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Albert Camus
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There are people who prefer to look their fate in the eye 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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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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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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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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Why must one love rarely to love well? 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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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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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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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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At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman. 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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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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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
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I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist. 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 most elementary form of rebellion, paradoxically , expresses an aspiration for order . Albert Camus
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I do not have much liking for the too famous existential philosophy, and, to tell the truth, I think its conclusions false. 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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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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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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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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There is no shame in preferring happiness. Albert Camus
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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
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Politics, and the fate of mankind, are shaped by men without ideals and without greatness. Albert Camus
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There's no need to hang about waiting for the Last Judgement - it takes place every day. 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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