Albert Camus Quotes
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.
Friendship often ends in love, but love in friendship – never. – Check Out More Funny Friendship Quotes –
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.
Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question. Albert Camus Quotes from The Fall
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.
To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
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Don’t believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves.
Integrity has no need of rules.
Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.
To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
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Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
To govern means to pillage, as everyone knows.
No cause justifies the deaths of innocent people.
The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.
You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.
It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.
I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. The Stranger Albert Camus Quotes
An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
We rarely confide in those who are better than we are.
The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.
Don’t wait for the last judgment – it takes place every day.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.
Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.
A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
The society based on production is only productive, not creative.
A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.
Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.
The only really committed artist is he who, without refusing to take part in the combat, at least refuses to join the regular armies and remains a freelance.
Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.
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.
If something is going to happen to me, I want to be there. The Stranger Albert Camus Quotes
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.
A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.
Every man needs slaves like he needs clean air. To rule is to breathe, is it not? And even the most disenfranchised get to breathe. The lowest on the social scale have their spouses or their children.
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.
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.
At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures – be what he is. And, above all, accept these things.
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There is no love of life without despair of life.
I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.
When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.
We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love – first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.
It is necessary to fall in love… if only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway.
The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves.
There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.
Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic.
Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.
The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.
It is normal to give away a little of one’s life in order not to lose it all.
Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence.
Every man, and for stronger reasons, every artist, wants to be recognized. So do I.
What is a rebel? A man who says no: but whose refusal does not imply a renunciation.
Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
What the world requires of the Christians is that they should continue to be Christians.
He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.
Rebellion cannot exist without the feeling that somewhere, in some way, you are justified.
By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.
We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.
Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.
I am not made for politics because I am incapable of wanting or accepting the death of the adversary.
Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.
The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.
Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.
Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death.
Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked, or used. As for being understood – never.
As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.
How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.
No matter what cause one defends, it will suffer permanent disgrace if one resorts to blind attacks on crowds of innocent people.
We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives… inside ourselves.
The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.
Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price of goods that they cannot do without.
I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is.
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.
Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.
The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody.
There is in me an anarchy and frightful disorder. Creating makes me die a thousand deaths, because it means making order, and my entire being rebels against order. But without it I would die, scattered to the winds.
Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.
Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to live with as it is elating. We must march toward these two goals, painfully but resolutely, certain in advance of our failings on so long a road.
Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.
The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and
For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium.
To cut short the question of the law of retaliation, we must note that even in its primitive form it can operate only between two individuals of whom one is absolutely innocent, and the other absolutely guilty. The victim, to be sure, is innocent. But can the society that is supposed to represent the victim lay claim to innocence?
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