If God does not exist, Kirilov must kill himself. Kirilov must therefore kill himself to become god. That logic is absurd, but it is what is needed. Albert Camus
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People have played on words and pretended to believe that refusing to grant a meaning to life necessarily leads to declaring that it is not worth living. In truth, there is no necessary common measure between these two judgments. Albert Camus
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A man devoid of hope and conscious of being so has ceased to belong to the future. Albert Camus
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There are places where the mind dies so that a truth which is its very denial may be born. Albert Camus
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I don't want to represent man as he is, but only as he might be. Albert Camus
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A writer cannot put himself today in service of those who make history; he is at the service of those who suffer it. Albert Camus
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Does the end justify the means? That is possible. But what will justify the end? To that question, which historical thought leaves pending, rebellion replies: the means. Albert Camus
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Men who have greatness within them don't go in for politics. Albert Camus
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Life is the sum of your choices. Albert Camus
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Great ideas come into the world as gently as doves. Albert Camus
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If only nature is real and if, in nature, only desire and destruction are legitimate, then, in that all humanity does not suffice to assuage the thirst for blood, the path of destruction must lead to universal annihilation. Albert Camus
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...the habit of despair is worse than despair itself. Albert Camus
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The absurd is lucid reason noting its limits. Albert Camus
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For who would dare to assert that eternal happiness can compensate for a single moment's human suffering Albert Camus
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The main thing is that everything become simple, easy enough for a child to understand. Albert Camus
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On the whole, men are more good than bad; that, however, isn't the real point. But they are more or less ignorant, and it is this that we call vice or virtue; the most incorrigible vice being that of an ignorance that fancies it knows everything and therefore claims for itself the right to kill. The soul of the murderer is blind; and there can be no true goodness nor true love without the utmost clear-sightedness. Albert Camus
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I continue to believe that this world has no ultimate meaning. But I know that something in it has a meaning and that is man, because he is the only creature to insist on having one Albert Camus
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Beware of those who say: "I know this too well to be able to express it." For if they cannot do so, this is because they don't know it or because out of laziness they stopped at the outer crust. Albert Camus
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To cut short the question of the law of retaliation, we must note that even in its primitive form it can operate only between two individuals of whom one is absolutely innocent, and the other absolutely guilty. The victim, to be sure, is innocent. But can the society that is supposed to represent the victim lay claim to innocence? Albert Camus
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Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears. Albert Camus
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Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object. Albert Camus
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Rebellion cannot exist without the feeling that somewhere, in some way, you are justified. Albert Camus
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Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful. Albert Camus
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How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing. Albert Camus
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Heroism is accessible. Happiness is more difficult. Albert Camus
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In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion. Albert Camus
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I was born poor and without religion, under a happy sky, feeling harmony, not hostility, in nature. I began not by feeling torn, but in plenitude. Albert Camus
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The absurd depends as much on man as on the world. For the moment, it is all that links them together. Albert Camus
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For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium. Albert Camus
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I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live as if there isn't and to die to find out that there is. Albert Camus
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The absurd is essentially a divorce. It lies in neither of the elements compared; it is born of their confrontation. Albert Camus
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The best revenge you can have on intellectuals is to be madly happy. Albert Camus
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The mind's deepest desire, even in its most elaborate operations, parallels man's unconscious feeling in the face of his universe: it is an insistence upon familiarity, an appetite for clarity. Albert Camus
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I'd have given ten conversations with Einstein for a first meeting with a pretty chorus girl. Albert Camus
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The struggle to reach the top is itself enough to fulfill the heart of man. One must believe that Sisyphus is happy. Albert Camus
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Absurdism, like methodical doubt, has wiped the slate clean. It leaves us in a blind alley. But, like methodical doubt, it can, by returning upon itself, open up a new field of investigation, and in the process of reasoning then pursues the same course. I proclaim that I believe in nothing and that everything is absurd, but I cannot doubt the validity of my proclamation and I must at least believe in my protest. Albert Camus
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Yes, there was an element of abstraction and unreality in misfortune. But when an abstraction starts to kill you, you have to get to work on it. Albert Camus
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A profound thought is in a constant state of becoming; it adopts the experience of a life and assumes its shape. Albert Camus
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Nothing can discourage the appetite for divinity in the heart of man. Albert Camus
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Every rebellion implies some kind of unity. Albert Camus
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A nihilist is not one who believes in nothing , but one who does not believe in what exists. Albert Camus
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I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain. One always finds one's burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself, forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy. Albert Camus
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Find your happiness in yourself. Albert Camus
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Travel breaks down a kind of inner structure we have. Stripped of our props, deprived of our masks, we are completely on the surface of ourselves. Albert Camus
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In art, rebellion is consummated and perpetuated in the act of real creation, not in criticism or commentary. Albert Camus
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Believe me, the hardest thing for a man to give up is that which he really doesn't want, after all. Albert Camus
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So the thing that bothered me most was that the condemned man had to hope the machine would work the first time. Albert Camus
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