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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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I feel like getting married, or committing suicide, or subscribing to L'Illustration. Something desperate, you know. Albert Camus
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They hurt each other without wanting to, just because each represented to the others the cruel and demanding necessity of their lives. Albert Camus
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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
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If we understood the enigmas of life there would be no need for art. Albert Camus
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Life should be lived to the point of tears Albert Camus
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A man is more a man through the things he keeps to himself than through those he says. Albert Camus
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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
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I realized people would soon forget me once I was dead. I couldn't even say that this was hard to stomach; really, there's no idea to which one doesn't get acclimatized in time. Albert Camus
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Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question. Albert Camus
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Your success and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them. But to be happy it is essential not to be too concerned with others. Consequently, there is no escape. Happy and judged, or absolved and wretched. Albert Camus
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To be born to create, to love, to win at games is to be born to live in time of peace. But war teaches us to lose everything and become what we were not. It all becomes a question of style. Albert Camus
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I had the whole sky in my eyes and it was blue and gold. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can't be sure. Albert Camus
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I felt the urge to reassure him that I was like everybody else, just like everybody else. Albert Camus
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The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding. Albert Camus
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We have to live and let live in order to create what we are. Albert Camus
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Today we are always as ready to judge as we are to fornicate. Albert Camus
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I used to advertise my loyalty and I don't believe there is a single person I loved that I didn't eventually betray. Albert Camus
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After another moment's silence she mumbled that I was peculiar, that that was probably why she loved me but that one day I might disgust her for the very same reason. Albert Camus
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I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn't capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold. Albert Camus
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Freedom is not constituted primarily of privileges but of responsibilities. Albert Camus
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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
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The revolutionary government was required to become the government of the war. Albert Camus
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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
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Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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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
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Still, obviously, one can't be sensible all the time. Albert Camus
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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
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Everything is true, and nothing is true! Albert Camus
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When one has no character, one HAS to apply a method. Here it did wonders incontrovertibly, and I am living on the site of one of the greatest crimes in human history. Albert Camus
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From the moment absurdity is recognized, it becomes a passion, the most harrowing of all. But whether or not one can live with one's passions, whether or not one can accept their law, which is to burn the heart they simultaneously exalt - that is the whole question. Albert Camus
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For there is merely bad luck in not being loved; there is misfortune in not loving. Albert Camus
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The words that reverberate for us at the confines of this long adventure of rebellion are not formulas for optimism, for which we have no possible use in the extremities of our unhappiness, but words of courage and intelligence which, on the shores of the eternal seas, even have the qualities of virtue. Albert Camus
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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
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The work of art is born of the intelligence's refusal to reason the concrete. It marks the triumph of the carnal. Albert Camus
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It is a well-known fact that we always recognize our homeland when we are about to lose it. Albert Camus
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Murder is terribly exhausting. Albert Camus
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Revolution, in order to be creative, cannot do without either a moral or metaphysical rule to balance the insanity of history. Albert Camus
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In short, they were gambling on their luck, and luck is not to be coerced. Albert Camus
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Every ideology is contrary to human psychology. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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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Thus each of us had to be content to live only for the day, alone under the vast indifference of the sky. Albert Camus
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On good days, if you trust life, life has to answer you. Albert Camus
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One must imagine Sisyphus happy. Albert Camus
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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
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My life was lucky so that I met, I loved (and disappointed) only outstanding people. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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Rebellion cannot exist without a strange form of love. Albert Camus
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Artistic creation is a demand for unity and a rejection of the world. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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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
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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
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