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Albert Camus Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Albert Camus

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The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

Related topics: Values Life Human-Nature Psychology Government Political Freedom

Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.
- Albert Camus

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.
- Albert Camus

What is happiness except the simple harmony
between a man and the life he leads?
- Albert Camus

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Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself,
and dies of all others.
- Albert Camus

A guilty conscience needs to confess.
A work of art is a confession.
- Albert Camus

It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people
think they can be happy without money.
- Albert Camus


 

Without work, all life goes rotten.
But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
- Albert Camus

Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.
- Albert Camus

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there
was in me an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus

When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.
- Albert Camus

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
- Albert Camus

Men must live and create.
Live to the point of tears.
- Albert Camus

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
- Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.
Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.
- Albert Camus

I would rather live my life as if there is a God and
die to find out there isn't,
than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.
- Albert Camus

You cannot create experience.
You must undergo it.
- Albert Camus

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.
- Albert Camus

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
- Albert Camus

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.
- Albert Camus

Life is a sum of all your choices.
- Albert Camus

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
- Albert Camus

Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question.
- Albert Camus

Man is an idea, and a precious small idea once he turns his back on love.
- Albert Camus

The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.
- Albert Camus

For 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

Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter
in history acknowledge what they want;
not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.
- Albert Camus

Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.
- Albert Camus

Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only
if you generously consent to share them.
- Albert Camus

Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this
desire will dictate all his actions.
- Albert Camus

Truth, like light, blinds.
Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight
that enhances every object.
- Albert Camus

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous
energy merely to be normal.
- Albert Camus

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.
- Albert Camus

Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone,
without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.
- Albert Camus

Men are convinced of your arguments,
your sincerity,
and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death.
- Albert Camus

A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
- Albert Camus

To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
- Albert Camus

We turn toward God only to obtain the impossible.
- Albert Camus

You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes
only if you generously consent to share them.
- Albert Camus

Don't wait for the last judgment - it takes place every day.
- Albert Camus

How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste
for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
- Albert Camus

Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten,
mocked or used.
As for being understood - never.
- Albert Camus

I shall tell you a great secret, my friend.
Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day.
- Albert Camus

The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart.
One must imagine Sisyphus happy.
- Albert Camus

The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.
- Albert Camus

Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without
becoming a principle of evil.
- Albert Camus

How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!
- Albert Camus

We continue to shape our personality all our life.
If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.
- Albert Camus

To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.
- Albert Camus

One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.
- Albert Camus

Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly
rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price
of goods that they cannot do without.
- Albert Camus

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.
Great works are often born on a street corner or in
a restaurant's revolving door.
- Albert Camus

Those who write clearly have readers,
those who write obscurely have commentators.
- Albert Camus

At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.
- Albert Camus

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
- Albert Camus

In order to exist just once in the world,
it is necessary never again to exist.
- Albert Camus

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence
and an appeal to the essence of being.
- Albert Camus

You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade.
- Albert Camus

Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.
- Albert Camus

To abandon oneself to principles is really to die -
and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
- Albert Camus

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.
- Albert Camus

You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer
'yes' without having asked any clear question.
- Albert Camus

What is a rebel? A man who says no.
- Albert Camus

I know of only one duty, and that is to love.
- Albert Camus

To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one's landlady.
- Albert Camus

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
- Albert Camus

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance,
and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence
if they lack understanding.
- Albert Camus

Some people talk in their sleep.
Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
- Albert Camus

Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them.
All they really want is to be maintained in the good
opinion they have of themselves.
- Albert Camus

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement
of the power of the State.
- Albert Camus

There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
- Albert Camus


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