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Albert Camus
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True debauchery is liberating because it creates no obligations. In it you possess only yourself, hence it remains the favorite pastime of the great lovers of their own person. Albert Camus
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To feel absolutely right is the beginning of the end. Albert Camus
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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
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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
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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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But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself. Albert Camus
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But when a man has had only four hours' sleep he isn't sentimental. He sees things as they are: that is to say, he sees them in the garish light of justice; hideous, witless justice. Albert Camus
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Where would his torture be, indeed, if at every step the hope of succeeding upheld him? Albert Camus
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The only deep emotion I occasionally felt in these affairs was gratitude, when all was going well and I was left, not only peace, but freedom to come and go-never kinder and gayer with one woman than when I had just left another's bed, as if I extended to all others the debt I had just contracted toward one of them. Albert Camus
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What is a rebel? A man who says no. 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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History only exists, in the final analysis, for God. 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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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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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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And it was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness. Albert Camus
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For the first time in a long time I thought about Maman. I felt as if I understood why at the end of her life she had taken a 'fiance,' why she had played at beginning again. Even there, in that home where lives were fading out, evening was a kind of wistful respite. So close to death, Maman must have felt free then and ready to live it all again. Nobody, nobody had the right to cry over her. And I felt ready to live it all again too. Albert Camus
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That's love, giving everything, sacrificing all without hope of return. 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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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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No excuses ever, for anyone; that is my principle at the outset. I deny the good intention, the respectable mistake, the indiscretion, the extenuating circumstance. With me there is no giving of absolution or blessing. 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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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 the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. Albert Camus
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Everything considered, a determined soul will always manage. 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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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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