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Albert Camus (November 7 1913 – January 4 1960) was a French Pied-Noir author, Absurdist philosopher and winner of the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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1. “‘Then we understand that rebellion cannot exist without a strange form of love. Those who find no rest in God or in history are condemned to live for those who, like themselves, cannot live; in fact, for the humiliated.’”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951)

2. “‘In the light, the earth remains our first and our last love. Our brothers are breathing under the same sky as we; justice is a living thing. Now is born that strange joy which helps one live and die, and which we shall never again postpone to a later time.’”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951)

3. “La vraie générosité envers l'avenir consiste à tout donner au présent.”

—Albert Camus

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Source and Related Info: The Rebel (1951) Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to the present.
 • Part 5: Thought at the Meridian (p. 313).

4. “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), An Absurd Reasoning Absurdity and Suicide

5. “Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: As quoted in Visions from Earth (2004) by James R. Miller, p. 126.

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

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Fall (1956)

7. “An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: Notebooks (1942-1951)

8. “N'attendez pas le Jugement dernier. Il a lieu tous les jours.”

—Albert Camus

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Source and Related Info: The Fall (1956) Do not wait for the Last Judgment. It takes place every day. QOTD 2007·11·07 Sound file
• Variant translations: I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the Last Judgment. It takes place every day.
Do not await the last Judgement. It takes place everyday.
You needn't await the Final Judgment. It takes place every day.

9. “‘My field,’ said Goethe, ‘is time.’ That is indeed the absurd speech. What, in fact, is the Absurd Man? He who, without negating it, does nothing for the eternal. Not that nostalgia is foreign to him. But he prefers his courage and his reasoning. The first teaches him to live without appeal and to get along with what he has; the second informs him of his limits. Assured of his temporally limited freedom, of his revolt devoid of future, and of his mortal consciousness, he lives out his adventure within the span of his lifetime.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), The Absurd Man

10. “I rebel — therefore we exist.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951)

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

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), An Absurd Reasoning

12. “What is a rebel? A man who says no.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951) Chapter 1.

13. “If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: "Summer in Algiers", The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays (1955).

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

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951) Introduction.

15. “Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Fall (1956)

16. “If the world were clear, art would not exist.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), Absurd Creation

17. “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 hopeless labor.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), The Myth of Sisyphus: Online text

18. “I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one's burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), The Myth of Sisyphus: Online text Original French: La lutte elle-même vers les sommets suffit à remplir un cœur d'homme; il faut imaginer Sisyphe heureux.

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

—Albert Camus

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Source: Preface, Lyrical and Critical Essays (1970).

20. “At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), An Absurd Reasoning

21. “Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal’s deed, however calculated, can be compared. For there to be an equivalency, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date on 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 to be encountered in private life.”

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Source: Reflections on the Guillotine (1957)

22. “Aujourd'hui maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas.”

—Albert Camus

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Source and Related Info: The Stranger (1942) Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can't be sure.
 • First sentences of the book; some translations retain the original Maman.

23. “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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Source: "Three Interviews" in Lyrical and Critical Essays (1970).

24. “Since we're all going to die, it's obvious that when and how don't matter.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Stranger (1942)

25. “We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.”

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), An Absurd Reasoning

26. “Il n'y a qu'un problème philosophique vraiment sérieux : c'est le suicide. Juger que la vie vaut ou ne vaut pas la peine d'être vécue, c'est répondre à la question fondamentale de la philosophie. Le reste, si le monde a trois dimensions, si l'esprit a neuf ou douze catégories, vient ensuite. Ce sont des jeux; il faut d'abord répondre.”

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), An Absurd Reasoning There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest — whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories — comes afterward. These are games; one must first answer.

27. “One recognizes one's course by discovering the paths that stray from it.”

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), Absurd Creation

28. “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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Source: A Happy Death (1971)

29. “I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn't.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Stranger (1942)

30. “Like great works, deep feelings always mean more than they are conscious of saying.”

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), An Absurd Reasoning

31. “You have already grasped that Sisyphus is the absurd hero. He is, as much through his passions as through his torture. His scorn of the gods, his hatred of death, and his passion for life won him that unspeakable penalty in which the whole being is exerted toward accomplishing nothing. This is the price that must be paid for the passions of this earth. Nothing is told us about Sisyphus in the underworld. Myths are made for the imagination to breathe life into them.”

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), The Myth of Sisyphus: Online text

32. “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.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Stranger (1942)

33. “I had only a little time left and I didn't want to waste it on God.”

—Albert Camus

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34. “Knowing whether or not one can live without appeal is all that interests me.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), An Absurd Reasoning

35. “The absurd does not liberate; it binds. It does not authorize all actions. ‘Everything is permitted’ does not mean that nothing is forbidden.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), The Absurd Man

36. “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.”

—Albert Camus

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37. “Opinions differ as to the reasons why he became the futile laborer of the underworld. To begin with, he is accused of a certain levity in regard to the gods. He stole their secrets.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), The Myth of Sisyphus: Online text

38. “Homer tells us also that Sisyphus had put Death in chains. Pluto could not endure the sight of his deserted, silent empire. He dispatched the god of war, who liberated Death from the hands of her conqueror.”

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39. “There is no fate that can not be surmounted by scorn. If the descent is thus sometimes performed in sorrow, it can also take place in joy. This word is not too much. Again I fancy Sisyphus returning toward his rock, and the sorrow was in the beginning.”

—Albert Camus

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40. “One does not discover the absurd without being tempted to write a manual of happiness. ‘What! — by such narrow ways — ?’ There is but one world, however. Happiness and the absurd are two sons of the same earth. They are inseparable. It would be a mistake to say that happiness necessarily springs from the absurd discovery. It happens as well that the felling of the absurd springs from happiness.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), The Myth of Sisyphus: Online text

41. “‘I conclude that all is well,’ says Oedipus, and that remark is sacred. It echoes in the wild and limited universe of man. It teaches that all is not, has not been, exhausted. It drives out of this world a god who had come into it with dissatisfaction and a preference for futile suffering. It makes of fate a human matter, which must be settled among men.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), The Myth of Sisyphus: Online text

42. “L'homme enfin n'est pas entièrement coupable — il n'a pas commencé l'histoire — ni tout à fait innocent, puisqu'il la continue.”

—Albert Camus

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Source and Related Info: The Rebel (1951) In the end, man is not entirely guilty — he did not start history. Nor is he wholly innocent — he continues it.
 • Part 5: Thought at the Meridian (Section: Moderation and Excess).

43. “The opposite of an idealist is too often a man without love.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: A Happy Death (1971)

44. “He realized now that to be afraid of this death he was staring at with animal terror meant to be afraid of life. Fear of dying justified a limitless attachment to what is alive in man. And all those who had not made the gestures necessary to live their lives, all those who feared and exalted impotence — they were afraid of death because of the sanction it gave to a life in which they had not been involved. They had not lived enough, never having lived at all.”

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Source: A Happy Death (1971)

45. “Don't let them tell us stories. Don't let them say of the man sentenced to death ‘He is going to pay his debt to society,’ but: ‘They are going to cut off his head.’ It looks like nothing. But it does make a little difference. And then there are people who prefer to look their fate in the eye.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: "Entre oui et non" in L'Envers et l'endroit (1937), translated as "Between Yes and No", in World Review magazine (March 1950), also quoted in The Artist and Political Vision (1982) by Benjamin R. Barber and Michael J. Gargas McGrath

46. “Nous nous trompons toujours deux fois sur ceux que nous aimons: d'abord à leur avantage, puis à leur désavantage.”

—Albert Camus

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Source and Related Info: We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love — first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.
 • A Happy Death (written 1938), first published as La mort heureuse (1971), as translated by Richard Howard (1972).

47. “We have exiled beauty; the Greeks took up arms for her.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: "Helen's Exile" (1948).

48. “Simone Weil, je le sais encore maintenant, est le seul grand esprit de notre temps et je souhaite que ceux qui le reconnaissent en reçoivent assez de modestie pour ne pas essayer d’annexer ce témoignage bouleversant. Pour moi, je serais comblé si l’on pouvait dire qu’à ma place, et avec les faibles moyens don’t je dispose, j’ai servi à faire connaitre et à répandre son oeuvre dont on n’a pas encore mesuré tout le retentissement.”

—Albert Camus

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Source and Related Info: Simone Weil, I maintain this now, is the only great spirit of our times and I hope that those who realize this have enough modesty to not try to appropriate her overwhelming witnessing.
For my part, I would be satisfied if one could say that in my place, with the humble means at my disposal, I served to make known and disseminate her work whose full impact we have yet to measure.
 • A letter to Weil's mother in 1951
  • As quoted in Between the Human and the Divine : The Political Thought of Simone Weil (1988) by Mary G. Dietz, Introduction, p. xiv.

49. “O light! This is the cry of all the characters of ancient drama brought face to face with their fate. This last resort was ours, too, and I knew it now. In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.”

—Albert Camus

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Source and Related Info: Return to Tipasa (1954)
  • As translated in Lyrical and Critical Essays (1968), p. 169; also in The Unquiet Vision : Mirrors of Man in Existentialism (1969) by Nathan A. Scott, p. 116.

50. “A living man can be enslaved and reduced to the historic condition of an object. But if he dies in refusing to be enslaved, he reaffirms the existence of another kind of human nature which refuses to be classified as an object.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: "The Failing of Prophecy" in Existentialism Versus Marxism : Conflicting Views on Humanism (1966) by George Edward Novack.

51. “Maman used to say that you can always find something to be happy about.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Stranger (1942)

52. “Nothing is harder to understand than a symbolic work. A symbol always transcends the one who makes use of it and makes him say in reality more than he is aware of expressing.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942) "Hope and the Absurd in the work of Franz Kafka".

53. “What, then, is that incalculable feeling that deprives the mind of the sleep necessary to life? A world that can be explained even with bad reasons is a familiar world. But, on the other hand, in a universe suddenly divested of illusions and lights, man feels an alien, a stranger. His exile is without remedy since he is deprived of the memory of a lost home or the hope of a promised land. This divorce between man and his life, the actor and his setting, is properly the feeling of absurdity.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), An Absurd Reasoning

54. “I do not want to found anything on the incomprehensible. I want to know whether I can live with what I know and with that alone.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), An Absurd Reasoning

55. “Everything considered, a determined soul will always manage.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), An Absurd Reasoning

56. “The preceding merely defines a way of thinking. But the point is to live.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), An Absurd Reasoning

57. “All systems of morality are based on the idea that an action has consequences that legitimize or cancel it. A mind imbued with the absurd merely judges that those consequences must be considered calmly. It is ready to pay up. In other words, there may be responsible persons, but there are no guilty ones, in its opinion. At very most, such a mind will consent to use past experience as a basis for its future actions.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), The Absurd Man

58. “Outside of that single fatality of death, everything, joy or happiness, is liberty.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), Absurd Creation

59. “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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Source: The Plague (1947)

60. “The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown. He must dominate in his turn.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951)

61. “Nothing can discourage the appetite for divinity in the heart of man.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951)

62. “For those of us who have been thrown into hell, mysterious melodies and the torturing images of a vanished beauty will always bring us, in the midst of crime and folly, the echo of that harmonious insurrection which bears witness, throughout the centuries, to the greatness of humanity.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951)

63. “The words that reverberate for us at the confines of this long adventure of rebellion are not formulas for optimism, for which we have no possible use in the extremities of our unhappiness, but words of courage and intelligence which, on the shores of the eternal seas, even have the qualities of virtue.”

—Albert Camus

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64. “Whatever we may do, excess will always keep its place in the heart of man, in the place where solitude is found. We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes and our ravages. But our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to fight them in ourselves and in others.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951)

65. “The most elementary form of rebellion, paradoxically, expresses an aspiration for order.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951) Part 2: Metaphysical Rebellion.

66. “Real fulfillment, for the man who allows absolutely free rein to his desires, and who much dominate everything, lies in hatred.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951) Part 2: Metaphysical Rebellion.

67. “A character is never the author who created him. It is quite likely, however, that an author may be all his characters simultaneously.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951) Part 2: Metaphysical Rebellion; also quoted in Albert Camus : The Invincible Summer (1958) by Albert Maquet, p. 86; a remark made about the Marquis de Sade.

68. “No human being, even the most passionately loved and passionately loving, is ever in our possession.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951) Part 4: Rebellion and Art.

69. “In order to cease being a doubtful case, one has to cease being, that's all.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Fall (1956)

70. “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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71. “God is not needed to create guilt or to punish. Our fellow men suffice, aided by ourselves.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Fall (1956)

72. “A punishment that penalizes without forestalling is indeed called revenge.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: Reflections on the Guillotine (1957)

73. “When the imagination sleeps, words are emptied of their meaning: a deaf population absent-mindedly registers the condemnation of a man. … there is no other solution but to speak out and show the obscenity hidden under the verbal cloak.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: Reflections on the Guillotine (1957)

74. “What will be left of the power of example if it is proved that capital punishment has another power, and a very real one, which degrades men to the point of shame, madness, and murder?”

—Albert Camus

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Source: Reflections on the Guillotine (1957)

75. “I do not have much liking for the too famous existential philosophy, and, to tell the truth, I think its conclusions false.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: Resistance, Rebellion, and Death (1960) "Pessimism and Tyranny".

76. “It's better to bet on this life than on the next.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: A Happy Death (1971)

77. “It takes time to live. Like any work of art, life needs to be thought about.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: A Happy Death (1971)

78. “Happiness implied a choice, and within that choice a concerted will, a lucid desire.”

—Albert Camus

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79. “Fate is not in man but around him.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: A Happy Death (1971)

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

—Albert Camus

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Source: A Happy Death (1971)

81. “We all have a weakness for beauty.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The First Man (1994)

82. “A novel is never anything but a philosophy put into images. And in a good novel, the whole of the philosophy has passed into the images. But if once the philosophy overflows the characters and action, and therefore looks like a label stuck on the work, the plot loses its authenticity and the novel its life. Nevertheless, a work that is to last cannot dispense with profound ideas. And this secret fusion between experiences and ideas, between life and reflection on the meaning of life, is what makes the great novelist.”

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Source: Review of Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre, published in the newspaper Alger Républicain (20 October 1938), p. 5; reprinted in Selected Essays and Notebooks, translated and edited by Philip Thody.

83. “Perhaps we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which children are tortured. But we can reduce the number of tortured children. And if you don’t help us, who else in the world can help us do this?”

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Source: Said at the Dominican Monastery of Latour-Maubourg (1948); reported in Resistance, Rebellion and Death (translation by Justin O'Brien, 1961), p. 73.

84. “We turn our backs on nature; we are ashamed of beauty. Our wretched tragedies have a smell of the office clinging to them, and the blood that trickles from them is the color of printer's ink.”

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Source: "Helen's Exile" (1948).

85. “Man cannot do without beauty, and this is what our era pretends to want to disregard. It steels itself to attain the absolute and authority; it wants to transfigure the world before having exhausted it, to set it to rights before having understood it. Whatever it may say, our era is deserting this world.”

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Source: "Helen's Exile" (1948).

86. “With rebellion, awareness is born.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: As quoted in The Estranged God : Modern Man's Search for Belief (1966) by Anthony T. Padovano, p. 109.

87. “Knowing that certain nights whose sweetness lingers will keep returning to the earth and sea after we are gone, yes, this helps us to die.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: "The Sea Close By" in Lyrical and Critical Essays (1970).

88. “Life continues, and some mornings, weary of the noise, discouraged by the prospect of the interminable work to keep after, sickened also by the madness of the world that leaps at you from the newspaper, finally convinced that I will not be equal to it and that I will disappoint everyone—all I want to do is sit down and wait for evening. This is what I feel like, and sometimes I yield to it.”

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Source: "Letter to P.B." in Lyrical and Critical Essays (1970).

89. “Ce que, finalement, je sais de plus sûr sur la morale et les obligations des hommes, c'est au football que je le dois.”

—Albert Camus

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Source and Related Info: All I know most surely about morality and obligations, I owe to football.
• As quoted by Jean Noury (November 10, 1965); published in: Archives du Sénat français, Comptes rendus des débats, Volume 4, 1965, p. 1578 (PDF page 28).

90. “I hope the dogs don't bark tonight. I always think it's mine.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Stranger (1942)

91. “Of course, I had to own that he was right; I didn't feel much regret for what I'd done. Still, to my mind, he overdid it, and I'd have liked to have a chance of explaining to him, in a quite friendly, almost affectionate way, that I have never been able to really regret anything in all my life. I've always been far too much absorbed in the present moment, or the immediate future, to think back.”

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Source: The Stranger (1942)

92. “What must be remembered in any case is that secret complicity that joins the logical and the everyday to the tragic.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942) "Hope and the Absurd in the work of Franz Kafka"

93. “With the exception of professional rationalists, today people despair of true knowledge. If the only significant history of human thought were to be written, it would have to be history of its successive regrets and impotences.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), An Absurd Reasoning Absurd Walls

94. “Great novelists are philosopher novelists — that is, the contrary of thesis-writers.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), An Absurd Reasoning

95. “Great feelings take with them their own universe, splendid or abject. They light up with their passion an exclusive world in which they recognize their climate. There is a universe of jealousy, of ambition, of selfishness or generosity. A universe — in other words a metaphysic and an attitude of mind.”

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), An Absurd Reasoning

96. “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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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), An Absurd Reasoning

97. “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.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), An Absurd Reasoning

98. “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. (This quote is from Notebook IV in Notebooks: 1942-1951, not Myth of Sisyphus. The quote appears in none of Camus books you find in bookstores).”

—Albert Camus

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99. “To two men living the same number of years, the world always provides the same sum of experiences. It is up to us to be conscious of them.”

—Albert Camus

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100. “At this point of his effort 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. This must not be forgotten. This must be clung to because the whole consequence of a life can depend on it. The irrational, the human nostalgia, and the absurd that is born of their encounter — these are the three characters in the drama that must necessarily end with all the logic of which an existence is capable.”

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101. “Time will prolong time, and life will serve life. In this field that is both limited and bulging with possibilities, everything to himself, except his lucidity, seems unforeseeable to him. What rule, then, could emanate from that unreasonable order? The only truth that might seem instructive to him is not formal: it comes to life and unfolds in men. The absurd mind cannot so much expect ethical rules at the end of its reasoning as, rather, illustrations and the breath of human lives.”

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102. “A sub-clerk in the post office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them. All experiences are indifferent in this regard. There are some that do either a service or a disservice to man. They do him a service if he is conscious. Otherwise, that has no importance: a man's failures imply judgment, not of circumstances, but of himself.”

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103. “To become god is merely to be free on this earth, not to serve an immortal being.”

—Albert Camus

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

—Albert Camus

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105. “There is no mystery in humans creation. Will performs this miracle. But at least there is no true creation without a secret.”

—Albert Camus

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106. “To work and create ‘for nothing,’ to sculpture in clay, to know one's creation has no future, to see one's work destroyed in a day while being aware that fundamentally this has no more importance than building for centuries — this is the difficult wisdom that absurd thought sanctions. Performing these two tasks simultaneously, negating on the one hand and magnifying on the other, it the way open to the absurd creator. He must give the void its colors.”

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107. “A profound thought is in a constant state of becoming; it adopts the experience of a life and assumes its shape. Likewise, a man's sole creation is strengthened in its successive and multiple aspects: his works. One after another they complement one another, correct or overtake one another, contradict one another, too. If something brings creation to an end, it is not the victorious and illusory cry of the blinded artist: ‘I have said everything,’ but the death of the creator which closes his experiences and the book of his genius. That effort, that superhuman consciousness are not necessarily apparent to the reader. There is no mystery in human creation. Will performs this miracle. But at least there is no true creation without a secret. To be true, a succession of works can be but a series of approximations of the same thought. But it is possible to conceive of another type of creator proceeding by juxtaposition. Their words may seem to be devoid of inter-relations, to a certain degree, they are contradictory. But viewed all together, they resume their natural grouping.”

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108. “Of all the schools of patience and lucidity, creation is the most effective. It is also the staggering evidence of man's sole dignity: the dogged revolt against his condition, perseverance in an effort considered sterile. It calls for a daily effort, self-mastery, a precise estimate of the limits of truth, measure, and strength. It constitutes an ascesis. All that ‘for nothing,’ in order to repeat and mark time. But perhaps the great work of art has less importance in itself than in the ordeal it demands of a man and the opportunity it provides him of overcoming his phantoms and approaching a little closer to his naked reality.”

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109. “Ironic philosophies produce passionate works. Any thought that abandons unity glorifies diversity! And diversity is the home of art. The only thought to liberate the mind is that which leaves it alone, certain of its limits and of its impending end. No doctrine tempts it. It awaits the ripening of the work and of life.”

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110. “In that daily effort in which intelligence and passion mingle and delight each other, the absurd man discovers a discipline that will make up the greatest of his strengths. The required diligence and doggedness and lucidity thus resemble the conqueror's attitude. To create is likewise to give a shape to one's fate. For all these characters, their work defines them at least as much as it is defined by them. The actor taught us this: There is no frontier between being and appearing.”

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111. “The world evades us because it becomes itself again. That stage scenery masked by habit becomes what it is. It withdraws at a distance from us.”

—Albert Camus

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112. “A fate is not a punishment.”

—Albert Camus

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113. “The actor’s realm is that of the fleeting.”

—Albert Camus

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114. “This was her finest role and the hardest one to play. Choosing between heaven and a ridiculous fidelity, preferring oneself to eternity or losing oneself in God is the age-old tragedy in which each must play his part.”

—Albert Camus

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115. “So many men are deprived of grace. How can one live without grace? One has to try it and do what Christianity never did: be concerned with the damned.”

—Albert Camus

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116. “Il y a toujours une philosophie pour le manque de courage.”

—Albert Camus

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117. “The greatest saving one can make in the order of thought is to accept the unintelligibility of the world — and to pay attention to man.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: Notebooks (1942-1951)

118. “Pauvre et libre plutôt que riche et asservi. Bien entendu les hommes veulent être et riches et libres et c’est ce qui les conduit quelquefois à être pauvres et esclaves.”

—Albert Camus

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119. “Query: How to contrive not to waste one's time? Answer: By being fully aware of it all the while. Ways in which this can be done: By spending one's days on an uneasy chair in a dentist's waiting room; by remaining on one's balcony all a Sunday afternoon; by travelling by the longest and least-convenient train routes, and of course standing all the way; by queueing at the box-office of theatres and then not booking a seat.”

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Source: The Plague (1947)

120. “When a war breaks out, people say: ‘It's too stupid; it can't last long.’ But though the war may well be ‘too stupid,’ that doesn't prevent its lasting. 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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Source: The Plague (1947)

121. “He tried to recall what he had read about the disease. Figures floated across his memory, and he recalled that some thirty or so great plagues known to history had accounted for nearly a hundred million deaths. But what are a hundred million deaths? When one has served in a war, one hardly knows what a dead man is, after a while. And since a dead man has no substance unless one actually sees him dead, a hundred million corpses broadcast through history are no more than a puff of smoke in the imagination.”

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122. “There lay certitude; there, in the daily round. All the rest hung on mere threads and trivial contingencies; you couldn't waste your time on it. The thing was to do your job as it should be done.”

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123. “‘What on earth prompted you to take a hand in this?’ ‘I don't know. My… my code of morals, perhaps.’ ‘Your code of morals. What code, if I may ask?’ ‘Comprehension.’”

—Albert Camus

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124. “The important thing isn't the soundness or otherwise of the argument, but for it to make you think.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Plague (1947)

125. “The evil that is in the world always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack understanding. 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 which fancies it knows everything and therefore claims for itself the right to kill. There can be no true goodness, nor true love, without the utmost clear-sightedness.”

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126. “There always comes a time in history when the person who dares to say that 2+2=4 is punished by death. And the issue is not what reward or what punishment will be the outcome of that reasoning. The issue is simply whether or not 2+2=4.”

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127. “Yes, there was an element of abstraction and unreality in misfortune. But when an abstraction starts to kill you, you have to get to work on it.”

—Albert Camus

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128. “Can one be a saint without God?, that's the problem, in fact the only problem, I'm up against today.”

—Albert Camus

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129. “Absolute freedom mocks at justice. Absolute justice denies freedom. To be fruitful, the two ideas must find their limits in each other.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951) "Historical Murder", as translated by Anthony Bower.

130. “If Nietzsche and Hegel serve as alibis to the masters of Dachau and Karaganda, that does not condemn their entire philosophy. But it does lead to the suspicion that one aspect of their thought, or of their logic, can lead to these appalling conclusions.”

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131. “Every ideology is contrary to human psychology.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951)

132. “Every rebellion implies some kind of unity.”

—Albert Camus

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133. “Every revolutionary ends as an oppressor or a heretic.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951)

134. “When the throne of God is overturned, the rebel realizes that it is now his own responsibility to create the justice, order, and unity that he sought in vain within his own condition, and in this way to justify the fall of God. Then begins the desperate effort to create, at the price of crime and murder if necessary, the dominion of man.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951)

135. “‘The real saint’, Baudelaire pretends to think, ‘is he who flogs and kills people for their own good.’ His argument will be heard. A race of real saints is beginning to spread over the earth for the purposes of confirming these curious conclusions about rebellion.”

—Albert Camus

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136. “With rebellion, awareness is born.”

—Albert Camus

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Source: The Rebel (1951) Part 1: The Rebel

137. “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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