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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 most important thing you do everyday you live is deciding not to kill yourself. Albert Camus
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Empires and churches are born under the sun of death. Albert Camus
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No ends, simply means. 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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It is terrifying to see how easily, in certain people, all dignity collapses. Yet when you think about it, this is quite normal since they only maintain this dignity by constantly striving against their own nature. Albert Camus
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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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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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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 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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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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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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