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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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Truth is not a virtue, but a passion. It is never charitable. 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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It is not true that the heart wears out - but the body creates this illusion. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Between history and the eternal I have chosen history because I like certainties. Of it, at least, I am certain, and how can I deny this force crushing me. 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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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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The principles which men give to themselves end by overwhelming their noblest intentions. Albert Camus
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When I look at my life and its secret colours, I feel like bursting into tears. Albert Camus
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...there was only one thing that interested her and that was getting into bed with men whenever she'd the chance. And I warned her straight. 'You'll be sorry one day, my girl, and wish you'd got me back'. 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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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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It occurred to me that anyway one more Sunday was over that Maman was buried now, that I was going back to work, and that, really, nothing had changed. Albert Camus
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The spirit of rebellion can only exist in a society where a theoretical equality conceals great factual inequalities. The problem of rebellion, therefore, has no meaning except within our own Western society. Albert Camus
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A loveless world is a dead world. Albert Camus
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You will always win if you make an effort, no matter how much. However, if you failed it means you were too lazy. Albert Camus
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Some are created to love, while the others - to live. Albert Camus
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There is a life and there is a death, and there are beauty and melancholy between. Albert Camus
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Of course, true love is exceptional - two or three times a century, more or less. The rest of the time there is vanity or boredom. Albert Camus
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But,' I reminded myself, 'it's common knowledge that life isn't worth living, anyhow. Albert Camus
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Thus, in a middle course between these heights and depths, they drifted through life rather than lived, the prey of aimless days and sterile memories, like wandering shadows that could have acquired substance only by consenting to root themselves in the solid earth of their distress. Albert Camus
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The human heart has a tiresome tendency to label as fate only what crushes it. But happiness likewise, in its way, is without reason, since it is inevitable. Albert Camus
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We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. Albert Camus
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It takes time to live. Like any work of art, life needs to be thought about. Albert Camus
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Only it takes time to be happy. A lot of time. Happiness, too, is a long patience. 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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There are more things to admire in men then to despise. Albert Camus
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With rebellion, awareness is born 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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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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Without memories, without hope, they lived for the moment only. indeed, the here and now had come to mean everything to them. For there is no denying that the plague had gradually killed off in all of us the faculty not of love only but even of friendship. Naturally enough, since love asks something of the future, and nothing was left us but a series of present moments. Albert Camus
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There is no frontier between being and appearing. Albert Camus
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