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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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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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He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hope 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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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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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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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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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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One dies if necessary, one breaks rather than bending. But I bend, because I continue to love myself. 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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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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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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Our reason has driven all away. Alone at last, we end up ruling over a desert. 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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No code of ethics and no effort are justifiable a priori in the face of the cruel mathematics that command our condition. Albert Camus
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I would like to be able to breathe- to be able to love her by memory or fidelity. But my heart aches. I love you continuously, intensely. Albert Camus
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Healthy people have a natural skill of avoiding feverish eyes. Albert Camus
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What did it matter if he existed for two or for twenty years? Happiness was the fact that he had existed. Albert Camus
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There are people who prefer to look their fate in the eye Albert Camus
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For instance, I never complained that my birthday was overlooked; people were even surprised, with a touch of admiration, by my discretion on this subject. But the reason for my disinterestedness was even more discreet: I longed to be forgotten in order to be able to complain to myself... Once my solitude was thoroughly proved, I could surrender to the charms of a virile self-pity. Albert Camus
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For ever, I shall be a stranger to myself. Albert Camus
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When I was young, I expected from people more than they could give: neverending friendship and constant excitement. Now I expect less than they can actually can give: to stay close silently. And their feelings, friendship, noble deeds always seem like a miracle to me: a true grace. Albert Camus
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Yes, I'm happy, in human terms. Albert Camus
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We spend our days in deliberating, and we end them without coming to any resolve. Albert Camus
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If I convince myself that this life has no other aspect than that of the absurd, if I feel that its whole equilibrium depends on that perpetual opposition between my conscious revolt and the darkness in which it struggles, if I admit that my freedom has no meaning except in relation to its limited fate, then I must say that what counts is not the best living but the most living. Albert Camus
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If nothing had any meaning, you would be right. But there is something that still has a meaning. Albert Camus
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After awhile you could get used to anything. Albert Camus
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The real 19th century prophet was Dostoevsky, not Karl Marx. Albert Camus
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You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it. Albert Camus
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Absolute freedom mocks at justice. Absolute justice denies freedom. Albert Camus
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You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. Albert Camus
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Freedom is not a reward or a decoration that is celebrated with champagne...Oh no! It's a...long distance race, quite solitary and very exhausting. Albert Camus
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Women are all we know of paradise on this earth. Albert Camus
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Where there is no hope, we must invent it. Albert Camus
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When one has extensively pondered about men, as a career or as a vocation, one sometimes feels nostalgic for primates. At least they do not have ulterior motives. Albert Camus
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The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor. Albert Camus
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We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love - first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage. Albert Camus
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Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death. Albert Camus
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The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody. Albert Camus
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The only really committed artist is he who, without refusing to take part in the combat, at least refuses to join the regular armies and remains a freelance. Albert Camus
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The society based on production is only productive, not creative. Albert Camus
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Methods of thought which claim to give the lead to our world in the name of revolution have become, in reality, ideologies of consent and not of rebellion. Albert Camus
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Every man, and for stronger reasons, every artist, wants to be recognized. So do I. Albert Camus
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In this vast country that he had so loved, he was alone. Albert Camus
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I do not want to believe that death is the gateway to another life. For me, it is a closed door. I do not say it is a step we must all take, but that it is a horrible and dirty adventure. Albert Camus
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Just as all thought, and primarily that of non-signification, signifies something, so there is no art that has no signification. Albert Camus
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The absurd is a shadow cast over everything we do and even if we try to live life as if it has meaning as if there are reasons for doing things the absurd will linger in the back of our minds as a nagging doubt that perhaps there is no point. Albert Camus
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