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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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No one who lives in the sunlight of gratitude that things aren't worse makes a failure of his or her life. Albert Camus
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...Any authentic creation is a gift to the future. 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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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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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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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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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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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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One must place one's principles in big things. For the small, graciousness will suffice. Albert Camus
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Every writer, big or small, needs to say or write that the genius is always hissed at by his contemporaries. Naturally, this is not true, it happens only occasionally and often by chance. But this need within the writer is enlightening. Albert Camus
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When there is no hope, one must invent hope. 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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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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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
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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
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Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders. Albert Camus
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For years I've wanted to live according to everyone else's morals. I've forced myself to live like everyone else, to look like everyone else. I said what was necessary to join together, even when I felt separate. And after all of this, catastrophe came. Now I wander amid the debris, I am lawless, torn to pieces, alone and accepting to be so, resigned to my singularity and to my infirmities. And I must rebuild a truth-after having lived all my life in a sort of lie. Albert Camus
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History only exists, in the final analysis, for God. Albert Camus
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Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority. Albert Camus
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If it adapts itself to what the majority of our society wants, art will be a meaningless recreation. Albert Camus
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Morality, when formal, devours. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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The Byronic hero, incapable of love, or capable only of an impossible love, suffers endlessly. He is solitary, languid, his condition exhausts him. If he wants to feel alive, it must be in the terrible exaltation of a brief and destructive action. Albert Camus
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But - I cannot make a choice. I have my own sorrow, but I suffer with him, too; I share his pain. I understand all - that is my trouble. Albert Camus
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We are living in the era of premeditation and the perfect crime. Our criminals are no longer helpless children who could plead love as their excuse. On the contrary, they are adults and the have the perfect alibi: philosophy, which can be used for any purpose - even for transforming murderers into judges. Albert Camus
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Like great works, deep feelings always mean more than they are conscious of saying. Albert Camus
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Fate is not in man but around him Albert Camus
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You know very well that I no longer think. I am far too intelligent for that. Albert Camus
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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
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Finally, and most of all, words failed him. 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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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
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In Oran, as elsewhere, for want of time and thought, people have to love one another without knowing it. Albert Camus
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The tragedy is not that we are alone, but that we cannot be. At times I would give anything in the world to no longer be connected by anything to this universe of men. Albert Camus
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Once in the midst of a seemingly endless winter, I discovered within myself an invincible spring. Albert Camus
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the one who doesnt play, doesnt win anything, but he actually looses somehting, {playing} Albert Camus
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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
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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
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The look of success, when it is worn a certain way, would infuriate a jackass. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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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
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I longed to be forgotten in order to be able to complain to myself. Albert Camus
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I have a very old and very faithful attachment for dogs. I like them because they always forgive. Albert Camus
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It is natural to give a clear view of the world after accepting the idea that it must be clear. Albert Camus
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The absurd has meaning only in so far as it is not agreed to. Albert Camus
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After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books. Albert Camus
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Lying is not only saying what isn't true. It is also, in fact especially, saying more than is true and, in the case of the human heart, saying more than one feels. We all do it, every day, to make life simpler. Albert Camus
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Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood - never. Albert Camus
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The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone. Albert Camus
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The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy. Albert Camus
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To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well. Albert Camus
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I am not made for politics because I am incapable of wanting or accepting the death of the adversary. Albert Camus
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To assert in any case that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no-one in his right mind will believe this today. Albert Camus
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