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Albert Camus
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There are always reasons for murdering a man. But there is no justification for his existence. Albert Camus
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History has shown that the less people read, the more books they buy. Albert Camus
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But the world itself has no reason, and I can say so, I who have experienced it all, from the creation to the destruction. 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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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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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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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 rebel; therefore I exist. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Without work all life goes rotten. Albert Camus
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I conceived at least one great love in my life, of which I was always the object. Albert Camus
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There is but one freedom, to put oneself right with death. After that everything is possible. Albert Camus
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There is but one freedom, To put oneself right with death. After that everything is possible. I cannot force you to believe in God. Believing in God amounts to coming to terms with death. When you have accepted death, the problem of God will be solved, and not the reverse. Albert Camus
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In order to exist, man must rebel, but rebellion must respect the limits that it discovers in itself - limits where minds meet, and in meeting, begin to exist. Albert Camus
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A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world. Albert Camus
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Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it. Albert Camus
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Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being. 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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