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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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Each generation doubtless feels called upon to reform the world. Mine knows that it will not reform it, but its task is perhaps even greater. It consists in preventing the world from destroying itself. Albert Camus
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We rarely confide in those who are better than we are. Albert Camus
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All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State. 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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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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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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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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There is a terrible emptiness in me, an indifference that hurts. Albert Camus
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Absurd- that is the light mind that establishes its own borders. Albert Camus
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Rebellion, in man, is the refusal to be treated as an object and to be reduced to simple historical terms. It is the affirmation of a nature common to all men, which eludes the world of power. Albert Camus
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... man has an idea of a better world than this. But better does not mean different, it means unified... Religion or crime, every human endeavor in fact, finally obeys this unreasonabledesire and claims to give life a form it does not have. Albert Camus
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The most knowledgeable person in one domain may be the most ignorant in another. Albert Camus
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If you keep on excusing, you eventually give your blessing to the slave camp, to cowardly force, to organized executioners, to the cynicism of great political monsters; you finally hand over your brothers. Albert Camus
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Everything considered, a determined soul will always manage. 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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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If it adapts itself to what the majority of our society wants, art will be a meaningless recreation. Albert Camus
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With rebellion, awareness is born. Albert Camus
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Knowing whether or not one can live without appeal is all that interests me. Albert Camus
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Let's not beat around the bush; 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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To have time was at once the most magnificent and the most dangerous of experiments. Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre. Albert Camus
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He marveled at the strange blindness by which men, though they are so alert to what changes in themselves, impose on their friends an image chosen for them once and for all. 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 have always thought it would be easier to redeem a man steeped in vice and crime than a greedy, narrow-minded, pitiless merchant. Albert Camus
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