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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

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

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

We are not so mad as to think that we shall create a world in which murder will not occur. We are fighting for a world in which murder will no longer be legal. Albert Camus

You must have a love, a great love, to ensure an alibi at unjustified despairs that conquer all of us Albert Camus

In the end, we would like not to be guilty while at the same time being dispensed of the effort of purifying ourselves. Not enough cynicism and not enough virtue. Albert Camus

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

It is not humiliating to be unhappy. Physical suffering is sometimes humiliating, but the suffering of being cannot be, it is life. Albert Camus

The end of their passion consists of loving uselessly at the moment when it is pointless. Albert Camus

One might think, that a period which, within fifty years, uproots, enslaves or kills seventy million human beings, should only, and forthwith, be condemned. But also its guilt must be understood. Albert Camus

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

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

Thoughts of suicide have got me through many a bad night. Albert Camus

It should be pointed out for our own guidance in the West that the continual signing of manifestoes and protests is one of the surest ways of undermining the efficacy and dignity of the intellectual. There exists a permanent blackmail that we all know and that we must have the often solitary courage to resist. Albert Camus

When silence or tricks of language contribute to maintaining an abuse that must be reformed or a suffering that can be relieved, then there is no other solution but to speak out and show the obscenity hidden under the verbal cloak. Albert Camus

A true masterpiece does not tell everything. Albert Camus

I hope the dogs don't bark tonight. I always think it's mine Albert Camus

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

... We need the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive. Albert Camus

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

One always has exaggerated ideas about what one doesn't know. Albert Camus

You can't create experience. You must undergo it. Albert Camus

The innocent is the person who explains nothing. Albert Camus

He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hopes for the human condition is a fool. Albert Camus

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

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

The most important thing you do everyday you live is deciding not to kill yourself. Albert Camus

Empires and churches are born under the sun of death. Albert Camus

No ends, simply means. Albert Camus

What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying. Albert Camus

If God did not exist, we should have to invent him. If God did exist, we should have to abolish Him. Albert Camus

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

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

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

Whoever today speaks of human existence in terms of power, efficiency, and historical tasks is an actual or potential assassin. Albert Camus

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

That is love, to give away everything, to sacrifice everything, without the slightest desire to get anything in return.3 Albert Camus

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

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

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

Forever I shall be a stranger to myself. In psychology as in logic, there are truths but no truth. Albert Camus

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

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

An intense feeling carries with it its own universe, magnificent or wretched as the case may be. Albert Camus

I know myself too well to believe in pure virtue. Albert Camus

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

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

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

Our reason has driven all away. Alone at last, we end up ruling over a desert. Albert Camus

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

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

If the world were clear, art would not exist. Albert Camus

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

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

One dies if necessary, one breaks rather than bending. But I bend, because I continue to love myself. Albert Camus

The future is the only kind of property that the masters willingly concede to the slaves. Albert Camus

The great courage is to stare as squarely at the light as at death. Albert Camus

Chacun exige d'e" tre innocent, a' tout prix, me" me si, pour cela, il faut accuser le genre humain et le ciel. Everyone insists on his or her innocence, at all costs, even if it means accusing the rest of the human race and heaven. Albert Camus

Tout re volutionnaire finit en oppresseur ou en he re tique. Every revolutionary ends as an oppressor or a heretic. Albert Camus

None of the evils which totalitarianism ... claims to remedy is worse than totalitarianism itself. Albert Camus

Proof is never definitive, after all; one has to begin again with each new person. Albert Camus

He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hope for the human condition is a fool. Albert Camus

I'll tell you a big secret, my friend: Don't wait for the Last Judgment. It happens every day. Albert Camus

We are all exceptional cases.... Each man insists on being innocent, even if it means accusing the whole human race, and heaven. Albert Camus

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

There is not love of life without despair about life. Albert Camus

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

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

So many men are deprived of grace. How can one live without grace? One has to try it and do what Christianity never did: be concerned with the damned. Albert Camus

In order to cease being a doubtful case, one has to cease being, that's all. Albert Camus



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