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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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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 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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The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning. Albert Camus
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The absurd is sin without God. Albert Camus
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I am alive again, now that I can no longer stand to live. Albert Camus
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For a man who loves power, competition from the gods is annoying. I have done away with that. I have proven to these illusory godsthat a man, if he has the will, can practice, without any apprenticeship, their ridiculous trade. Albert Camus
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I was comfortable in all, I admit, but at the same time, nothing satisfied me. Each joy made me seek another. Albert Camus
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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
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You must have a love, a great love, to ensure an alibi at unjustified despairs that conquer all of us 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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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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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
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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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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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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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None of the evils which totalitarianism ... claims to remedy is worse than totalitarianism itself. Albert Camus
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My dear, In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all, that... In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger - something better, pushing right back. Truly yours, Albert Camus Albert Camus
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I spent a long time looking at faces, drinking in smiles. Am I happy or unhappy? It's not a very important question. I live with such frenzied intensity. Things and people are waiting for me, and doubtless I am waiting for them and desiring them with all my strength and sadness. But, here, I earn the right to be alive by silence and by secrecy. The miracle of not having to talk about oneself. 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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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
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In order to cease being a doubtful case, one has to cease being, that's all. Albert Camus
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When the imagination sleeps, words are emptied of their meaning: a deaf population absent-mindedly registers the condemnation of a man.... there is no other solution but to speak out and show the obscenity hidden under the verbal cloak. 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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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
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Tout re volutionnaire finit en oppresseur ou en he re tique. Every revolutionary ends as an oppressor or a heretic. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Youth is above all a collection of possibilities. 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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