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Albert Camus
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I rebel; therefore I exist. 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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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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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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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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When the throne of God is overturned, the rebel realizes that it is now his own responsibility to create the justice, order, and unity that he sought in vain within his own condition, and in this way to justify the fall of God. Then begins the desperate effort to create, at the price of crime and murder if necessary, the dominion of man. Albert Camus
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The important thing isn't the soundness or otherwise of the argument, but for it to make you think. 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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Friendship often ends in love, but love in friendship - never. Albert Camus
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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
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He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool. Albert Camus
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Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies. Albert Camus
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No cause justifies the deaths of innocent people. Albert Camus
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Integrity has no need of rules. Albert Camus
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Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference. Albert Camus
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By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more. Albert Camus
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The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth. Albert Camus
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It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all. Albert Camus
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You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade. Albert Camus
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In order to exist just once in the world, it is necessary never again to exist. Albert Camus
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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
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Every time somebody speaks of my honesty, there is someone who quivers inside me. Albert Camus
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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
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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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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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There are some individuals who have too strong a craving, a will, and a nostalgia for happiness ever to reach it. They always retain a bitter and passionate aftertaste, and that's the best they can hope for. Albert Camus
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There is a solitude in poverty, but a solitude which restores to each thing its value. Albert Camus
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Metaphysical rebellion is a claim, motivated by the concept of a complete unity, against the suffering of life and death and a protest against the human condition both for its incompleteness, thanks to death, and its wastefulness, thanks to evil. Albert Camus
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Analysis of rebellion leads at least to the suspicion that, contrary to the postulates of contemporary thought, a human nature does exist, as the Greeks believed. Why rebel if there is nothing permanent in oneself worth preserving? ... Rebellion, though apparently negative, since it creates nothing, is profoundly positive in that it reveals the part of man which must always be defended. Albert Camus
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The kingdom of heaven will, in fact, appear on earth , but it will be ruled over by men a mere handful to begin with, who will be the Cassars, because they were the first to understand and later, with time, by all men. Albert Camus
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Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre. Albert Camus
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Accept life, take it as it is? Stupid. The means of doing otherwise? Far from our having to take it, it is life that possesses us and on occasion shuts our mouths. Albert Camus
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It is immoral not to tell. 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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I had only a little time left and I didn't want to waste it on God. Albert Camus
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But what are a hundred million deaths? When one has served in a war, one hardly knows what a dead man is, after a while. And since a dead man has no substance unless one has actually seen him dead, a hundred million corpses broadcast through history are no more than a puff of smoke in the imagination. 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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But it takes a lot of money to live freely by the sea. Albert Camus
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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
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Have pity, Lord, on those who love and are separated. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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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
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Old married people look so much alike that they have the same number of hairs in their ears. Albert Camus
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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
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Some other memories of the funeral have stuck in my mind. The old boy's face, for instance, when he caught up with us for the last time, just outside the village. His eyes were streaming with tears, of exhaustion or distress, or both together. But because of the wrinkles they couldn't flow down. They spread out, crisscrossed, and formed a smooth gloss on the old, worn face. Albert Camus
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...he said firmly, "God can help you. All the men I've seen in your position turned to Him in their time of trouble." "Obviously," I replied, "they were at liberty to do so, if they felt like it." I, however, didn't want to be helped, and I hadn't time to work up interest for something that didn't interest me. Albert Camus
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The innocent is the person who explains nothing Albert Camus
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Every minute of life carries with it its miraculous value, and its face of eternal youth. Albert Camus
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What I believe to be true I must therefore preserve. What seems to me so obvious, even against me, I must support. Albert Camus
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Holland is a dream, Monsieur, a dream of gold and smoke-smokier by day, more gilded by night. And night and day that dream is peopled with Lohengrins like these, dreamily riding their black bicycles with high handle-bars, funereal swans constantly drifting throughout the whole country, around the seas, along the canals. Albert Camus
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I said that the world is absurd, but I was too hasty. This world in itself is not reasonable, that is all that can be said. But what is absurd is the confrontation of this irrational and the wild longing for clarity whose call echoes in the human heart. Albert Camus
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I had been right I was still right I was always right. I had lived my life one way and I could just as well lived it another. I had done this and I hadn t done that. I hadn t done this thing and I had done another. And so? Albert Camus
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People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves. Albert Camus
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I was assailed by memories of a life that wasn't mine anymore, but one in which I'd found the simplest and most lasting joys. Albert Camus
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