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

    Potential More
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    Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

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

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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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    There is but one truly serious philosophical problem...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Integrity has no need of rules.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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    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 More
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    new! 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 More
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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.

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    Absolute virtue is impossible and the republic of forgiveness leads, with implacable logic, to the republic of the guillotine.

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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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    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.

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

    Struggle More
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    Whereas the Greeks gave to will the boundaries of reason, we have come to put the will's impulse in the very center of reason, which has, as a result, become deadly.

    Free will More
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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 More
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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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