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Albert Camus
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When there is no hope, one must invent hope. Albert Camus

But do you know why we are always more just and generous toward the dead? The reason is simple. With them there is no obligation. They leave us free and we can take our time, fit the testimonial between a cocktail party and a nice little mistress, in our spare time, in short. Albert Camus

My life was lucky so that I met, I loved (and disappointed) only outstanding people. Albert Camus

It happens that the stage sets collapse. Rising, streetcar, four hours in the office or the factory, meal, streetcar, four hours of work, meal, sleep, and Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday and Saturday according to the same rhythm - this path is easily followed most of the time. But one day the "why" arises and everything begins in that weariness tinged with amazement. Albert Camus

Man stands face to face with the irrational. He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world. Albert Camus

Still, obviously, one can't be sensible all the time. Albert Camus

Those who love, friends and lovers, know that love is not only a blinding flash, but also a long and painful struggle in the darkness for the realization of definitive recognition and reconciliation. Albert Camus

Everything is true, and nothing is true! Albert Camus

Human relationships always help us to carry on because they always presuppose further developments, a future -and also because we live as if our only task was precisely to have relationships with other people. Albert Camus

Our civilization survives in the complacency of cowardly or malignant minds - a sacrifice to the vanity of aging adolescents. In 1953, excess is always a comfort, and sometimes a career. Albert Camus

Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is. Albert Camus

What's true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well. It helps men to rise above themselves. Albert Camus

I had the whole sky in my eyes and it was blue and gold. Albert Camus

Great ideas, it has been said, come into the world as gently as doves. Perhaps then, if we listen attentively, we shall hear amid the uproar of empires and nations, a faint flutter of wings, the gentle stirring of life and hope. Some will say that this hope lies in a nation; others in a man. I believe rather that it is awakened, revived, nourished, by millions of solitary individuals whose and works every day negate frontiers and the crudest implications of history. Albert Camus

In normal times all of us know, whether consciously or not, that there is no love which can't be bettered; nevertheless, we reconcile ourselves more or less easily to the fact that ours has never risen above the average. Albert Camus

Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can't be sure. Albert Camus

I felt the urge to reassure him that I was like everybody else, just like everybody else. Albert Camus

And then came human beings; humans wanted to cling but there was nothing to cling to. Albert Camus

An achievement is a bondage. It obliges one to a higher achievement. Albert Camus

He had opened his heart to the sublime indifference of the universe Albert Camus

I would rather not have upset him, but I couldn't see any reason to change my life. Looking back on it, I wasn't unhappy. When I was a student, I had lots of ambitions like that. But when I had to give up my studies I learned very quickly that none of it really mattered. Albert Camus

At that time, I often thought that if I had had to live in the trunk of a dead tree, with nothing to do but look up at the sky flowing overhead, little by little I would have gotten used to it. Albert Camus

I love life - that's my real weakness. I love it so much that I am incapable of imagining what is not life. Albert Camus

If Nietzsche is correct, that to shame a man is to kill him, then any honest attempt at autobiography will be an act of self-destruction. Albert Camus

Wandering seemed no more than the happiness of an anxious man. Albert Camus

The more I produce, the less I am certain. On the road along which the artist walks, night falls ever more densely. Finally, he dies blind. Albert Camus

We are not certain, we are never certain. If we were we could reach some conclusions, and we could, at last, make others take us seriously. Albert Camus

Great feelings take with them their own universe, splendid or abject. They light up with their passion an exclusive world in which they recognize their climate. Albert Camus

Murder is terribly exhausting. Albert Camus

Revolution, in order to be creative, cannot do without either a moral or metaphysical rule to balance the insanity of history. Albert Camus

Every ideology is contrary to human psychology. Albert Camus

God put self-pity by the side of despair like the cure by the side of the disease. Albert Camus

It is a well-known fact that we always recognize our homeland when we are about to lose it. Albert Camus

Realism should only be the means of expression of religious genius... or, at the other extreme, the artistic expressions of monkeys which are quite satisfied with mere imitation. In fact, art is never realistic though sometimes it is tempted to be. To be really realistic a description would have to be endless. Albert Camus

The work of art is born of the intelligence's refusal to reason the concrete. It marks the triumph of the carnal. Albert Camus

In the light, the earth remains our first and our last love. Our brothers are breathing under the same sky as we; justice is a living thing. Now is born that strange joy which helps one live and die, and which we shall never again postpone to a later time. Albert Camus

Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don't know. I got a telegram from the home: 'Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.' That doesn't mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday. Albert Camus

We [Raymond and Meursault] stared at each other without blinking, and everything came to a stop there between the sea, the sand, and the sun, and the double silence of the flute and the water. It was then that I realized that you could either shoot or not shoot. Albert Camus

How had I not seen that there was nothing more important than an execution, and that when you come right down to it, it was the only thing a man could truly be interested in? Albert Camus

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

Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. Albert Camus

In short, they were gambling on their luck, and luck is not to be coerced. Albert Camus

No one who lives in the sunlight of gratitude that things aren't worse makes a failure of his or her life. Albert Camus

...Any authentic creation is a gift to the future. Albert Camus

I feel like getting married, or committing suicide, or subscribing to L'Illustration. Something desperate, you know. Albert Camus

They hurt each other without wanting to, just because each represented to the others the cruel and demanding necessity of their lives. Albert Camus

Men like us are good and proud and strong...if we had a faith, a God, nothing could undermine us. But we had nothing, we had to learn everything, and living for honor alone has its weaknesses... Albert Camus

If we understood the enigmas of life there would be no need for art. Albert Camus

Life should be lived to the point of tears Albert Camus

A man is more a man through the things he keeps to himself than through those he says. Albert Camus

A man wants to earn money in order to be happy, and his whole effort and the best of a life are devoted to the earning of that money. Happiness is forgotten; the means are taken for the end. Albert Camus

Thus each of us had to be content to live only for the day, alone under the vast indifference of the sky. Albert Camus

On good days, if you trust life, life has to answer you. Albert Camus

One must imagine Sisyphus happy. Albert Camus

I rebel; therefore I exist. Albert Camus

Freedom is not constituted primarily of privileges but of responsibilities. Albert Camus

In that daily effort in which intelligence and passion mingle and delight each other, the absurd man discovers a discipline that will make up the greatest of his strengths. The required diligence and doggedness and lucidity thus resemble the conqueror's attitude. To create is likewise to give a shape to one's fate. For all these characters, their work defines them at least as much as it is defined by them. The actor taught us this: There is no frontier between being and appearing. Albert Camus

The revolutionary government was required to become the government of the war. Albert Camus

Every time I hear a political speech or I read those of our leaders, I am horrified at having, for years, heard nothing which sounded human. It is always the same words telling the same lies. Albert Camus

I'll tell you a big secret, my friend. Don't wait for the Last Judgment. It takes place every day. Albert Camus

We are not certain, we are never certain. If we were, we could reach some conclusions, and we could, at last, make others take us seriously. Albert Camus

There always comes a time in history when the person who dares to say that 2+2=4 is punished by death. And the issue is not what reward or what punishment will be the outcome of that reasoning. The issue is simply whether or not 2+2=4. Albert Camus

Whatever we may do, excess will always keep its place in the heart of man, in the place where solitude is found. We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes and our ravages. But our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to fight them in ourselves and in others. Albert Camus

It was as if that great rush of anger had washed me clean, emptied me of hope, and, gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe. To feel it so like myself, indeed, so brotherly, made me realize that I'd been happy, and that I was happy still. For all to be accomplished, for me to feel less lonely, all that remained to hope was that on the day of my execution there should be a huge crowd of spectators and that they should greet me with howls of execration. Albert Camus

There are means that cannot be excused. And I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. I don't want just any greatness for it, particularly a greatness born of blood and falsehood. I want to keep it alive by keeping justice alive. Albert Camus

Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it. Albert Camus

It was in Spain that [my generation] learned that one can be right and yet be beaten, that force can vanquish spirit, that there are times when courage is not its own recompense. It is this, doubtless, which explains why so many, the world over, feel the Spanish drama as a personal tragedy. Albert Camus

Art and revolt will die only with the last man. Albert Camus

...we rarely confide in those who are better than we. Rather, we are more inclined to flee their society. Most often, on the other hand, we confess to those who are like us and who share our weaknesses. Hence we don't want to improve ourselves and be bettered, for we should first have to be judged in default. We merely wish to be pitied and encouraged in the course we have chosen. In short, we should like, at the same time, to cease being guilty and yet not to make the effort of cleansing ourselves. Albert Camus

Peace is the only battle worth waging. Albert Camus



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