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Albert Camus
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The most eloquent eulogy of capitalism was made by its greatest enemy. Marx is only anti-capitalist in so far as capitalism is out of date. Albert Camus
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The most exhausting effort in my life has been to suppress my own nature in order to make it serve my biggest plans. Albert Camus
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Children will still die unjustly even in a perfect society. Even by his greatest effort, man can only propose to diminish, arithmetically, the sufferings of the world. Albert Camus
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If Christianity is pessimistic as to man, it is optimistic as to human destiny. Well, I can say that, pessimistic as to human destiny, I am optimistic as to man. Albert Camus
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Whoever today speaks of human existence in terms of power, efficiency, and historical tasks is an actual or potential assassin. Albert Camus
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The entire history of mankind is, in any case, nothing but a prolonged fight to the death for the conquest of universal prestige and absolute power. Albert Camus
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Love cannot accept what it is. Everywhere on earth it cries out against kindness, compassion, intelligence, everything that leads to compromise. Love demands the impossible, the absolute, the sky on fire, inexhaustible springtime, life after death, and death itself transfigured into eternal life. Albert Camus
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But all the long speeches, all the interminable days and hours that people had spent talking about my soul, had left me with the impression of a colorless swirling river that was making me dizzy. Albert Camus
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Forever I shall be a stranger to myself. In psychology as in logic, there are truths but no truth. Albert Camus
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I can negate everything of that part of me that lives on vague nostalgias, except this desire for unity, this longing to solve, this need for clarity and cohesion. I can refute everything in this world surrounding me that offends or enraptures me, except this chaos, this sovereign chance and this divine equivalence which springs from anarchy. I don't know whether this world has meaning that transcends it. But I know that I do not know that meaning and that it is impossible for me just now to know it. What can a meaning outside my condition mean to me? I can understand only in human terms. Albert Camus
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An intense feeling carries with it its own universe, magnificent or wretched as the case may be. Albert Camus
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I know myself too well to believe in pure virtue. Albert Camus
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What can a meaning outside my condition mean to me? I can understand only in human terms. What I touch, what resists me-that is what I understand. And these two certainties-my appetite for the absolute and for unity and the impossibility of reducing this world to a rational and reasonable principle-I also know that I cannot reconcile them. What other truth can I admit without lying, without bringing in a hope which I lack and which means nothing within the limits of my condition? Albert Camus
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The principle can be established that for a man who does not cheat what he believes to be true must determine his actions. Albert Camus
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Thoughts of suicide have got me through many a bad night. Albert Camus
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I am too much in love with my lies and hypocrisies not to confess them fervently. Albert Camus
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Youth is above all a collection of possibilities. Albert Camus
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The Poor Man whom everyone speaks of, the Poor Man whom everyone pities, one of the repulsive Poor from whom charitable souls keep their distance, he has still said nothing. Or, rather, he has spoken through the voice of Victor Hugo, Zola, Richepin. At least, they said so. And these shameful impostures fed their authors. Cruel irony, the Poor Man tormented with hunger feeds those who plead his case. Albert Camus
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We can't do without dominating others or being served.... The essential thing, in sum, is being able to get angry without the other person being able to answer back. Albert Camus
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A sub-clerk in the post-office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them. Albert Camus
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That must be wonderful; I have no idea of what it means. Albert Camus
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Freedom is not a gift received from the State or leader, but a possession to be won every day by the effort of each and the union of all. Albert Camus
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In a universe suddenly divested of illusion and lights, man feels an alien, a stranger. His exile is without remedy since he is deprived of the memory of a lost home or the hope of a promised land. Albert Camus
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Some cry: 'Love me!!' Others: 'Don't love me!!' But a certain genus, the worst and most unhappy, cries: 'Don't love me and be faithful to me!!' Albert Camus
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It is not humiliating to be unhappy. Physical suffering is sometimes humiliating, but the suffering of being cannot be, it is life. Albert Camus
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The end of their passion consists of loving uselessly at the moment when it is pointless. Albert Camus
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Life can be magnificent and overwhelming - that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live. Albert Camus
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Don't lies eventually lead to the truth? And don't all my stories, true or false, tend toward the same conclusion? Don't they all have the same meaning? So what does it matter whether they are true or false if, in both cases, they are significant of what I have been and what I am? Sometimes it is easier to see clearly into the liar than into the man who tells the truth. Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object. Albert Camus
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Give up the tyranny of female charm. Albert Camus
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Any country where I am not bored is a country that teaches me nothing. Albert Camus
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Since the order of the world is shaped by death, mightn't it be better for God if we refuse to believe in Him, and struggle with all our might against death without raising our eyes towards the heaven where He sits in silence? 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. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus
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The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. Albert Camus
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We all carry within us places of exile, our crimes, our ravages. Our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to transform them in ourselves and others. Albert Camus
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...there's no question of heroism in all this. It's a matter of common decency. That's an idea which may make some people smile, but the only means of fighting a plague is - common decency. Albert Camus
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What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying. Albert Camus
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The workman of today works every day in his life at the same tasks, and this fate is no less absurd. But it is tragic only at the rare moments when it becomes conscious. Albert Camus
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We [writers] must know that we can never escape the common misery and that our only justification, if indeed there is a justification, is to speak up, insofar as we can, for those who cannot do so. Albert Camus
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I've never really had much of an imagination. But still I would try to picture the exact moment when the beating of my heart would no longer be going on inside my head. 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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N'attendez pas le jugement dernier. Il a lieu tous les jours. Do not wait for the last judgment. It happens every day. Albert Camus
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La ve rite , comme la lumie' re, aveugle. Le mensonge, au contraire, est un beau cre puscule qui met chaque objet en valeur. Truth, like light, blinds. A lie, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight which shows the value of each object. Albert Camus
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What must be remembered in any case is that secret complicity that joins the logical and the everyday to the tragic. Albert Camus
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Beauty, no doubt, does not make revolutions. But a day will come when revolutions will have need of beauty. Albert Camus
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Always there comes an hour when one is weary of one's work and devotion to duty, and all one craves for is a loved face, the warmth and wonder of a loving heart. Albert Camus
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There is no love of life without despair of life. Albert Camus
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There is in me an anarchy and frightful disorder. Creating makes me die a thousand deaths, because it means making order, and my entire being rebels against order. But without it I would die, scattered to the winds. Albert Camus
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A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. Albert Camus
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There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Albert Camus
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To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything. Albert Camus
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We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die. Albert Camus
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Every man needs slaves like he needs clean air. To rule is to breathe, is it not? And even the most disenfranchised get to breathe. The lowest on the social scale have their spouses or their children. Albert Camus
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Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves. Albert Camus
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Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence. Albert Camus
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The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude. Albert Camus
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The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves. Albert Camus
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The role of the intellectual cannot be to excuse the violence of one side and condemn that of the other. Albert Camus
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Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely. Albert Camus
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Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil. Albert Camus
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In order to speak about all and to all, one has to speak of what all know and of the reality common to us all. The sea, rains, necessity, desire, the struggle against death... these are things that unite us all. Albert Camus
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We call first truths those we discover after all the others. Albert Camus
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He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hopes for the human condition is a fool. Albert Camus
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I'll tell you a big secret, my friend: Don't wait for the Last Judgment. It happens every day. Albert Camus
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We are all exceptional cases.... Each man insists on being innocent, even if it means accusing the whole human race, and heaven. Albert Camus
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We can't do without dominating others or being served.... Even the man on the bottom rung still has his wife, or his child. If he's a bachelor, his dog. The essential thing, in sum, is being able to get angry without the other person being able to answer back. Albert Camus
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You can't create experience. You must undergo it. Albert Camus
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The innocent is the person who explains nothing. Albert Camus
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There is not love of life without despair about life. Albert Camus
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Knowing that certain nights whose sweetness lingers will keep returning to the earth and sea after we are gone, yes, this helps us to die. Albert Camus
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The realization that life is absurd and cannot be an end, but only a beginning. This is a truth nearly all great minds have taken as their starting point. It is not this discovery that is interesting, but the consequences and rules of action drawn from it. Albert Camus
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