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

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

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

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

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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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    To be happy we must not be too concerned with others. 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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    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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    Integrity has no need of rules. Character

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor. Futility

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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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