Albert Camus Quotes

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1. “Don’t walk in front of me… I may not followDon’t walk behind me… I may not leadWalk beside me… just be my friend”

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2. “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”

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3. “I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : Notebooks 1951-1959

4. “An intellectual? Yes. And never deny it. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched. "Can they be brought together?" This is a practical question. We must get down to it. "I despise intelligence" really means: "I cannot bear my doubts.”

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5. “Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.”

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6. “But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”

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7. “To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.”

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8. “But above all, in order to be, never try to seem.”

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Source : Notebooks, 1935-1951

9. “If something is going to happen to me, I want to be there.”

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Source : The Stranger

10. “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.”

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11. “Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”

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Source : Notebooks 1935-1942

12. “Au milieu de l'hiver, j'apprenais enfin qu'il y avait en moi un été invincible.”

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Source : Noces / L'été

13. “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

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14. “You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.”

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Source : The Fall

15. “Live to the point of tears.”

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16. “Don't you think our society is designed to kill in that way? Of course, you've surely heard about those tiny fish in the rivers of Brazil which attack the swimmer by the thousands, eat him up in a few moments in quick little mouthfuls and leave only a perfectly clean skeleton behind? So, that's the way they're constituted. 'Do you want a clean life, like everyone else?' Of course the answer is yes. How could you not? 'Fine. We'll clean you up. Here's a job, here's a family, here's some organized leisure.' And the little teeth bite into the flesh, right down to the bone. But i'm being unfair. I shouldn't have said, 'the way they're constituted', because after all, it's our way, too: it's a case of who strips whom.”

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17. “Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

18. “Whereas during those months of separation time had never gone quickly enough for their liking and they were wanting to speed its flight, now that they were in sight of the town they would have liked to slow it down and hold each moment in suspense, once the breaks went on and the train was entering the station. For the sensation, confused perhaps, but none the less poingant for that, of all those days and weeks and months of life lost to their love made them vaguely feel they were entitled to some compensation; this present hour of joy should run at half the speed of those long hours of waiting.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Plague

19. “... We need the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive.”

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20. “The truth is that every intelligent man, as you know, dreams of being a gangster and of ruling over society by force alone. As it is not so easy as the detective novels might lead one to believe, one generally relies on politics and joins the cruelest party.What does it matter, after all, if by humiliating one's mind one succeeds in dominating every one? I discovered in myself sweet dreams of oppression.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Fall

21. “People don't love each other at our age —they please each other, that's all. Later on when you're old and impotent, you can love somebody. At our age, you just think you do. That's all it is.”

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22. “Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.”

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Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

23. “I used to advertise my loyalty and I don't believe there is a single person I loved that I didn't eventually betray.”

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Source : The Fall

24. “The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.”

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Source : The Plague

25. “He knew now that it was his own will to happiness which must make the next move. But if he was to do so, he realized that he must come to terms with time, that to have time was at once the most magnificent and the most dangerous of experiments. Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : A Happy Death

26. “Mostly, I could tell, I made him feel uncomfortable. He didn't understand me, and he was sort of holding it against me. I felt the urge to reassure him that I was like everybody else, just like everybody else. But really there wasn't much point, and I gave up the idea out of laziness.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : L'Étranger

27. “Happiness and the absurd are two sons of the same earth. They are inseparable.”

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28. “Thus I draw from the absurd three consequences, which are myrevolt, my freedom, and my passion. By the mere activity ofconsciousness I transform into a rule of life what was an invitationto death—and I refuse suicide.”

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29. “Accepting the absurdity of everything around us is one step, a necessary experience: it should not become a dead end. It arouses a revolt that can become fruitful”

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30. “A step lower and strangeness creeps in: perceiving that the world is "dense", sensing to what a degree a stone is foreign and irreducible to us, with what intensity nature or a landscape can negate us. 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. The primitive hostility of the world rises up to face us across millenia.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

31. “Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.”

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32. “I shall tell you a great secret my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day.”

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33. “Men are never convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity, of the seriousness of your sufferings, except by your death. So long as you are alive, your case is doubtful; you have a right only to their skepticism.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Fall

34. “What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

35. “It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : Neither Victims Nor Executioners

36. “People don't love each other at our age, Marthe—they please each other, that's all. Later on, when you're old and impotent, you can love someone. At our age, you just think you do. That's all it is.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : A Happy Death

37. “The actor's realm is that of the fleeting. Of all kinds of fame, it is known, his is the most ephemeral. At least, this is said in conversation. But all kinds of fame are ephemeral. From the point of view of Sirius, Goethe's works in ten thousand years will be dust and his name forgotten.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

38. “I would like to be able to breathe— to be able to love her by memory or fidelity. But my heart aches. I love you continuously, intensely.”

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Source : Notebooks 1951-1959

39. “You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.”

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40. “In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion."[The Minotaur]”

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Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

41. “If we believe in nothing, if nothing has any meaning and if we can affirm no values whatsoever, then everything is possible and nothing has any importance.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

42. “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.”

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43. “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”

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44. “Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.”

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45. “I have no idea what's awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.”

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Source : The Plague

46. “The most important thing you do everyday you live is deciding not to kill yourself.”

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47. “There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined.”

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48. “Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.”

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49. “O zaman neden bilmem, içimde bir şey delinir, yırtılır gibi oldu. Avazım çıktığı kadar bağırmaya başladım, ona küfür ettim, dua filan etmemesini söyledim. Cüppesinin yakasını sımsıkı kavramıştım. Yüreğimin içinde ne varsa hepsini sevinç ve öfke patlamalarıyla karışık bir halde onun yüzüne haykırıyordum. Kendinden ne kadar da emin görünüyordu, değil mi? Halbuki onun bu güvenli edalarının bir kadın saçı kadar bile değeri yoktu.Yaşadığına bile emin değildi, bir ölü gibi yaşıyordu çünkü. Bense ellerim boş gibi duruyordum ama kendimden de, her şeyden de emindim, ondan daha emindim, hayatımdan da, gelmek üzere olan şu ölümden de emindim. Evet, bundan başka şeyim yoktu. Ama hiç değilse, bu gerçek beni nasıl karşılamışsa ben de onu öylece kavramış bulunuyordum.Önceden de haklıydım, şimdi de haklıydım, hep haklı olacaktım. Şimdiye kadar bu şekilde yaşamıştım. Şimdiden sonra da bu şekilde yaşayabilirdim. Şunu yapmış, bunu yapmamıştım. Filan şeyi yapmamıştım, ama falan şeyi de yapmıştım. Daha ne olmak ihtimali vardı? Hayatım boyunca bu dakikayı ve cezaya çarptırılacağım bu şafak saatini beklemiştim sanki. Hiç bir şeyin, ama hiçbir şeyin önemi yoktu ve ben bunun niçin böyle olduğunu biliyordum.”

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50. “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.”

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51. “The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.”

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52. “But, you know, I feel more fellowship with the defeated than with saints. Heroism and sanctity don't really appeal to me, I imagine. What interests me is being a man.”

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Source : The Plague

53. “I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn't capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.”

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Source : The Plague

54. “Personne n'est capable réellement de penser à personne, fût-ce dans le pire des malheurs. Car penser réellement à quelqu'un, c'est y penser minute après minute, sans être distrait par rien, ni les soins du ménage, ni la mouche qui vole, ni les repas, ni une démangeaison. Mais il y a toujours des mouches et des démangeaisons. C'est pourquoi la vie est difficile à vivre.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Plague

55. “When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”

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56. “It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.”

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57. “Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep”

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58. “On moonlight nights the long, straight street and dirty white walls, nowhere darkened by the shadow of a tree, their peace untroubled by footsteps or a dog's bark, glimmered in the pale recession. The silent city was no more than an assemblage of huge, inert cubes, between which only the mute effigies of great men, carapaced in bronze, with their blank stone or metal faces, conjured up a sorry semblance of what the man had been. In lifeless squares and avenues these tawdry idols lorded it under the lowering sky; stolid monsters that might have personified the rule of immobility imposed on us, or, anyhow, its final aspect, that of a defunct city in which plague, stone, and darkness had effectively silenced every voice.”

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Source : The Plague

59. “People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.”

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Source : The Fall

60. “I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.”

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61. “Remembrance of things past is just for the rich. For the poor it only marks the faint traces on the path to death.”

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Source : The First Man

62. “He was one of those rare people, rare in our town as elsewhere, who have the courage of their good feelings. What little he told of his personal life vouched for acts of kindness and a capacity for affection that no one in our times dares own to.”

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Source : The Plague

63. “Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but 'steal' some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : Notebooks 1951-1959

64. “It is immoral not to tell.”

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65. “In the vast reaches of the dry, cold night, thousands of stars were constantly appearing, and their sparkling icicles, loosened at once, began to slip gradually toward the horizon.”

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66. “What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.”

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67. “A man devoid of hope and conscious of being so has ceased to belong to the future.”

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Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

68. “If the only significant history of human thought were to be written, it would have to be the history of its successive regrets and its impotences.”

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69. “Foi então que tudo vacilou. O mar trouxe um sopro espesso e ardente. Pareceu-me que o céu se abria em toda a sua extensão, deixando chover fogo. Todo o meu ser se retesou e crispei a mão sobre o revólver. O gatilho cedeu, toquei o ventre polido da coronha e foi aí, no barulho ao mesmo tempo seco e ensurdecedor, que tudo começou. Sacudi o suor e o sol. Compreendi que destruíra o equilíbrio do dia, o silêncio excepcional de uma praia onde havia sido feliz. Então atirei quatro vezes ainda num corpo inerte em que as balas se enterravam sem que se desse por isso. E era como se desse quatro batidas secas na porta da desgraça.”

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Source : The Stranger

70. “There is scarcely any passion without struggle.”

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Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

71. “Au milieu de l'hiver, j'ai découvert en moi un invincible été.”

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72. “I rebel; therefore I exist.”

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73. “From the moment that man believes neither in God nor in immortal life, he becomes 'responsible for everything alive, for everything that, born of suffering, is condemned to suffer from life.' It is he, and he alone, who must discover law and order. Then the time of exile begins, the endless search for justification, the aimless nostalgia, 'the most painful, the most heartbreaking question, that of the heart which asks itself: where can I feel at home?”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

74. “That sensation of a void within which never left us, that irrational longing to hark back to the past or else to speed up the march of time, and those keen shafts of memory that stung like fire.”

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75. “What can a meaning outside my condition mean to me? I can understand only in human terms. What I touch, what resists me--that is what I understand. And these two certainties--my appetite for the absolute and for unity and the impossibility of reducing this world to a rational and reasonable principle--I also know that I cannot reconcile them. What other truth can I admit without lying, without bringing in a hope which I lack and which means nothing within the limits of my condition?”

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Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

76. “If, after all, men cannot always make history have a meaning, they can always act so that their own lives have one.”

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77. “Ce qu'on appelle une raison de vivre est en même temps une excellente raison de mourir.”

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Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

78. “There is not love of life without despair about life.”

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Source : The Stranger

79. “Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”

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80. “Man stands face to face with the irrational. He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

81. “Likewise and during every day of an unillustrious life, time carries us. But a moment always comes when we have to carry it. We live on the future: “tomorrow,” “later on,” “when you have made your way,” “you will understand when you are old enough.” Such irrelevancies are wonderful, for, after all, it’s a matter of dying. Yet a day comes when a man notices or says that he is thirty. Thus he asserts his youth. But simultaneously he situates himself in relation to time. He takes his place in it. He admits that he stands at a certain point on a curve that he acknowledges having to travel to its end. He belongs to time, and by the horror that seizes him, he recognizes his worst enemy. Tomorrow, he was longing for tomorrow, whereas everything in him ought to reject it. That revolt of the flesh is the absurd.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

82. “Mother used to say that however miserable one is, there’s always something to be thankful for. And each morning, when the sky brightened and light began to flood my cell, I agreed with her.”

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Source : The Stranger

83. “Of whom and of what can I say: "I know that"! This heart within me I can feel, and I judge that it exists. This world I can touch, and I likewise judge that it exists. There ends all my knowledge, and the rest is construction. For if I try to seize this self of which I feel sure, if I try to define and to summarize it, it is nothing but water slipping through my fingers. I can sketch one by one all the aspects it is able to assume, all those likewise that have been attributed to it, this upbringing, this origin, this ardor or these silences, this nobility or this vileness. But aspects cannot be added up. This very heart which is mine will forever remain indefinable to me. Between the certainty I have of my existence and the content I try to give to that assurance the gap will never be filled.”

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Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

84. “Existence is illusory and it is eternal.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

85. “Aujourd'hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas. J'ai reçu un télégramme de l'asile : « Mère décédée. Enterrement demain. Sentiments distingués. » Cela ne veut rien dire. C'était peut-être hier.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Stranger

86. “We lead a difficult life, not always managing to fit our actions to the vision we have of the world. (And when I think I have caught a glimpse of the color of my fate, it flees from my gaze.) We struggle and suffer to reconquer our solitude. But a day comes when the earth has its simple and primitive smile. Then, it is as if the struggles and life within us were rubbed out. Millions of eyes have looked at this landscape, and for me it is like the first smile of the world. It takes me out of myself, in the deepest meaning of the expression. It assures me that nothing matters except my love, and that even this love has no value for me unless it remains innocent and free. It denies me a personality, and deprives my suffering of its echo. The world is beautiful, and this is everything. The great truth which it patiently teaches me is that neither the mind nor even the heart has any importance. And that the stone warmed by the stone or the cypress tree swelling against the empty sky set a boundary to the only world in which "to be right" has any meaning: nature without men. This world reduces me to nothing. It carries me to the very end. Without anger, it denies that I exist. And, agreeing to my defeat, I move toward a wisdom where everything has already been conquered -- except that tears come into my eyes, and this great sob of poetry which swells my heart makes me forget the truth of the world.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : Notebooks 1935-1942

87. “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.”

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88. “So long as the mind keeps silent in the motionless world of its hopes, everything is reflected and arranged in the unity of its nostalgia. But with its first move this world cracks and tumbles: an infinite number of shimmering fragments is offered to the understanding. We must despair of ever reconstructing the familiar, calm surface which would give us peace of heart.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

89. “...A day comes when a man notices or says that he is thirty. Thus he asserts his youth. But simultaneously he situates himself in relation to time. He takes his place in it. He admits that he stands at a certain point on a curve that he acknowledges having to travel to its end. He belongs to time, and by the horror that seizes him, he recognizes his worst enemy. Tomorrow, he was longing for tomorrow, whereas everything in him ought to reject it.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

90. “Weariness comes at the end of the acts of a mechanical life, but at the same time it inaugurates the impulse of consciousness. It awakens consciousness and provokes what follows. What follows is the gradual return into the chain or it is the definitive awakening. At the end of the awakening comes, in time, the consequence: suicide or recovery. In itself weariness has something sickening about it. Here, I must conclude that it is good. For everything begins with consciousness and nothing is worth anything except through it.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

91. “All existence for a man turned away from the eternal is but a vast mime under the mask of the absurd. Creation is the great mime…it is itself an absurd phenomenon.”

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92. “The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

93. “A existência inteira, para um homem afastado do eterno, não passa de uma imitação desmesurada sob a máscara do absurdo.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : El Mito de Sisifo

94. “Cinta adalah keinginan yang menyengsarakan, tapi jangan pernah berpikir kalau cinta tidak berguna. Paling tidak, dengan mencintai kau mempunyai sedikit dalih untuk keputusasaan tanpa alasan yang diderita oleh semua manusia.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : A Happy Death

95. “We refuse to despair of mankind. Without having the unreasonable ambition to save men, we still want to serve them.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Plague

96. “And here are trees and I know their gnarled surface, water and I feel its taste. These scents of grass and stars at night, certain evenings when the heart relaxes-how shall I negate this world whose power and strength I feel? Yet all the knowledge on earth will give me nothing to assure me that this world is mine. You describe it to me and you teach me to classify it. You enumerate its laws and in my thirst for knowledge I admit that they are true. You take apart its mechanism and my hope increases. At the final stage you teach me that this wondrous and multicolored universe can be reduced to the atom and that the atom itself can be reduced to the electron. All this is good and I wait for you to continue. But you tell me of an invisible planetary system in which electrons gravitate around a nucleus. You explain this world to me with an image. I realize then that you have been reduced to poetry: I shall never know.”

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Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus

97. “I rebel — therefore we exist”

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98. “Stupidity has a knack of getting its way; as we should see if we were not always so much wrapped up in ourselves.”

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99. “Don't lies eventually lead to the truth? And don't all my stories, true or false, tend toward the same conclusion? Don't they all have the same meaning? So what does it matter whether they are true or false if, in both cases, they are significant of what I have been and what I am? Sometimes it is easier to see clearly into the liar than into the man who tells the truth. Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.”

Tags : Liars Stories Truth
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Fall

100. “There is something divine in mindless beauty.”

Tags : Beauty Divine Mindless
Author : Albert Camus
Source : A Happy Death

101. “Absolute virtue is impossible and the republic of forgiveness leads, with implacable logic, to the republic of the guillotine.”

Tags : Forgiveness Ideology Puritanism Religion Theocracy Virtue
Author : Albert Camus

102. “In a moment, when I throw myself down among the absinthe plants to bring their scent into my body, I shall know, appearances to the contrary, that I am fulfilling a truth which is the sun's and which will also be my death's. In a sense, it is indeed my life that I am staking here, a life that tastes of warm stone, that is full of the signs of the sea and the rising song of the crickets. The breeze is cool and the sky blue. I love this life with abandon and wish to speak of it boldly: it makes me proud of my human condition. Yet people have often told me: there's nothing to be proud of. Yes, there is: this sun, this sea, my heart leaping with youth, the salt taste of my body and this vast landscape in which tenderness and glory merge in blue and yellow. It is to conquer this that I need my strength and my resources. Everything here leaves me intact, I surrender nothing of myself, and don no mask: learning patiently and arduously how to live is enough for me, well worth all their arts of living.”

Tags : Sensualism Youth
Author : Albert Camus

103. “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.”

Tags : Beauty
Author : Albert Camus

104. “In our wildest aberrations we dream of an equilibrium we have left behind and which we naively expect to find at the end of our errors. Childish presumption which justifies the fact that child-nations, inheriting our follies, are now directing our history.”

Tags : Equilibrium History Presumption
Author : Albert Camus

105. “Moreover, most people, assuming they had not altogether abandoned religious observances, or did not combine them naively with a thoroughly immoral way of living, had replaced normal religious practice by more or less extravagant superstitions.”

Tags : Beliefs Religion Superstition
Author : Albert Camus

106. “There can be no question of holding forth on ethics. I have seen people behave badly with great morality and I note every day that integrity has no need of rules”

Tags : Existentialism Morality
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

107. “Ce que je sais de la morale, c'est au football que je le dois.(I know of morality, it is football that I owe.)”

Tags : Football Morality Soccer
Author : Albert Camus

108. “If there were a party of those who aren't sure they're right, I'd belong to it. ~(Camus, as quoted by Tony Judt)”

Tags : Camus Ethics Philosophy Tony Judt
Author : Albert Camus

109. “Creating is living doubly. The groping, anxious quest of a Proust, his meticulous collecting of flowers, of wallpapers, and of anxieties, signifies nothing else.”

Tags : Anxiety Art Creating Flowers Marcel Proust Wallpaper
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

110. “Le fameux discours de Saint-Just a ainsi tous les airs d'une étude théologique. "Louis [XVI] étranger parmis nous", voila la thèse de l'adolescent accusateur. Si un contrat, naturel ou civil, pouvait encore lier le roi et son peuple, il y aurait obligation mutuelle; la volonté du peuple ne pourrait s'ériger en juge absolu pour prononcer le jugement absolu. Il s'agit donc de démontrer qu'aucun rapport ne lie le peuple et le roi. Pour prouver que le peuple est en lui-même la vérité éternelle, il faut montrer que la royauté est en elle-même crime éternel.”

Tags : Anarchy Freedom Non Hierarchy Peace Self Sovereignty Slaves Sovereignty True Freedom Truth
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

111. “The reasoning is classic in its clarity. If God does not exist, Kirilov is god. If God does not exist, Kirilov must kill himself. Kirilov must therefore kill himself to become god. That logic is absurd, but it is what is needed.”

Tags : Fyodor Dostoevsky God Kirilov The Possessed
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

112. “The priest gazed around my cell and answered in a voice that sounded very weary to me. 'Every stone here sweats with suffering, I know that. I have never looked at them without a feeling of anguish. But deep in my heart I know that the most wretched among you have seen a divine face emerge from their darkness. That is the face you are asked to see.'This perked me up a little. I said I had been looking at the stones in these walls for months. There wasn't anything or anyone in the world I knew better. Maybe at one time, way back, I had searched for a face in them. But the face I was looking for was as bright as the sun and the flame of desire—and it belonged to Marie.”

Tags : Divine Love Suffering
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Stranger

113. “Enquanto vocês fazem as suas três refeições diárias, trabalham as suas oito horas e mantêm suas duas mulheres, imaginam que tudo está na mais perfeita ordem. Não, vocês não estão em ordem, mas em fila. Bem alinhados, a fisionomia serena, já maduros para a calamidade.”

Tags : Burguesia Calamidade Capitalismo Fascismo Ordem Política Sociedade Totalitarismo
Author : Albert Camus
Source : L'état de siège

114. “Every time I hear a political speech or I read those of our leaders, I am horrified at having, for years, heard nothing which sounded human. It is always the same words telling the same lies.”

Tags : Current Events Nothing Ever Changes Politics The Sad Truth
Author : Albert Camus

115. “On the whole, men are more good than bad; that, however, isn't the real point. But they are more or less ignorant, and it is this that we call vice or virtue; the most incorrigible vice being that of an ignorance that fancies it knows everything and therefore claims for itself the right to kill. The soul of the murderer is blind; and there can be no true goodness nor true love without the utmost clear-sightedness.”

Tags : Camus Existentialism Goodness Ignorance The Plague
Author : Albert Camus

116. “Et jamais je n’ai senti, si avant, à la fois mon détachement de moi-même et ma présence au monde”

Tags : Detachment Melancholy
Author : Albert Camus
Source : Noces

117. “ou nous ne sommes pas libres et Dieu tout-puissant est responsable du mal. Ou nous sommes libres et responsables mais Dieu n'est pas tout-puissant. Toutes les subtilités d'écoles n'ont rien ajouté ni soustrait au tranchant de ce paradoxe.”

Tags : Evil Free Will God
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus

118. “A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.”

Tags : Free Press Free Speech Press
Author : Albert Camus

119. “Egli [Marx] ha posto il lavoro, il suo avvilimento ingiusto e la sua dignità profonda, al centro della sua riflessione. È insorto contro la riduzione del lavoro a merce e del lavoratore a cosa. Ha ricordato ai privilegiati che i loro privilegi non erano divini, né la proprietà un diritto eterno. Ha dato inquietudine alla coscienza di coloro che non avevano il diritto di serbarla tranquilla e ha denunciato, con profondità senza pari, una classe il cui delitto sta non tanto nell'aver avuto il potere, quanto nell'averne usato ai fini di una società mediocre e senza vera nobiltà.”

Tags : Marx Marxism Marxismo
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

120. “Gli dobbiamo [a Marx] quest'idea che fa la disperazione del nostro tempo – ma qui la disperazione vale più di qualsiasi speranza – che quando il lavoro è avvilimento, non è vita, sebbene occupi tutto il tempo della vita. Chi, nonostante le pretese di questa società, può dormirvi in pace, sapendo ormai che essa trae i suoi mediocri piaceri dal lavoro di milioni d'anime morte? Esigendo per il lavoratore la vera ricchezza, che non è quella del denaro, ma quella degli svaghi o della creazione, egli ha rivendicato, nonostante le apparenze, la qualità dell'uomo. Facendo questo, lo possiamo affermare con forza, non ha voluto la degradazione supplementare che è stata, in suo nome, imposta all'uomo. Una frase, per una volta chiara e tagliente, rifiuta per sempre ai suoi discepoli trionfanti la grandezza e l'umanità che gli erano proprie. “Un fine che ha bisogno di mezzi ingiusti, non è un fine giusto”.”

Tags : Marx Marxism Marxismo
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

121. “Já reparou que só a morte desperta nossos sentimentos? Como amamos os amigos que acabam de deixar-nos, não acha?! Como admiramos nossos mestres que já não falam mais, que estão com a boca cheia de terra! A homenagem vem, então, muito naturalmente, essa mesma homenagem que talvez tivessem esperado de nós durante a vida inteira. Mas sabe por que somos sempre mais justos e mais generosos para com os mortos? A razão é simples! Em relação a eles, já não há obrigações. Deixam-nos livres, podemos dispor de nosso tempo, encaixar a homenagem entre o coquetel e uma doce amante: em resumo, nas horas vagas. Se nos impusessem algo, seria a memória, e nós temos a memória curta. Não é o morto recente que nós amamos em nossos amigos, o morto doloroso, nossa emoção, enfim, nós mesmos![...] É assim o homem, caro senhor, com duas faces: não consegue amar sem se amar. Observe seus vizinhos, se por acaso ocorrer um falecimento no prédio. Adormecidos em sua vidinha, e eis que morre o porteiro. Despertam imediatamente, agitam-se, informa-se, enchem-se de compaixão. Um morto no prelo e o espetáculo começa, finalmente. Eles têm necessidade de tragédia que se pode fazer? - é sua pequena transcendência, é seu aperitivo. Será, aliás, por acaso que lhe falo em porteiro? Eu tinha um, que era uma verdadeira desgraça, a maldade em pessoa, um monstro de insignificância e de rancor que faria desanimar um franciscano. Eu nem sequer lhe dirigia a palavra, mas, por sua própria existência, ele comprometia minha satisfação habitual. Morreu, e eu fui a seu enterro. Será capaz de me dizer por quê?”

Tags : Human Nature
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Fall

122. “You can't create experience, you undergo it.”

Tags : Contemporary Romance
Author : Albert Camus

123. “I feel like getting married, or committing suicide, or subscribing to L'Illustration. Something desperate, you know.”

Tags : Desperation Humor
Author : Albert Camus
Source : A Happy Death

124. “If pimps and thieves were invariably sentenced, all decent people would get to thinking they themselves were constantly innocent.”

Tags : Courts Ego Guilt Hubris Innocence Legal Morality The Law Vanity
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Fall

125. “You always get exaggerated notions about things you don't know anything about.”

Tags : Exaggerate
Author : Albert Camus

126. “Everything I know about morality and the obligations of men, I owe it to football (soccer).”

Tags : Soccer
Author : Albert Camus

127. “For Mersault, nothing mattered in those days. And the first time Marthe went limp in his arms and her features blurred as they came closer - the lips that had been as motionless as painted flowers now quivering and extended - Mersault saw in her not the future but all the force of his desire focused upon her and and satisfied by this appearance, this image. The lips she offered him seemed a message from a world without passion and swollen with desire, where his heart would find satisfaction. And this seemed a miracle to him. His heard pounded with an emotion he almost took for love. And when he felt the ripe and resilient flesh under his teeth, it was as though he bit into a kind of fierce liberty, after caressing her a long time with his own lips. She became his mistress that same day.”

Tags : Love Mistress
Author : Albert Camus
Source : A Happy Death

128. “Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.”

Tags : On Fiction
Author : Albert Camus

129. “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.”

Tags : Irony
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Fall

130. “I didn’t like having to explain to them, so I just shut up, smoked a cigarette, and looked at the sea.”

Tags : Explanations Gazing Inexplicability Nonconformist Nonfconformism Quietness Silence Smoking
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Stranger

131. “It was in Spain that [my generation] learned that one can be right and yet be beaten, that force can vanquish spirit, that there are times when courage is not its own recompense. It is this, doubtless, which explains why so many, the world over, feel the Spanish drama as a personal tragedy.”

Tags : Spain Vanquish Victory War
Author : Albert Camus

132. “What I believe to be true I must therefore preserve. What seems to me so obvious, even against me, I must support.”

Tags : Preservation The Myth Of Sisyphus Truth
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

133. “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.”

Tags : Art Creation Culture
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

134. “We do not have feelings which change us, but feelings that suggest to us the idea of change. Thus love does not purge us of selfishness, but makes us aware of it and gives us the idea of a distant country where this selfishness will disappear.”

Tags : Change Love Selfishness
Author : Albert Camus

135. “O young girl, throw yourself again into the water so that I might have a second time the chance to save the two of us!" A second time, eh, what imprudence! Suppose, dear sir, someone actually took our word for it? It would have to be fulfilled. Brr...! the water is so cold! But let's reassure ourselves. It's too late now, it will always be too late. Fortunately!”

Tags : Death Irony Salvation Selfishness
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Fall

136. “To create is to live twice.”

Tags : Albert Camus Create Live
Author : Albert Camus

137. “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: the smells of summer, the part of town I loved, a certain evening sky, Marie's dresses and the way she laughed.”

Tags : Joy Memories
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Stranger

138. “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. He was being judged by what he had been. Just as dogs don't change character, men are dogs to one another.”

Tags : Change Constancy
Author : Albert Camus

139. “Viene sempre il momento in cui bisogna scegliere fra la contemplazione e l'azione. Ciò si chiama diventare un uomo.”

Tags : Actions Manhood
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus

140. “Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it.”

Tags : Hope
Author : Albert Camus

141. “Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them.”

Tags : Philosophy Truth
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

142. “It was as if that great rush of anger had washed me clean, emptied me of hope, and, gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe.To feel it so like myself, indeed, so brotherly, made me realize that I'd been happy, and that I was happy still. For all to be accomplished, for me to feel less lonely, all that remained to hope was that on the day of my execution there should be a huge crowd of spectators and that they should greet me with howls of execration.”

Tags : Philosophy
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Stranger

143. “The evil that is in the world almost always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”

Tags : Philosophy
Author : Albert Camus

144. “Let's not worry. It's too late now. It will always be too late, fortunately!”

Tags : Existentialism French Literature Good Fortune Philosophy Regret Spared
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Fall

145. “Je suis certain qu'on ne peut être heureux sans argent. Voilà tout. Je n'aime ni la facilité ni le romantisme. J'aime à me rendre compte. Eh bien, j'ai remarqué que chez certains êtres d'élite il y a une sorte de snobisme spirituel à croire que l'argent n'est pas nécessaire au bonheur. C'est bête, c'est faux, et dans une certaine mesure, c'est lâche.”

Tags : Argent Bonheur Élite
Author : Albert Camus

146. “C'est cela l'amour, tout donner, tout sacrifier sans espoir de retour.”

Tags : Albert Camus Amour French French Literature Love Love Quotes Quotes
Author : Albert Camus
Source : Les Justes

147. “Rien, rien n'avait d'importance et je savais bien pourquoi.”

Tags : Existentialism French Stranger
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Stranger

148. “This is why it is not true that culture can be, even temporarily, suspended in order to make way for a new culture. Man’s unbroken testimony as to his suffering and his nobility cannot be suspended; the act of breathing cannot be suspended. There is no culture without legacy, and we cannot and must not reject anything of ours, the legacy of the West. Whatever the works of the future may be, they will bear the same secret, made up of courage and freedom, nourished by the daring of thousands of artists of all times and all nations. Yes, when modern tyranny shows us that, even when confined to his calling, the artist is a public enemy, it is right. But in this way tyranny pays its respects, through the artist, to an image of man that nothing has ever been able to crush. 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.”

Tags : Camus Liberty Tyranny
Author : Albert Camus

149. “True generosity toward the future consists in giving everything to the present.”

Tags : Future Present
Author : Albert Camus

150. “But it is obvious that absurdism hereby admits that human life is the only necessary good since it is precisely life that makes this encounter possible and since, without life, the absurdist wager would have no basis. To say that life is absurd, the conscience must be alive.”

Tags : Absurdism Conscience Human Life
Author : Albert Camus

151. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

Tags : Autumn
Author : Albert Camus

152. “Yes, he liked his face as he saw it there, his mouth quivering around the cigarette between his lips and the apparent ardor of his deep-set eyes. But a man’s beauty represents inner, functional truths: his face shows what he can do. And what is that compared to the magnificent uselessness of a woman’s face? Mersault was aware of this now, delighting in his vanity and smiling at his secret demons.”

Tags : Beauty Inner Demons
Author : Albert Camus
Source : A Happy Death

153. “Independence is earned by a few words of cheap confidence”

Tags : Independence Sarcasm
Author : Albert Camus
Source : A Happy Death

154. “One of the cafés had that brilliant idea of putting up a slogan: 'the best protection against infection is a good bottle of wine', which confirmed an already prevalent opinion that alcohol is a safeguard against infectious disease. Every night, towards 2 a.m., quite a number of drunk men, ejected from the cafés , staggered down the streets, vociferating optimism.”

Tags : Alcohol Optimism Plague Wine
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Plague

155. “Living above the world, each discovering his own weight, seeing his face brighten and darken with the day, the night, each of the four inhabitants of the house was aware of a presence that was at once a judge and a justification among them. The world, here, became a personage, counted among those from whom advice is gladly taken, those in whom equilibrium has not killed love.”

Tags : Description Equilibrium Happiness Love World
Author : Albert Camus
Source : A Happy Death

156. “Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”

Tags :
Author : Albert Camus

157. “There is no longer a single idea explaining everything, but an infinite number of essences giving a meaning to an infinite number of objects. The world comes to a stop, but also lights up.”

Tags : Ideas The Myth Of Sisyphus The World
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

158. “Semua kerendahan dan kejahatan peradaban kita dapat diukur dengan sebuah aksioma bodoh bahwa bangsa yang bahagia tidak punya sejarah.”

Tags : Bangsa Sejarah
Author : Albert Camus
Source : Mati Bahagia

159. “I couldn't quite understand how an ordinary man's good qualities could become crushing accusations against a guilty man.”

Tags : Accusations Guilt Justice
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Stranger

160. “But what then is capital punishment but the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal's deed, however calculated it may be, can be compared? For there to be equivalence, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horrible death on him and who, from that moment onward, had confined him at his mercy for months. Such a monster is not encountered in private life.”

Tags : Capital Punishment Murder
Author : Albert Camus

161. “Peace is the only battle worth waging.”

Tags : Peace
Author : Albert Camus

162. “Qu'est-ce que le roman, en effet, sinon cet univers où l'action trouve sa forme, où les mots de la fin sont prononcés, les êtres livrés aux êtres, où toute vie prend le visage du destin. Le monde romanesque n'est que la correction de ce monde-ci, suivant le désir profond de l'homme. Car il s'agit bien du même monde. La souffrance est la même, le mensonge et l'amour. Les héros ont notre langage, nos faiblesses, nos forces. Leur univers n'est ni plus beau ni plus édifiant que le nôtre. Mais eux, du moins, courent jusqu'au bout de leur destin, et il n'est même jamais de si bouleversants héros que ceux qui vont jusqu'à l'extrémité de leur passion.[...] Voici donc un monde imaginaire, mais créé par la correction de celui-ci, un monde où la douleur peut, si elle le veut, durer jusqu'à la mort, où les passions ne sont jamais distraites, où les êtres sont livrés à l'idée fixe et toujours présents les uns aux autres. L'homme s'y donne enfin à lui-même la forme et la limite apaisante qu'il poursuit en vain dans sa condition. Le roman fabrique du destin sur mesure. C'est ainsi qu'il concurrence la création et qu'il triomphe, provisoirement, de la mort.”

Tags : Death Mort Novel Roman
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

163. “In medical science, as in daily life, it was unwise to jump to conclusions”

Tags : Conclusions Daily Life Evidence Wise
Author : Albert Camus

164. “In vain a zealous evangelist with a fely hat and flowing tie threads his way through the crowd, crying without cease: 'God is great and good. Come unto Him.' On the contrary, they all make haste toward some trivial objective that seems of more immediate interest than God.”

Tags : God Trivial
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Plague

165. “I explained to him, however, that my nature was such that my physical needs often got in the way of my feelings.”

Tags : Feelings
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Stranger

166. “In short, whoever does violence to truth or its expression eventually mutilates justice, even though he thinks he is serving it. From this point of view, we shall deny to the very end that a press is true because it is revolutionary; it will be revolutionary only if it is true, and never otherwise.”

Tags : Censorship Injustice Justice Press Revolution Truth
Author : Albert Camus
Source : Resistance, Rebellion and Death: Essays

167. “It is not true that the heart wears out — but the body creates this illusion.”

Tags : Heart Illusion Love
Author : Albert Camus
Source : Notebooks 1951-1959

168. “Instead of killing and dying in order to produce the being that we are not, we have to live and let live in order to create what we are.”

Tags : Creation Death Dying Killing Life Living Murder Self Determination
Author : Albert Camus

169. “Believe me, for certain men at least, not taking what one doesn't desire is the hardest thing in the world.”

Tags : Desire Men
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Fall

170. “...he was conscious of the disastrous fact that love and desire must be expressed in the same way...”

Tags : Desire Love
Author : Albert Camus
Source : A Happy Death

171. “He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.”

Tags : Humanity
Author : Albert Camus

172. “I don't want to be a genius-I have enough problems just trying to be a man.”

Tags : Genius Humanity Humour Man Problems
Author : Albert Camus

173. “Ce monde, tel qu'il est fait, n'est pas supportable. J'ai donc besoin de la lune, ou du bonheur, ou de l'immortalité, de quelque chose qui soit dément peut-être, mais qui ne soit pas de ce monde.”

Tags : Dissatisfaction Insatiability
Author : Albert Camus
Source : Caligula

174. “I hadn't understood how days could be both long and short at the same time: long to live through, maybe, but so drawn out that they ended up flowing into one another. They lost their names. Only 'yesterday' and 'tomorrow' still had any meaning for me.”

Tags : Stranger
Author : Albert Camus

175. “life is a story and god is author.life is absurd.I think so.”

Tags : Stranger
Author : Albert Camus

176. “But memory is less disposed to compromise”

Tags : Compromise Disposition Forger Memory
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Plague

177. “The world is always satisfied, it turns out, with countenance it can understand. Indolence and cowardice do the rest. Independence is earned by a few words of cheap confidence.”

Tags : Countenance Independence World
Author : Albert Camus
Source : A Happy Death

178. “[A writer] cannot serve today those who make history; he must serve those who are subject to it.”

Tags : History Rebellion Subjection
Author : Albert Camus

179. “Penser, c'est réapprendre à voir, à être attentif, c'est diriger sa conscience, c'est faire de chaque idée et de chaque image, à la façon de Proust, un lieu privilégié”

Tags : Idea Thinking Reason
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus

180. “Some, often without knowing it, suffered from being deprived of the company of friends and from their inability to get in touch with them through the usual channels of friendship, letters, trains, and boats. Others, fewer these, Tarrou may have been one of them, had desired reunion with something they couldn't have defined, but which seemed to them the only desirable thing on earth. For want of a better name, they sometimes called it peace.”

Tags : Peace Plague Searching Suffering Truth
Author : Albert Camus

181. “It was through this odor that he saw the museums and discovered the mystery and the profusion of baroque genius which filled Prague with its gold magnificence. The altars, which glowed softly in the darkness, seemed borrowed from the coppery sky, the misty sunlight so frequent over the city. The glistening scrolls and spirals, the elaborate setting that looked as if it were cut out of gold paper, so touching in its resemblance to the creches made for children at Christmas, the grandiose and grotesque baroque perspectives affected Mersault as a kind of infantile, feverish, and overblown romanticism by which men protect themselves against their own demons. The god worshipped here was the god man fears and honors, not the god who laughs with man before the warm frolic sea and sun.”

Tags : Life Prague Religion
Author : Albert Camus
Source : A Happy Death

182. “Lo que es preciso subrayar es el aspecto frívolo de la población y de la vida. Pero se pasan los días fácilmente en cuanto se adquieren hábitos, y puesto que nuestra ciudad favorece justamente los hábitos, puede decirse que todo va bien.”

Tags : Alienación Sociedad Spanish Tiempo
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Plague

183. “Sin duda, nada es más natural hoy día que ver a las gentes trabajar de la mañana a la noche y en seguida elegir, entre el café, el juego y la charla, el modo de perder el tiempo que les queda por vivir.”

Tags : Alienación Sociedad Spanish
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Plague

184. “Pero ya se avendrá a esto; es inevitable. La mayor parte de los hombres es mas sentimental que inteligente. En seguida se los desorienta. Con los inteligentes es una cuestión de tiempo. Pero basta explicarles el método a fondo. Ellos no lo olvidan, reflexionan. Un día u otro, a medias por juego, a medias por confusión, se muestran abiertamente.”

Tags : Español Filosofia Sociedad
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Fall

185. “Compreendi, então, que um homem que houvesse vivido um único dia poderia sem custo passar cem anos numa prisão. Teria recordações suficientes para não se maçar. De certo modo, isto era uma vantagem. (pág. 66)”

Tags : Camus Liberdade Prisão Recordação
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Stranger

186. “It seems that the people of Oran are like that friend of Flaubert who, on the point of death, casting a last glance at the irreplaceable earth, exclaimed: "Close the window, it's too beautiful.”

Tags : Death Gustave Flaubert Oran
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

187. “Mais tuer des hommes ne mène a rien qu'a en tuer plus encore. Pour faire triompher un principe, c'est un principe qu'il faut abattre.”

Tags : Guerre Justice Paix Principe Révolte Révolution
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

188. “Un calore di vita e un'immagine di morte, era questa la conoscenza.”

Tags : Conoscenza Esistenzialismo
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Plague

189. “Uvijek se preuveličava ono što se ne poznaje.”

Tags : Nepoznanica Neznanje
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Stranger

190. “Kemalasan hanya berbahaya untuk manusia-manusia medioker. Banyak orang yang bahkan tidak mampu membuktikan bahwa diri mereka medioker.”

Tags : Malas Medioker
Author : Albert Camus
Source : Mati Bahagia

191. “Non è giusto identificare i fini del fascismo e quelli del comunismo russo. Il primo rappresenta l'esaltazione del carnefice da parte del carnefice stesso. Il secondo, più drammatico, l'esaltazione del carnefice da parte delle vittime. Il primo non ha mai sognato di liberare interamente l'uomo, ma soltanto di liberare alcuni soggiogando gli altri. Il secondo, nel suo principio più profondo, mira a liberare tutti gli uomini asservendoli tutti, provvisoriamente. Bisogna riconoscergli la grandezza dell'intenzione. Ma è giusto al contrario identificare i loro mezzi con il cinismo politico che hanno attinto ambedue dalla stessa fonte, il nichilismo morale. Tutto è accaduto come se i discendenti di Stirner e di Neciaiev utilizzassero i discendenti di Kaliayev e di Proudhon. Oggi i nichilisti sono sui troni. Le concezioni che pretendono di guidare il nostro mondo in nome della rivoluzione sono divenute in realtà ideologie di assenso, non di rivolta. Per questo il nostro tempo è quello delle tecniche private e pubbliche di annientamento.”

Tags : Comunismo Fascismo Nichilismo
Author : Albert Camus

192. “Desde luego que el amor verdadero es excepcional. Sobrevendrá más o menos dos o tres veces por siglo. En lo restante del tiempo lo que hay es vanidad o tedio.”

Tags : Camus Existencialismo Ser Humano
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Fall

193. “El hombre es así, querido señor. Tiene dos fases: no puede amar sin amarse.”

Tags : Camus Existencialismo Ser Humano
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Fall

194. “Los hombres que comparten los mismos dormitorios, ya sean soldados o prisioneros, contraen un lazo extraño como si, al quitarse las armaduras con la ropa, se hermanaran cada noche, por encima de sus diferencias, en la vieja comunidad del sueño y del cansancio”

Tags : Cansancio Lazo Sueño
Author : Albert Camus
Source : Exile and the Kingdom

195. “The final conclusion of the absurdist protest is, in fact, the rejection of suicide and persistence in that hopeless encounter between human questioning and the silence of the universe.”

Tags : Curiosity Wisdom
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

196. “He had been bored, that's all, bored like most people. Hence he had made himself out of whole cloth a life full of complications and drama. Something must happen - and that explains most human commitments. Something must happen, even loveless slavery, even war or death. Hurray then for funerals!”

Tags : Boredom Complication Death Slavery War
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Fall

197. “Methods of thought which claim to give the lead to our world in the name of revolution have become, in reality, ideologies of consent and not of rebellion.”

Tags : Ideologies Rebellion Revolutionsconsent
Author : Albert Camus

198. “Je réclame l'indépendance dans l'interdépendance.”

Tags : Camus Independance Independence Interdependence
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The First Man

199. “Actual freedom has not increased in proportion to man's awareness of it.”

Tags : Enlightenment Freedom The West
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

200. “Cuando se ha meditado largamente sobre el hombre, por oficio o por vocación, se llega a sentir cierta nostalgia por los primates. Ellos no tienen segundas intenciones.”

Tags : Camus Philosophy Social
Author : Albert Camus
Source : The Fall