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The Best Albert Camus Quotes

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    Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear. Respectability

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    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. Discontent

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    In the depth of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Potential

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    Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; Don't walk behind me, I may not lead; Walk beside me, and just be my friend. Friends and Friendship

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    Integrity has no need of rules. Character

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    Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it. Philosophers and Philosophy

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    Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears. Life and Living

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    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 dont help us, who else in the world can help us do this? Uncategorised

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    What is a rebel? A man who says no. Rebellion

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    Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is. Dissatisfaction

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

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    The society based on production is only productive, not creative. Production

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    There is but one truly serious philosophical problem...

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

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    To be happy we must not be too concerned with others. Happiness

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

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

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    Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question. Charm

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    You can't create experience. You must undergo it. Experience

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    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. Culture

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    The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind. Arrogance

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    We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves. Peace

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    Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence. Nonviolence

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    The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody. Noise

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    Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. Life and Living

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    We come into the world laden with the weight of an infinite necessity. Necessity

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    There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed. Death and Dying

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    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. "I conclude that all is well," says Edipus, 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.

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    To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself. We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die. Self-knowledge

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    Alas after a certain age, every man is responsible for his own face. Faces

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    If there is sin against life, it consists in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. Sin

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    By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more. Government

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    All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Greatness

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    But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a person and life they lead. Happiness

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    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; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter. Happiness

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    Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason. Music

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    Realism should only be the means of expression of religious genius... or, at the other extreme, the artistic expressions of monkeys which are quite satisfied with mere imitation. In fact, art is never realistic though sometimes it is tempted to be. To be really realistic a description would have to be endless. Reality

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    For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium. Crime and Criminals

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    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. Beauty

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    Every revolutionary ends up by becoming either an oppressor or a heretic. Revolutions and Revolutionaries

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    The most eloquent eulogy of capitalism was made by its greatest enemy. Marx is only anti-capitalist in so far as capitalism is out of date. Capitalism

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    Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. Freedom

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    At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face. Absurdity

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    The innocent is the person who explains nothing. Innocence

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    That must be wonderful; I have no idea of what it means. Ambiguity

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

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    We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead. Life and Living

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

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