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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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    There is but one truly serious philosophical problem...

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

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    Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear. Respectability

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature. Punishment

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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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    A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images. Books and Reading

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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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    Integrity has no need of rules. Character

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

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

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    As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means. Cities and City Life

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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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    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 afterwards. These are games; one must first answer. Suicide

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

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

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

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    Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. But without freedom, no socialism either, except the socialism of the gallows. Freedom

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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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    The only conception of freedom I can have is that of the prisoner or the individual in the midst of the State. The only one I know is freedom of thought and action. Freedom

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

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

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

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

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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 those who despair of everything reason cannot provide a faith, but only passion, and in this case it must be the same passion that lay at the root of the despair, namely humiliation and hatred. Despair

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

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

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    The society of merchants can be defined as a society in which things disappear in favor of signs. When a ruling class measures its fortunes, not by the acre of land or the ingot of gold, but by the number of figures corresponding ideally to a certain number of exchange operations, it thereby condemns itself to setting a certain kind of humbug at the center of its experience and its universe. A society founded on signs is, in its essence, an artificial society in which man's carnal truth is handled as something artificial. Symbols

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    In default of inexhaustible happiness, eternal suffering would at least give us a destiny. But we do not even have that consolation, and our worst agonies come to an end one day. Suffering

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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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