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Best Albert Camus Quotes

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A list of the best Albert Camus quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Albert Camus quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Albert Camus quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Albert Camus should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Albert Camus quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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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.

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

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

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    There is but one truly serious philosophical problem...

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    Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

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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.

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

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    What is a rebel? A man who says no.

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

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

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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.

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

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    Integrity has no need of rules.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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    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.

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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.

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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.

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

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    Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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    As usual I finish the day before the sea, sumptuous this evening beneath the moon, which writes Arab symbols with phosphorescent streaks on the slow swells. There is no end to the sky and the waters. How well they accompany sadness!

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

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    More and more, revolution has found itself delivered into the hands of its bureaucrats and doctrinaires on the one hand, and to the enfeebled and bewildered masses on the other.

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

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    Revolution, in order to be creative, cannot do without either a moral or metaphysical rule to balance the insanity of history.

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    We call first truths those we discover after all the others.

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    The rebel can never find peace. He knows what is good and, despite himself, does evil. The value which supports him is never given to him once and for all -- he must fight to uphold it, unceasingly.

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    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. Let us rejoice, indeed, at having witnessed the death of a lying and comfort-loving Europe and at being faced with cruel truths.

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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.

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