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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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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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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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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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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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None of the evils which totalitarianism ... claims to remedy is worse than totalitarianism itself. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Get scared. It will do you good. Smoke a bit, stare blankly at some ceilings, beat your head against some walls, refuse to see some people, paint and write. Get scared some more. Allow your little mind to do nothing but function. Stay inside, go out - I don't care what you'll do; but stay scared as hell. You will never be able to experience everything. So, please, do poetical justice to your soul and simply experience yourself. Albert Camus
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They came to know the incorrigible sorrow of all prisoners and exiles, which is to live in company with a memory that serves no purpose. Albert Camus
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The harshest winter finds an invincible summer in us. Albert Camus
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I don't know whether this world has a meaning that transcends it. But I know that I cannot know that meaning and that it is impossible for me just now to know it. Albert Camus
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To understand one's world, one must sometimes turn away from it! To serve better, one must briefly hold it at a distance. Where can the necessary solitude be found, the long breathing space in which mind gathers its strength and takes stock of its courage. Albert Camus
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I don't want to be a genius-I have enough problems just trying to be a man. 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. 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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The truth is that nothing is less sensational than pestilence, and by reason of their very duration great misfortunes are monotonous. Albert Camus
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There is not a single true work of art that has not in the end added to the inner freedom insight and life of each person who has known and loved it. Albert Camus
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A regime [Nazism] which invented a biological foreign policy was obviously acting against its own best interests. But at least it obeyed its own particular logic. Albert Camus
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The act of love is a confession. Albert Camus
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It is in the thick of calamity that one gets hardened to the truth - in other words, to silence. Albert Camus
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The danger of lectures is that they create the illusion of teaching for teachers, and the illusion of learning for learners. Albert Camus
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Life is a sum of all your choices". So, what are you doing today? Albert Camus
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One plays at being immortal and after a few weeks one doesn't even know whether or not one can hang on till the next day. Albert Camus
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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
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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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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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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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The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits. Albert Camus
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Rule: Start by looking for what is valid in every man. Albert Camus
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Without giving up anything on the plane of justice, yeild nothing on the plane of freedom Albert Camus
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We must learn how to lend ourselves to dreaming when dreams lend themselves to us. Albert Camus
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Believe me, religions are on the wrong track the moment they moralize and fulminate commandments. God is not needed to create guilt or to punish. Our fellow men suffice, aided by ourselves. Albert Camus
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I enjoyed my own nature to the fullest, and we all know there lies happiness, although, to soothe one another mutually, we occasionally pretend to condemn such joys as selfishness. Albert Camus
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Happiness and the absurd are two sons of the same earth. They are inseparable. Albert Camus
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.... Query: How contrive not to waste one's time? Answer: By being fully aware of it all the while. Ways in which this can be done: By spending one's days on an uneasy chair in a dentist's waiting-room; by remaining on one's balcony all of a Sunday afternoon; by listening to lectures in a language on doesn't know; by traveling by the longest and least-convenient train routes, and of course standing all the way; by lining up at the box-office of theaters and then not buying a seat; and so forth. Albert Camus
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