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Albert Camus
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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
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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
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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
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What would become of the world if the condemned started to confide their heartaches to the executioners? Albert Camus
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I lived with the only continuity, day to day, of the me-me-me. Albert Camus
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Human relationships always help us to carry on because they always presuppose a future... Albert Camus
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 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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These are facts the heart can feel; yet they call for careful study before they become clear to the intellect. Albert Camus
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There is only one class of men, the privileged class Albert Camus
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Great feelings take with them their own universe, splendid or abject. Albert Camus
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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
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...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
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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
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Why must one love rarely to love well? Albert Camus
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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
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A fate is not a punishment. Albert Camus
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There is only one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Albert Camus
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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
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Believe me, there is no such thing as great suffering, great regret, great memory...Everything is forgotten, even great love. Albert Camus
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We all have a weakness for beauty. Albert Camus
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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
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I want to know if I can live with what I know, and only than. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Women are all we know of paradise on this earth. 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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The harshest winter finds an invincible summer in us. 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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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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