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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

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

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

I am too much in love with my lies and hypocrisies not to confess them fervently. Albert Camus

Youth is above all a collection of possibilities. Albert Camus

Beauty, no doubt, does not make revolutions. But a day will come when revolutions will have need of beauty. Albert Camus

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

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

...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

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

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

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

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

Give up the tyranny of female charm. Albert Camus

Any country where I am not bored is a country that teaches me nothing. Albert Camus

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

The primordial sea indefatigably repeats the same words and casts up the same astonished beings on the same sea-shore. Albert Camus

There is no love of life without despair of life. Albert Camus

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

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. Albert Camus

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Albert Camus

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

We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die. Albert Camus

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

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

Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence. Albert Camus

The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude. Albert Camus

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

The role of the intellectual cannot be to excuse the violence of one side and condemn that of the other. Albert Camus

Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely. Albert Camus

Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil. Albert Camus

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

We call first truths those we discover after all the others. Albert Camus

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

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

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

What must be remembered in any case is that secret complicity that joins the logical and the everyday to the tragic. Albert Camus

Absolute freedom mocks at justice. Absolute justice denies freedom. Albert Camus

You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. Albert Camus

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

The day of my arrest I was first put in a room where there were already several other prisoners, most of them Arabs. They laughed when they saw me. Then they asked what I was in for. I said I'd killed an Arab and they were all silent Albert Camus

For those of us who have been thrown into hell, mysterious melodies and the torturing images of a vanished beauty will always bring us, in the midst of crime and folly, the echo of that harmonious insurrection which bears witness, throughout the centuries, to the greatness of humanity. Albert Camus

Poor and free rather than rich and enslaved. Of course, men want to be both rich and free, and this is what leads them at times to be poor and enslaved. Albert Camus

The greatness of man lies in his decision to be stronger than his condition. Albert Camus

History, as an entirety, could only exist in the eyes of an observer outside it and outside the world. History only exists, in the final analysis, for God. Albert Camus

Liberty is dangerous. Albert Camus

Gilbert Jonas, painter, believed in his star.... His own faith was not, however, without its virtues because it consisted in admitting, in some obscure way, that he would obtain many things without deserving them. Albert Camus

Have you noticed that only death arouses our emotions? How we love thee friends who have just passed away, right? How we admire those master who no longer speak, their mouths full of dirt. We them we are not obligated. Albert Camus

Indeed, men never know how to love. nothing satisfies them. All they know is to dream, to imagine new duties, to look for new countries and new homes. While we women, we know that we must hasten to love, to share the same bed, hold hands, and fear absence. When we women love, we dream of nothing. Albert Camus

Ah! my friend, for whomever is alone, without a god and without a master, the weight of time is terrible. One must then choose a master, God being out of style. Albert Camus

Men cry because things are not what they ought to be. Albert Camus

Powerful, yes, that is the word that I constantly rolled on my tongue, I dreamed of absolute power, the kind that forces others tokneel, that forces the enemy to capitulate, finally converting him, and the more the enemy is blind, cruel, sure of himself, buried in his conviction, the more his admission proclaims the royalty of he who has brought on his defeat. Albert Camus

My profession lent itself nicely to my vocation for heights. It freed me of any bitterness towards my fellow men, who were alwaysin my debt, without my owing them anything. It placed me above the judge whom, I in turn judged, above the defendant whom I forced into gratitude. Albert Camus

I know [my label], in any case: a double face, a charming Janus, and underneath, the house motto: "Be wary". On my business cards:"Jean-Baptiste Clamence, actor". Albert Camus

What would become of the world if the condemned started to confide their heartaches to the executioners? Albert Camus

I lived with the only continuity, day to day, of the me-me-me. Albert Camus

Human relationships always help us to carry on because they always presuppose a future... Albert Camus

In Italian museums are sometimes found little painted screens that the priest used to hold in front of the face of condemned men to hide the scaffold from them. Albert Camus

No code of ethics and no effort are justifiable a priori in the face of the cruel mathematics that command our condition. Albert Camus

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

Healthy people have a natural skill of avoiding feverish eyes. Albert Camus

What did it matter if he existed for two or for twenty years? Happiness was the fact that he had existed. Albert Camus

There are people who prefer to look their fate in the eye Albert Camus

The world expects of Christians that they will raise their voices so loudly and clearly and so formulate their protest that not even the simplest man can have the slightest doubt about what they are saying. Further, the world expects of Christians that they will eschew all fuzzy abstractions and plant themselves squarely in front of the bloody face of history. We stand in need of folk who have determined to speak directly and unmistakably and come what may, to stand by what they have said. Albert Camus

In this vast country that he had so loved, he was alone. Albert Camus

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

Just as all thought, and primarily that of non-signification, signifies something, so there is no art that has no signification. Albert Camus

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

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. Albert Camus

The act of love is a confession. Albert Camus



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