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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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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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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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what doesn't kill you make you stronger and stronger 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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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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Rebellion cannot exist without a strange form of love. 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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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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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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I'll tell you a big secret, my friend. Don't wait for the Last Judgment. It takes place every day. Albert Camus
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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
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Revolt and revolution both wind up at the same crossroads: the police, or folly. Albert Camus
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There is always a philosophy for lack of courage. Albert Camus
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Art, at least, teaches us that man cannot be explained by history alone and that he also finds a reason for his existence in the order of nature. Albert Camus
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The ancients, even though they believed in destiny , believed primarily in nature , in which they participated wholeheartedly. To rebel against nature amounted to rebelling against oneself. It was butting one's head against a wall. Albert Camus
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Life continues, and some mornings, weary of the noise, discouraged by the prospect of the interminable work to keep after, sickened also by the madness of the world that leaps at you from the newspaper, finally convinced that I will not be equal to it and that I will disappoint everyone all I want to do is sit down and wait for evening. This is what I feel like, and sometimes I yield to it. Albert Camus
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It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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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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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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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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When there is no hope, one must invent hope. 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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God put self-pity by the side of despair like the cure by the side of the disease. Albert Camus
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Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it. Albert Camus
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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
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Art and revolt will die only with the last man. Albert Camus
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...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
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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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And then came human beings; humans wanted to cling but there was nothing to cling to. Albert Camus
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An achievement is a bondage. It obliges one to a higher achievement. Albert Camus
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He had opened his heart to the sublime indifference of the universe Albert Camus
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Every ideology is contrary to human psychology. 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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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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Wandering seemed no more than the happiness of an anxious man. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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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
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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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