Albert Camus Quotes & Wallpapers

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

We have to live and let live in order to create what we are. Albert Camus

Today we are always as ready to judge as we are to fornicate. Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

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

Artistic creation is a demand for unity and a rejection of the world. Albert Camus

Friendship often ends in love, but love in friendship - never. Albert Camus

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

He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool. Albert Camus

Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies. Albert Camus

No cause justifies the deaths of innocent people. Albert Camus

Integrity has no need of rules. Albert Camus

Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference. Albert Camus

By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more. Albert Camus

The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth. Albert Camus

It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all. Albert Camus

You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade. Albert Camus

In order to exist just once in the world, it is necessary never again to exist. Albert Camus

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

Every time somebody speaks of my honesty, there is someone who quivers inside me. Albert Camus

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

Revolt and revolution both wind up at the same crossroads: the police, or folly. Albert Camus

There is always a philosophy for lack of courage. Albert Camus

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

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

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

It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners. Albert Camus

Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority. Albert Camus

If it adapts itself to what the majority of our society wants, art will be a meaningless recreation. Albert Camus

Morality, when formal, devours. Albert Camus

The only conception of freedom I can have is that of the prisoner or the individual in the midst of the State. The only one I know is freedom of thought and action. Albert Camus

All systems of morality are based on the idea that an action has consequences that legitimize or cancel it. A mind imbued with the absurd merely judges that those consequences must be considered calmly. Albert Camus

Everything considered, a determined soul will always manage. Albert Camus

But it takes a lot of money to live freely by the sea. Albert Camus

After all, I do not have so many ways of proving that I am free. We is always free at the expense of someone else. It is a bother,but it is normal. Albert Camus

Have pity, Lord, on those who love and are separated. Albert Camus

You know, [women] do not really condemn any weakness: rather, they try to humiliate or disarm our strengths. That is why women arethe reward, not of the warrior, but of the criminal. Albert Camus

What is human in me is not what is best in me. What is human in me is that I desire, and to obtain what I desire, I believe I would crush anything that stood in my way. Albert Camus

I was always able to understand my friend who decided to quit smoking and who, through an effort of will, succeeded in doing so. One morning, he opened the newspaper, read that the first H- bomb had exploded, found out about the bomb's admirable effects and went straight to the tobacconist's. Albert Camus

Old married people look so much alike that they have the same number of hairs in their ears. Albert Camus

The more I accuse myself, the more right I have to judge you. Even better, I make you judge yourself, which comforts me the more. Albert Camus

To create today is to create dangerously. Any publication is an act, and that act exposes one to the passions of an age that forgives nothing. Albert Camus

As for those whose role it is to love us - I mean, relatives and in-laws (what a word)- It's a different tune. They find the right word, but it's usually the one that wounds. Albert Camus

I longed to be forgotten in order to be able to complain to myself. Albert Camus

I have a very old and very faithful attachment for dogs. I like them because they always forgive. Albert Camus

It is natural to give a clear view of the world after accepting the idea that it must be clear. Albert Camus

The absurd has meaning only in so far as it is not agreed to. Albert Camus

the one who doesnt play, doesnt win anything, but he actually looses somehting, {playing} Albert Camus

Thus, I always began by assuming the worst; my appeal was dismissed. That meant, of course, I was to die. Sooner than others, obviously. 'But,' I reminded myself, 'it's common knowledge that life isn't worth living, anyhow.' And, on a wide view, I could see that it makes little difference whether one dies at the age of thirty or threescore and ten- since, in either case, other men will continue living, the world will go on as before. Also, whether I died now or forty years hence, this business of dying had to be got through, inevitably. Albert Camus

A single sentence will suffice for modern man. He fornicated and read the papers. After that vigorous definition, the subject will be, if I may say so, exhausted. Albert Camus

The look of success, when it is worn a certain way, would infuriate a jackass. Albert Camus

After all perhaps the greatness of art lies in the perpetual tension between beauty and pain, the love of men and the madness of creation, unbearable solitude and the exhausting crowd, rejection and consent. Albert Camus

For the absurd man, it is not a matter of explaining and solving, but of experiencing and describing. Everything begins with lucid indifference. Albert Camus

There is not one talent for living and another for creating. The same suffices for both. And one can be sure that the talent that could not produce but an artificial work could not sustain but a frivolous life. Albert Camus

In our well-policed society we recognize that an illness is serious from the fact that we don't dare speak of it directly. Albert Camus

No doubt our love was still there, but quite simply it was unusable, heavy to carry, inert inside of us, sterile as crime or condemnation. It was no longer anything except a patience with no future and a stubborn wait. Albert Camus

Finally, and most of all, words failed him. 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

how hard it must be to live only with what one knows and what one remembers, cut off from what one hopes for! Albert Camus

In Oran, as elsewhere, for want of time and thought, people have to love one another without knowing it. Albert Camus

My conclusion will be simple. It will consist of saying, in the very midst of the sound and the fury of our history: Let us rejoice. Let us rejoice, indeed, at having witnessed the death of a lying and comfort-loving Europe and at being faced with cruel truths. Albert Camus

At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman, and these hills, the softness of the sky, the outline of these trees at this very minute lose the illusory meaning with which we had clothed them, henceforth more remote than a lost paradise... that denseness and that strangeness of the world is absurd. Albert Camus

There was a time when I did' at any minute have the slightest idea how I could reach the next one. Yes, one can wage war in this world, ape love, torture one's fellow man, or merely say evil of one's neighbour while knitting. But, in certain cases, carrying on, merely continuing, is superhuman. Albert Camus

To feel absolutely right is the beginning of the end. Albert Camus

What made me run away was doubtless not so much the fear of settling down, but of settling down permanently in something ugly. Albert Camus

I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again. For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate. Albert Camus

I shall not, as far as I am concerned, try to pass myself off as a Christian in your presence. I share with you the same revulsion from evil. But I do not share your hope, and I continue to struggle against this universe in which children suffer and die. Albert Camus

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