Albert Camus Quotes & Wallpapers

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

The danger of lectures is that they create the illusion of teaching for teachers, and the illusion of learning for learners. Albert Camus

Life is a sum of all your choices". So, what are you doing today? Albert Camus

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

Why must one love rarely to love well? Albert Camus

For ever, I shall be a stranger to myself. Albert Camus

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

Yes, I'm happy, in human terms. Albert Camus

We spend our days in deliberating, and we end them without coming to any resolve. Albert Camus

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

If nothing had any meaning, you would be right. But there is something that still has a meaning. Albert Camus

After awhile you could get used to anything. Albert Camus

The real 19th century prophet was Dostoevsky, not Karl Marx. Albert Camus

You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it. Albert Camus

Politics and the fate of mankind are shaped by men without ideals and without greatness. Men who have greatness within them don't go in for politics. Albert Camus

These women behind the store windows? Dreams, sir, dreams at bargain prices, a trip to the Indies! These people perfume themselves with spices. You enter, they close the curtains, and the trip begins. The gods descend on the nude bodies and the islands drift, demented, with the tousled hair of palm trees in the breeze. Albert Camus

Some other memories of the funeral have stuck in my mind. The old boy's face, for instance, when he caught up with us for the last time, just outside the village. His eyes were streaming with tears, of exhaustion or distress, or both together. But because of the wrinkles they could' flow down. They spread out, crisscrossed, and formed a smooth gloss on the old, worn face. Albert Camus

...he said firmly, "God can help you. All the men I"ve seen in your position turned to Him in their time of trouble." "Obviously," I replied, "they were at liberty to do so, if they felt like it." I, however, did' want to be helped, and I had' time to work up interest for something that did' interest me. Albert Camus

In fact, it comes to this: nobody is capable of really thinking about anyone, even in the worst calamity. For really to think about someone means thinking about that person every minute of the day, without letting one's thoughts be diverted by anything- by meals, by a fly that settles on one's cheek, by household duties, or by a sudden itch somewhere. But there are always flies and itches. That's why life is difficult to live. Albert Camus

Without giving up anything on the plane of justice, yeild nothing on the plane of freedom Albert Camus

The harshest winter finds an invincible summer in us. Albert Camus

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

But too many people now climb onto the cross merely to be seen from a greater distance, even if they have to trample somewhat on the one who has been there so long. Albert Camus

The love of God is a hard love. It demands total self-surrender, disdain of our human personality. And yet it alone can reconcile us to suffering and the deaths of children, it alone can justify them, since we cannot understand them, and we can only make God's will ours. Albert Camus

Where there is no hope, we must invent it. Albert Camus

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

The truth is that nothing is less sensational than pestilence, and by reason of their very duration great misfortunes are monotonous. Albert Camus

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

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

You know, a man always judges himself by the balance he can strike between the needs of his body and the demands of his mind. You're judging yourself now, Mersaut, and you don't like the sentence. Albert Camus

What more ghastly image can be called up than that of a man betrayed by his body who, simply because he did not die in time, lives out the comedy while awaiting the end, face to face with that God he does not adore, serving him as he served life, kneeling before a void and arms outstretched toward a heaven without eloquence that he knows to be also without depth? Albert Camus

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

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

I don't want to be a genius-I have enough problems just trying to be a man. Albert Camus

The slave and those whose present life is miserable and who can find no consolation in the heavens are assured that at least the future belongs to them. The future is the only kind of property that the masters willingly concede to the slaves. Albert Camus

Il y a dans les hommes plus de choses a' admirer que de choses a' me priser. There are more things to admire in people than to despise. Albert Camus

These are facts the heart can feel; yet they call for careful study before they become clear to the intellect. Albert Camus

There is only one class of men, the privileged class Albert Camus

Great feelings take with them their own universe, splendid or abject. Albert Camus

I sometimes need to write things which I cannot completely control but which therefore prove that what is in me is stronger than I am. Albert Camus

I want to know if I can live with what I know, and only than. Albert Camus

There is no shame in preferring happiness. Albert Camus

Thinking of the future, establishing aims for oneself, having preferences - all this presupposes a belief in freedom, even if one occasionally ascertains that one doesn't feel it. Albert Camus

Politics, and the fate of mankind, are shaped by men without ideals and without greatness. Albert Camus

There's no need to hang about waiting for the Last Judgement - it takes place every day. Albert Camus

Nothing is harder to understand than a symbolic work. A symbol always transcends the one who makes use of it and makes him say in reality more than he is aware of expressing. Albert Camus

A fate is not a punishment. Albert Camus

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

The real saint, Baudelaire pretends to think, is he who flogs and kills people for their own good. His argument will be heard. A race of real saints is beginning to spread over the earth for the purposes of confirming these curious conclusions about rebellion. Albert Camus

Believe me, there is no such thing as great suffering, great regret, great memory...Everything is forgotten, even great love. Albert Camus

We all have a weakness for beauty. Albert Camus

At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman. Albert Camus

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

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

We must learn how to lend ourselves to dreaming when dreams lend themselves to us. Albert Camus

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

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

Happiness and the absurd are two sons of the same earth. They are inseparable. Albert Camus

.... 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

All I maintain is that on this earth there are pestilences and there are victims, and it's up to us, so far as possible, not to join forces with the pestilences. That may sound simple to the point of childishness; I can't judge if it's simple, but I know it's true. Albert Camus

I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist. Albert Camus

The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits. Albert Camus

Rule: Start by looking for what is valid in every man. Albert Camus

Women are all we know of paradise on this earth. Albert Camus

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

We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love - first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage. Albert Camus

Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death. Albert Camus

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

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

The society based on production is only productive, not creative. Albert Camus



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