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Albert Camus
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Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement. Albert Camus
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I explained to him, however, that my nature was such that my physical needs often got in the way of my feelings. Albert Camus
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Je puis nier une chose sans me croire oblige de la salir ou de retirer aux autres le droit d'y croire. 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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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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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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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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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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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
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The truth, as the light, makes blind. 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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Ce que je sais de la morale, c'est au football que je le dois. (I know of morality, it is football that I owe.) Albert Camus
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At that moment he knew what his mother was thinking, and that she loved him. But he knew, too, that to love someone means relatively little; or, rather, that love is never strong enough to find the words befitting it. Thus he and his mother would always love each other silently. And one day she-or he-would die, without ever, all their lives long, having gone farther than this by way of making their affection known. 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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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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Great ideas come into the world as gently as doves. 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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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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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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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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More and more, revolution has found itself delivered into the hands of its bureaucrats and doctrinaires on the one hand, and to the enfeebled and bewildered masses on the other. Albert Camus
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Those who prefer their principles over their happiness, they refuse to be happy outside the conditions they seem to have attached to their happiness. Albert Camus
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I can feel this heart inside me and I conclude it exists. I can touch this world and I also conclude that it exists. All my knowledge ends at this point. The rest is hypothesis. Albert Camus
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You will never be able to experience everything. So, please, do poetical justice to your soul and simply experience yourself. 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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