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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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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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That is love, to give away everything, to sacrifice everything, without the slightest desire to get anything in return.3 Albert Camus
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The laws of nature may be operative up to a certain limit, beyond which they turn against themselves to give birth to the absurd. 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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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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For if I try to seize this self of which I feel sure, if I try to define and to summarize it, it is nothing but water slipping through my fingers. 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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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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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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If God did not exist, we should have to invent him. If God did exist, we should have to abolish Him. 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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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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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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One recognises one's course by discovering the paths that stray from it. Albert Camus
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It is impossible to give a clear account of the world, but art can teach us to reproduce it-just as the world reproduces itself in the course of its eternal gyrations. The primordial sea indefatigably repeats the same words and casts up the same astonished beings on the same sea-shore. Albert Camus
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Beginning to think is beginning to be undermined. Albert Camus
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What the world expects of Christians is that Christians should speak out, loud and clear... in such a way that never a doubt, never the slightest doubt, could rise in the heart of the simplest man. Albert Camus
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Maman used to say that you can always find something to be happy about. In my prison, when the sky turned red and a new day slipped into my cell, I found out that she was right. Albert Camus
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A novel is never anything but a philosophy expressed in images. And in a good novel the philosophy has disappeared into the images. Albert Camus
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In the past, the poverty they shared had a certain sweetness about it. When the end of the day came and they would eat their dinner in silence with the oil lamp between them, there was a secret joy in such simplicity, such retrenchment. Albert Camus
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A stranger to myself and to the world, armed solely with a thought that negates itself as soon as it asserts, what is this condition in which I can have peace only by refusing to know and to live, in which the appetite for conquest bumps into walls that defy its assaults? Albert Camus
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If the world were clear, art would not exist. Albert Camus
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Freedom is not a reward or a decoration that you toast in champagne. On the contrary, it's hard graft and a long-distance run, all alone, very exhausting. Alone in a dreary room, alone in the dock before the judges, and alone to make up your mind, before yourself and before the judgement of others. At the end of every freedom there is a sentence, which is why freedom is too heavy to bear. Albert Camus
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Accepting the absurdity of everything around us is one step, a necessary experience: it should not become a dead end. It arouses a revolt that can become fruitful Albert Camus
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A true masterpiece does not tell everything. Albert Camus
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I hope the dogs don't bark tonight. I always think it's mine Albert Camus
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In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion; in order to serve others better, one has to hold them at a distance for a time. But where can one find the solitude necessary to vigor, the deep breath in which the mind collects itself and courage gauges its strength? There remain big cities. Albert Camus
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... We need the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive. Albert Camus
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he's incapable of suffering for a long time, or being happy for a long time. Which means that he's incapable of anything really worth while. Albert Camus
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One always has exaggerated ideas about what one doesn't know. Albert Camus
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None of the evils which totalitarianism ... claims to remedy is worse than totalitarianism itself. Albert Camus
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Proof is never definitive, after all; one has to begin again with each new person. Albert Camus
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The future is the only kind of property that the masters willingly concede to the slaves. Albert Camus
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The great courage is to stare as squarely at the light as at death. Albert Camus
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