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Albert Camus
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On certain mornings, as we turn a corner, an exquisite dew falls on our heart and then vanishes. But the freshness lingers, and this, always, is what the heart needs. The earth must have risen in just such a light the morning the world was born. Albert Camus
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Mistakes are joyful, truth infernal. Albert Camus
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We come into the world laden with the weight of an infinite necessity. Albert Camus
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Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal's deed, however calculated can be compared. For there to be an equivalency, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horrible death on him and who, from that moment onward, had confined him at his mercy for months. Such a monster is not encountered in private life. Albert Camus
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If those whom we begin to love could know us as we were before meeting them they could perceive what they have made of us. Albert Camus
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No, Father, I've a very different idea of love. And until my dying day I shall refuse to love a scheme of things in which children are put to torture. Albert Camus
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Greatness consists in trying to be great. There is no other way. Albert Camus
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Love is the kind of illness that does not spare the intelligent or the dull. Albert Camus
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This is the century of fear. Albert Camus
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Happiness implied a choice, and within that choice a concerted will, a lucid desire. Albert Camus
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The world I live in is loathsome to me, but I feel one with the men who suffer in it Albert Camus
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There is no longer a single idea explaining everything, but an infinite number of essences giving a meaning to an infinite number of objects. The world comes to a stop, but also lights up. Albert Camus
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Don't let them tell us stories Albert Camus
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The nobility of our calling will always be rooted in two commitments difficult to observe: refusal to lie about what we know, and resistance to oppression. Albert Camus
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How many crimes are permitted simply because their authors could not endure being wrong. Albert Camus
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And often he who has chosen the fate of the artist because he felt himself to be different soon realizes that he can maintain neither his art nor his difference unless he admits that he is like the others. The artist forges himself to the others, midway between the beauty he cannot do without and the community he cannot tear himself away from. Albert Camus
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If the descent is thus sometimes performed in sorrow, it can also take place in joy. Albert Camus
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For rich people, the sky is just an extra, a gift of nature. The poor, on the other hand, can see it as it is, a gift of infinite grace. Albert Camus
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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
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I am just coming out of five years of night, and this orgy of violent lights gives me for the first time the impression of a new continent. An enormous, 50-foot high Camel billboard : a GI with his mouth wide open blows enormous puffs of real smoke. So much bad taste hardly seems imaginable. Albert Camus
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There is nothing abstract about pain. It is specific, it is real, and, when it is intense, it is world destroying. Albert Camus
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The soul of a murderer is blind Albert Camus
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I was tormented by my desire for a woman ... I thought so much about a woman, about women, about all the ones I had known, about all the circumstances in which I had enjoyed them, that my cell would be filled with their faces and crowded with my desires. Albert Camus
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In every guilty man, there is some innocence. This makes every absolute condemnation revolting. Albert Camus
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In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus
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Mother died today, or maybe it was yesterday. Albert Camus
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The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy. Albert Camus
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At any streetcorner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face, As it is, in its distressing nudity, in its light without effulgence, it is elusive. Albert Camus
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A sub-clerk in the post office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them. Albert Camus
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There exists an obvious fact that seems utterly moral: namely, that a man is always a prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them. One has to pay something. Albert Camus
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We have exiled beauty; the Greeks took up arms for her. Albert Camus
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The actor's realm is that of the fleeting. Albert Camus
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Homer tells us also that Sisyphus had put Death in chains. Pluto could not endure the sight of his deserted, silent empire. He dispatched the god of war, who liberated Death from the hands of her conqueror. Albert Camus
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Idleness is only fatal to the mediocre. Albert Camus
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You have so much inside you, and the noblest happiness of all. Do' just wait for a man to come along. That's the mistake so many women make. Find your happiness in yourself. Albert Camus
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Purely historical thought is nihilistic; it wholeheartedly accepts the evil of history. Albert Camus
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Friendship often ends in love, but love in friendship - never. Albert Camus
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The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism. Albert Camus
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He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool. Albert Camus
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Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies. Albert Camus
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No cause justifies the deaths of innocent people. Albert Camus
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Integrity has no need of rules. Albert Camus
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Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference. Albert Camus
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By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more. Albert Camus
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The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth. Albert Camus
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It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all. Albert Camus
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You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade. Albert Camus
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In order to exist just once in the world, it is necessary never again to exist. Albert Camus
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Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery. Albert Camus
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Every time somebody speaks of my honesty, there is someone who quivers inside me. Albert Camus
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The artist forges himself to the others, midway between the beauty he cannot do without and the community he cannot tear himself away from. That is why true artists scorn nothing: they are obliged to understand rather than to judge. Albert Camus
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It's not the struggle that makes us artists, but Art that makes us struggle. Albert Camus
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There may be responsible persons, but there are no guilty ones. Albert Camus
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The act of love . . . is a confession. Selfishness screams aloud, vanity shows off, or else true generosity reveals itself. Albert Camus
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Truth and freedom, having few lovers, are demanding mistresses. Albert Camus
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Instead of killing and dying in order to produce the being that we are not, we have to live and let live in order to create what we are. Albert Camus
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When the throne of God is overturned, the rebel realizes that it is now his own responsibility to create the justice, order, and unity that he sought in vain within his own condition, and in this way to justify the fall of God. Then begins the desperate effort to create, at the price of crime and murder if necessary, the dominion of man. Albert Camus
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The important thing isn't the soundness or otherwise of the argument, but for it to make you think. Albert Camus
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There are always reasons for murdering a man. But there is no justification for his existence. Albert Camus
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History has shown that the less people read, the more books they buy. Albert Camus
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But the world itself has no reason, and I can say so, I who have experienced it all, from the creation to the destruction. Albert Camus
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... unhappiness is like marriage. We believe we chose it, but then it is choosing us. That is how it is, we can do nothing about it. Albert Camus
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Knowing what [Christ] knew , knowing all about mankind-ah! who would have thought that the crime is not so much to make others die, but to die oneself-confronted day and night with his innocent crime, it became too difficult to go on. It was better to get it over with, to not defend himself, to die, in order not to be the only one to have survived, and to go elsewhere, where, perhaps, he would be supported. Albert Camus
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Most men are like me. They cannot live in a universe where the most bizarre thought can in one second enter into the realm of reality-where, most often, it does enter, like a knife in a heart. Albert Camus
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[Liberty] is a choreand a long-distance race, quite solitary, quite exhausting. Albert Camus
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The sense of doing good , the satisfaction of being right, the joy of looking favorably upon oneself, dear sir, are powerful levers for keeping us upright and making us progress. On the other hand, if men are deprived of that feeling, they are changed into rabid dogs. Albert Camus
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... here, where the gaze is stopped everywhere, the whole earth is designed so that the face turns upward and the gaze implores. Oh! I hate this world where we are reduced to God. Albert Camus
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He was expressing his certainty that my appeal would be granted, but I was carrying the burden of a sin from which I had to free myself. According to him, human justice was nothing and divine justice was everything. I pointed out it was the former that had condemned me. Albert Camus
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Sometimes, from beyond the skycrapers, the cry of a tugboat finds you in your insomnia, and you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island. Albert Camus
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On the ridge where the great artist moves forward, every step is an adventure, an extreme risk. In that risk, however, and only there, lays the freedom of Art. Albert Camus
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