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605 Inspiring Quotes by Albert Camus

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Wikipedia Summary for Albert Camus

Albert Camus ( kam-OO, US also kə-MOO; French: [albɛʁ kamy] (listen); 7 November 1913 – 4 January 1960) was a French philosopher, author, and journalist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature at the age of 44 in 1957, the second-youngest recipient in history. His works include The Stranger, The Plague, The Myth of Sisyphus, The Fall, and The Rebel.

Camus was born in French Algeria to Pieds Noirs parents. He spent his childhood in a poor neighborhood and later studied philosophy at the University of Algiers. He was in Paris when the Germans invaded France during World War II in 1940. Camus tried to flee but finally joined the French Resistance where he served as editor-in-chief at Combat, an outlawed newspaper. After the war, he was a celebrity figure and gave many lectures around the world. He married twice but had many extramarital affairs. Camus was politically active; he was part of the left that opposed the Soviet Union because of its totalitarianism. Camus was a moralist and leaned towards anarcho-syndicalism. He was part of many organisations seeking European integration. During the Algerian War (1954–1962), he kept a neutral stance, advocating for a multicultural and pluralistic Algeria, a position that caused controversy and was rejected by most parties.

Philosophically, Camus's views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism, a movement reacting against the rise of nihilism. He is also considered to be an existentialist, even though he firmly rejected the term throughout his lifetime.


white and blue floral textile

Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.

--Albert Camus



red flower in shallow focus lens

More and more, when faced with the world of men, the only reaction is one of individualism. Man alone is an end unto himself. Everything one tries to do for the common good ends in failure.

--Albert Camus

photo of gray moon

What the world expects of Christians is that Christians should speak out, loud and clear... in such a way that never a doubt, never the slightest doubt, could rise in the heart of the simplest man.

--Albert Camus

selective focus photography of sunflower

Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.

--Albert Camus

red textile in close up photography

For the absurd man, it is not a matter of explaining and solving, but of experiencing and describing. Everything begins with lucid indifference.

--Albert Camus

black and white window illustration

I had only a little time left and I didn't want to waste it on God.

--Albert Camus

green and white abstract painting

For their heroism was that they had to conquer themselves first.

--Albert Camus

rock formation above water

There is a terrible emptiness in me, an indifference that hurts.

--Albert Camus

three people standing inside Big Ben building

Art and revolt will die only with the last man.

--Albert Camus

tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

Nous sommes devenus lucides. Nous avons remplacé le dialogue par le communiqué.

--Albert Camus

houses and trees during nighttime

Even when one sits in the prisoner's dock, it is interesting to hear talk about oneself.

--Albert Camus

two person standing while watching sky

Artistic creation is a demand for unity and a rejection of the world.

--Albert Camus

brown sand beach during daytime

Am well. Thinking of you always. Love.

--Albert Camus


snow-covered mountain near lake under blue sky

In order to exist, man must rebel.

--Albert Camus

None

Human rebellion ends in metaphysical revolution. It progresses from appearances to acts, from the dandy to the revolutionary.

--Albert Camus

white and blue building under clear sky

Gilbert Jonas, painter, believed in his star.... His own faith was not, however, without its virtues because it consisted in admitting, in some obscure way, that he would obtain many things without deserving them.

--Albert Camus



backdrop

Men are never convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity, of the seriousness of your sufferings, except by your death. So long as you are alive, your case is doubtful; you have a right only to their skepticism.

--Albert Camus

white stars in the sky during night time

One dies if necessary, one breaks rather than bending. But I bend, because I continue to love myself.

--Albert Camus


selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

This land on which so many centuries have left their mark is merely an obligatory retreat for you, whereas it has always been our dearest hope. Your too sudden passion is made up of spite and necessity.

--Albert Camus


white and yellow flower in close up photography

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

--Albert Camus


brown wallpaper

Those who love, friends and lovers, know that love is not only a blinding flash, but also a long and painful struggle in the darkness for the realization of definitive recognition and reconciliation.

--Albert Camus


man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune.

--Albert Camus

brown sands

And indeed it could be said that once the faintest stirring of hope became possible, the dominion of plague was ended.

--Albert Camus

pink rose in close up photography

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

--Albert Camus

blue mountains at daytime

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

--Albert Camus

silhouette photography of wavy ocean

You see, I've heard of a man whose friend had been imprisoned and who slept on the floor of his room every night in order not to enjoy a comfort of which his friend had been deprived.

--Albert Camus

white and blue floral textile

It is always easy to be logical. It is almost impossible to be logical to the bitter end.

--Albert Camus

landscape photography of horizon

Thoughts of suicide have got me through many a bad night.

--Albert Camus

selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

If man is reduced to being nothing but a character in history, he has no other choice but to subside into the sound and fury of acompletely irrational history or to endow history with the form of human reason.

--Albert Camus

pink tulips on gray wooden surface

In every guilty man, there is some innocence. This makes every absolute condemnation revolting.

--Albert Camus

landscape photography of waves and clouds

Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.

--Albert Camus


three person looking stars and milky way

Absolute justice is achieved by the suppression of all contradiction, therefore it destroys freedom.

--Albert Camus


green trees under blue sky at daytime

The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.

--Albert Camus

closed door

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

--Albert Camus


shallow focus photography of orange flower

There are plagues, and there are victims, and it's the duty of good men not to join forces with the plagues.

--Albert Camus

aerial view of river in between green trees during daytime

We all carry within us places of exile, our crimes, our ravages. Our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to transform them in ourselves and others.

--Albert Camus

shallow focus photography of hand with red paint

Instead of killing and dying in order to produce the being that we are not, we have to live and let live in order to create what we are.

--Albert Camus

swimming pool with stainless steel ladder

I have no idea what's awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.

--Albert Camus


black textile on white textile

In every rebellion is to be found the metaphysical demand for unity, the impossibility of capturing it, and the construction of a substitute universe.

--Albert Camus


man jumping on hill during golden hour

God put self-pity by the side of despair like the cure by the side of the disease.

--Albert Camus

woman in black tank top and gray leggings doing yoga

There lay certitude; there, in the daily round.
All the rest hung on mere threads and trivial contingencies; you couldn't waste
your time on it. The thing was to do your job as it should be done.

--Albert Camus


woman jumping near white wall paint

Who, cher monsieur, will sleep on the floor for us? Whether I am capable of it myself? Look, I'd like to be and I shall be. Yes, we shall all be capable of it one day, and that will be salvation.

--Albert Camus


black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

I have a good, hearty laugh and an energetic handshake, and those are trump cards.

--Albert Camus

brown desert under sunny sky

To create today is to create dangerously. Any publication is an act, and that act exposes one to the passions of an age that forgives nothing.

--Albert Camus


yellow green leaf

Our civilization survives in the complacency of cowardly or malignant minds, a sacrifice to the vanity of aging adolescents.

--Albert Camus


a woman sits on the end of a dock during daytime staring across a lake

For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.

--Albert Camus

crescent moon above mountain

Freedom is not a gift received from the State or leader, but a possession to be won every day by the effort of each and the union of all.

--Albert Camus

yellow textile

In the vast reaches of the dry, cold night, thousands of stars were constantly appearing, and their sparkling icicles, loosened at once, began to slip gradually toward the horizon.

--Albert Camus

red tulip flowers under calm blue sky

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.

--Albert Camus


black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

We rarely confide in those who are better than we are.

--Albert Camus

yellow and white painted wall

Because,' Cormery went on, 'when I was very young, very foolish, and very much alone ... you paid attention to me and, without seeming to, you opened for me the door to everything I love in the world.

--Albert Camus

silver round analog wall clock

Freedom of the press is perhaps the freedom that has suffered the most from the gradual degradation of the idea of liberty.

--Albert Camus

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

No code of ethics and no effort are justifiable a priori in the face of the cruel mathematics that command our condition.

--Albert Camus

black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer 'yes' without having asked any clear question.

--Albert Camus

plain

I explained to him, however, that my nature was such that my physical needs often got in the way of my feelings.

--Albert Camus

red rose illustration

I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.

--Albert Camus

Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wall

Perhaps we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which children are tortured. But we can reduce the number of tortured children.

--Albert Camus

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves.

--Albert Camus

calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

If it were sufficient to love, things would be too easy. The more one loves the stronger the absurd grows.

--Albert Camus

woman standing on beachfront

At the age of 40, having ordered meat very rare in restaurants all his life, he realized he actually liked it medium and not at all rare.

--Albert Camus

person with black tattoo on left hand

For the existentials negation is their God.

--Albert Camus

green palm tree during daytime

Our fate stands before us and we provoke him. Less out of pride than out of awareness of our ineffectual condition. We, too, sometimes feel pity for ourselves. ... Yet the most daring among us are the ones who feel it.

--Albert Camus

green textile in close up image

If the only significant history of human thought were to be written, it would have to be the history of its successive regrets and its impotences.

--Albert Camus

sunset

Truth, like light, is blinding. Lies, on the other hand, are a beautiful dusk, which enhances the value of each object.

--Albert Camus

red rose in bloom during daytime

Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them.

--Albert Camus

calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

And never have I felt so deeply at one and the same time so detached from myself and so present in the world.

--Albert Camus

blue and white painted wall

Purely historical thought is therefore nihilistic: it wholeheartedly accepts the evil of history and in this way is opposed to rebellion.

--Albert Camus

five children sitting on bench front of trees

A crown of kisses to the queen of dreams.

--Albert Camus

gray building

To remain a man in today's world, one must have not only unfailing energy and unwavering intensity, one must also have a little luck.

--Albert Camus

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Friendship is a knowledge acquired by free men. And there is no freedom without intelligence or without mutual understanding.

--Albert Camus

blue ocean

People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.

--Albert Camus

green trees on forest during daytime

One must imagine Sisyphus happy.

--Albert Camus

3 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime

There is scarcely any passion without struggle.

--Albert Camus

closeup photo of white petaled flowers

Likewise, every time somebody interjects to speak of my honesty there is someone who quivers inside me.

--Albert Camus

white pencil on black platform

We turn our backs on nature; we are ashamed of beauty. Our wretched tragedies have a smell of the office clinging to them, and the blood that trickles from them is the color of printer's ink.

--Albert Camus

flying blue and green hummingbird

If something is going to happen to me, I want to be there.

--Albert Camus

Hey! I miss you

Life is a sum of all your choices.

--Albert Camus

snow covered pine trees

A trial cannot be conducted by announcing the general culpability of a civilization. Only the actual deeds which, at least, stank in the nostrils of the entire world were brought to judgment.

--Albert Camus

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

We are rebels for a cause, poets with a dream, and we won't let this world die without a fight.

--Albert Camus

gray building

Have you no hope at all? And do you really live with the thought that when you die, you die, and nothing remains?" "Yes," I said.

--Albert Camus

A view of the night showing stars

The loss of love is the loss of all rights, even though one had them all.

--Albert Camus

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.

--Albert Camus

black and gray floral textile

What must be remembered in any case is that secret complicity that joins the logical and the everyday to the tragic.

--Albert Camus




green leafed plant

Everthing is true and nothing is true!

--Albert Camus

clear hour glass

So all a man could win in the conflict between plague and life was knowledge and memories.

--Albert Camus

gray building

Something must happen; that is the reason for most human relationships. Something must happen; even servitude in love, in war, ordeath.

--Albert Camus

man wearing knit cap on grey background

Those who prefer their principles over their happiness, they refuse to be happy outside the conditions they seem to have attached to their happiness.

--Albert Camus

blue flower in close up photography

But memory is less disposed to compromise.

--Albert Camus

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

Thought is always out in front. It sees too far, farther than the body which lives in the present.

--Albert Camus

dirt road to sunset

When the body is sad, the heart languishes.

--Albert Camus

green textile in close up image

I was born poor and without religion, under a happy sky, feeling harmony, not hostility, in nature. I began not by feeling torn, but in plenitude.

--Albert Camus

photo of white and brown bricked wall during daytime

There is not one talent for living and another for creating. The same suffices for both. And one can be sure that the talent that could not produce but an artificial work could not sustain but a frivolous life.

--Albert Camus


person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime

There's no worse punishment than worthless, hopeless labor.

--Albert Camus

red rose in close up photography

Every great work makes the human face more admirable and richer, and this is its whole secret.

--Albert Camus

silhouette of trees during sunset

All existence for a man turned away from the eternal is but a vast mime under the mask of the absurd. Creation is the great mime…it is itself an absurd phenomenon.

--Albert Camus

pink flowers in tilt shift lens

Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself.

--Albert Camus

2 people riding on boat during sunset

Mistaken ideas always end in bloodshed, but in every case it is someone else's blood. This is why our thinkers feel free to say just about anything.

--Albert Camus

selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers

A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.

--Albert Camus

blue flowers in tilt shift lens

On my way out I was even going to shake his hand, but I remembered just in time that I'd killed a man.

--Albert Camus

person holding sunflower bouquet during daytime

To me, art is not a solitary delight. It is a means of stirring the greatest number of men by providing them with a privileged image of our common joys and woes.

--Albert Camus

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

From Paul to Stalin, the popes who have chosen Caesar have prepared the way for Caesars who quickly learn to despise popes.

--Albert Camus

purple and white petaled flower

My dear friend, we mustn't give them even the slightest excuse to judge us! Otherwise, we end up in pieces.

--Albert Camus


man in black bubble hoodie looking at the stars

Au milieu de l'hiver, j'ai découvert en moi un invincible été.

--Albert Camus

couple standing on grass field mountain

Ale zawsze nadchodzi godzina w historii, kiedy ten, co ośmiela się powiedzieć, że dwa i dwa to cztery, jest karany śmiercią.

--Albert Camus



long exposure photography of beach

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

--Albert Camus

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

When I look at my life and its secret colors, I feel like bursting into tears.

--Albert Camus

short-beak red bird on tree

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

--Albert Camus

silhouette photography of trees and sky

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

--Albert Camus


body of water

A novel is never anything but a philosophy expressed in images. And in a good novel the philosophy has disappeared into the images.

--Albert Camus


red and white petaled flower close-up photography

Every man needs slaves like he needs clean air. To rule is to breathe, is it not? And even the most disenfranchised get to breathe. The lowest on the social scale have their spouses or their children.

--Albert Camus


sunset with rainbow

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

--Albert Camus

white-and-pink flowers

A lot of jobs don't allow you to be who you are. There is dignity in work only when it is work freely accepted.

--Albert Camus

pair of white lace-up shoes

In Oran, as elsewhere, for want of time and thought, people have to love one another without knowing it.

--Albert Camus


person's hand holding round silver analog watch with black leather strap

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.

--Albert Camus


flock of birds flying under blue sky during daytime

You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade.

--Albert Camus

red tulip in bloom during daytime

The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.

--Albert Camus


purple petaled flower with vase selective focus photography

True artists scorn nothing.

--Albert Camus

brown pathway between green plants

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

--Albert Camus


white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

There can be no true goodness, nor true love, without the utmost clear-sightedness.

--Albert Camus

Light blue to dark blue gradient

November 16.
He said: "We must have one love, one great love in our life, since it gives us an alibi for all the moments when we are filled with motiveless despair.

--Albert Camus

3 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime

Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know.

--Albert Camus

None

There always comes a time when one must choose between contemplation and action. This is called becoming a man.

--Albert Camus

yellow and purple flower with white background

I grew up with the sea, and poverty for me was sumptuous; then I lost the sea and found all luxuries gray and poverty unbearable.

--Albert Camus

red rose

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

--Albert Camus


green leafed plant

Yes, there was an element of abstraction and unreality in misfortune. But when an abstraction starts to kill you, you have to get to work on it.

--Albert Camus

multicolored abstract painting

It is not rebellion itself which is noble but the demands it makes upon us.

--Albert Camus

people raises hands

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

--Albert Camus


red tulip in bloom close up photo

Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority.

--Albert Camus

long exposure photography of beach

God is not necessary to create culpability, or to punish. Our fellow men are enough for that, helped by ourselves.

--Albert Camus

silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff

But this time is ours, and we cannot live hating ourselves.

--Albert Camus

silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

My soul's a burden to me, I've had enough of it. I'm eager to be in that country, where the sun kills every question. I don't belong here.

--Albert Camus

empty gray floor beside pool

The misery and greatness of this world: it offers no truths, but only objects for love. Absurdity is king, but love saves us from it.

--Albert Camus

person sinking on body of water

The tragedy is not that we are alone, but that we cannot be. At times I would give anything in the world to no longer be connected by anything to this universe of men.

--Albert Camus

high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

Au milieu de l'hiver, j'apprenais enfin qu'il y avait en moi un été invincible.

--Albert Camus

shallow focus photography of red flower

Life is the sum of your choices.

--Albert Camus

white and purple flower in macro shot

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

--Albert Camus

blue wall during daytime

Great ideas come into the world as gently as doves.

--Albert Camus

backdrop

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.

--Albert Camus

snow-covered mountain near lake under blue sky

Those who write clearly have readers.

--Albert Camus

mountain with tree during daytime

They came to know the incorrigible sorrow of all prisoners and exiles, which is to live in company with a memory that serves no purpose.

--Albert Camus

landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays

Being is good, but getting rich is better.... If the gods had only the riches of men's adoration, they would be as poor as poor Caligula.

--Albert Camus

closeup photography of wall

It would be unjust, and moreover Utopian, for Shakespeare to direct the shoemakers' union. But it would be equally disastrous forthe shoemakers' union to ignore Shakespeare.

--Albert Camus



A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

There is the good and the bad, the great and the low, the just and the unjust. I swear to you that all that will never change.

--Albert Camus


silhouette of flying bird

Men and women consume one another rapidly in what is called "the act of love," or else settle down to a mild habit of conjugality. We seldom find a mean between these two extremes.

--Albert Camus


lightning strike at night

As I usually do when I want to get rid of someone whose conversation bores me, I pretended to agree.

--Albert Camus

snowy mountain

A man wants to earn money in order to be happy, and his whole effort and the best of a life are devoted to the earning of that money. Happiness is forgotten; the means are taken for the end.

--Albert Camus

body of water during daytime

If pimps and thieves were invariably sentenced, all decent people would get to thinking they themselves were constantly innocent.

--Albert Camus

yellow sunflower in glass vase

Believe me, the hardest thing for a man to give up is that which he really doesn't want, after all.

--Albert Camus

white smoke

Some cry: 'Love me!' Others: 'Don't love me!' But a certain genus, the worst and most unhappy, cries: 'Don't love me and be faithful to me!'

--Albert Camus

purple flowers under cloudy sky

Whoever today speaks of human existence in terms of power, efficiency, and historical tasks is an actual or potential assassin.

--Albert Camus

man holding his head

In order to exist, man must rebel, but rebellion must respect the limits that it discovers in itself -- limits where minds meet, and in meeting, begin to exist.

--Albert Camus

pink petaled flower field

The entire history of mankind is, in any case, nothing but a prolonged fight to the death for the conquest of universal prestige and absolute power.

--Albert Camus

bonfire in forest

The end of their passion consists of loving uselessly at the moment when it is pointless.

--Albert Camus

sea during daytime

If you keep on excusing, you eventually give your blessing to the slave camp, to cowardly force, to organized executioners, to the cynicism of great political monsters; you finally hand over your brothers.

--Albert Camus

pink cherry blossom tree under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Albert Camus


sunset

Part 2. At that moment we are feverish but also porous, so that the slightest touch makes us quiver to the depths of our being.

--Albert Camus



red tulip flowers under calm blue sky

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.

--Albert Camus


pink and red flowers

Nature is a burning and frigid, transparent and limited universe in which nothing is possible but everything is given.

--Albert Camus


body of water under blue sky with stars

Throughout the whole absurd life I'd lived, a dark wind had been rising toward me from somewhere deep in my future, across years that were still to come.

--Albert Camus


yellow and red tulip in bloom close up photo

I always found misogyny vulgar and stupid, and I found almost all the women I have known to be my betters. However, placing them so high, I used them more often than I served them. How does one make sense of this?

--Albert Camus

brown wooden door with silver door lever

A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.

--Albert Camus

five woman standing on seashore

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way; as we should see if we were not always so much wrapped up in ourselves.

--Albert Camus

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

Every achievement is a servitude. It compels us to a higher achievement.

--Albert Camus

red tulips flower

Does the end justify the means? That is possible. But what will justify the end? To that question, which historical thought leaves pending, rebellion replies: the means.

--Albert Camus


sunflower with clear glass vase on gray table

It was previously a question of finding out whether or not life had to have a meaning to be lived. It now becomes clear on the contrary that it will be lived all the better if it has no meaning.

--Albert Camus

pot on window with flowers

Madness such as this, its like trying to stop a fire with the moisture from a kiss.

--Albert Camus


pink flower

In a world that has ceased to believe in sin, the artist is responsible for the preaching.

--Albert Camus


green artificial palm tree on seashore

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.

--Albert Camus

white wall paint beside white wall

She was waiting, but she didn't know for what. She was aware only of her solitude, and of the penetrating cold, and of a greater weight in the region of her heart.

--Albert Camus

sunset

We are rebels for a cause, poets with a dream , and we won't let this world die without a fight.

--Albert Camus

water on seashore

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.

--Albert Camus


close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

I have always felt I lived on the high seas, threatened, at the heart of a royal happiness.

--Albert Camus

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

Let's not worry. It's too late now. It will always be too late, fortunately!

--Albert Camus

gray elephant

I think my life is of great importance, but I also think it is meaningless.

--Albert Camus

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

No matter what cause one defends, it will suffer permanent disgrace if one resorts to blind attacks on crowds of innocent people.

--Albert Camus

five woman standing on seashore

Don't walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don't walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend.

--Albert Camus

snow covered mountain during daytime

Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.

--Albert Camus


plain background

How did I picture the life after the grave?
I Fairly bawled out at him: 'A life in which I can remember this life on earth. That's all I want of it.

--Albert Camus

green grass field with smoke

A single sentence will suffice for modern man. He fornicated and read the papers. After that vigorous definition, the subject will be, if I may say so, exhausted.

--Albert Camus

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.

--Albert Camus

two women walking on bridge during daytime

To live is in itself a value judgment. To breathe is to judge.

--Albert Camus

man in black jacket sitting on chair

Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky.

--Albert Camus

milky way wallpaper

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

--Albert Camus

palm tree under orange sky

You must have a love, a great love, to ensure an alibi at unjustified despairs that conquer all of us.

--Albert Camus

cluster of stars in the sky

Gandhi proved it is possible to fight for one's people and win without for a moment losing the world's respect.

--Albert Camus

grayscale photography of person on beach

The nobility of our calling will always be rooted in two commitments difficult to observe: refusal to lie about what we know, and resistance to oppression.

--Albert Camus

worm's eye view of trees during night time

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.

--Albert Camus

blue and white striped textile

Only the sea, murmurous behind the dingy checkerboard of houses, told of the unrest, the precariousness, of all things in this world.

--Albert Camus

purple and white light illustration

The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism.

--Albert Camus

two person standing while watching sky

One recognizes one's course by discovering the paths that stray from it.

--Albert Camus


green ceramic mug on wooden desk

Sometimes at night I would sleep open-eyed underneath a sky dripping with stars. I was alive then.

--Albert Camus

brown and white bird on tree branch

You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

--Albert Camus


sunset forest

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.

--Albert Camus

photo of outer space

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

--Albert Camus

clear wine glass with red wine

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

--Albert Camus

black and white photo of woman looking upward

In the long run one gets used to anything.

--Albert Camus

sunset

It is immoral not to tell.

--Albert Camus

brown and black tiger near body of water

Life is the sum of all your choices.

--Albert Camus



woman signing on white printer paper beside woman about to touch the documents

How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.

--Albert Camus

sunset

The future is the only transcendental value for men without God.

--Albert Camus

forest trees photograph

Man is an idea, and a precious small idea once he turns his back on love.

--Albert Camus

two children holding hands while walking in the middle of the fields

Piuttosto morire in piedi che vivere in ginocchio.

--Albert Camus

silhouette photo of aurora borealis

The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning.

--Albert Camus

dirt road to sunset

For ever, I shall be a stranger to myself.

--Albert Camus

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

I cling like a miser to the freedom that disappears as soon as there is an excess of things.

--Albert Camus


blue wall bricks

One might think, that a period which, within fifty years, uproots, enslaves or kills seventy million human beings, should only, and forthwith, be condemned. But also its guilt must be understood.

--Albert Camus

foggy mountains

The evil that is in the world always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack understanding.

--Albert Camus

blooming pink flower

The French Revolution gave birth to no artists but only to a great journalist, Desmoulins, and to an under-the-counter writer, Sade. The only poet of the times was the guillotine.

--Albert Camus

man and woman kissing under blue sky during daytime

He seemed so certain about everything, didn't he? And yet none of his certainties was worth one hair of a woman's head. He wasn't even sure he was alive, because he was living like a dead man.

--Albert Camus

black pug puppy on green textile

Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?

--Albert Camus

rocks on sea side at daytime

I know of only one duty, and that is to love.

--Albert Camus

three books on surface

Over there, in Europe, all was shame and anger. Here it was exile or solitude, among these languid and agitated madmen who danced in order to die.

--Albert Camus

grassland landscape

The loves we share with a city are often secret loves.

--Albert Camus


woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

You would not write about loneliness so much if you knew how to get the most out of it.

--Albert Camus

Arizona landscape

To abolish hope is to bring the thought back to the body. And the body is doomed to perish.

--Albert Camus

photography of white wall lot

Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.

--Albert Camus

white

No, Father, I've a very different idea of love. And until my dying day I shall refuse to love a scheme of things in which children are put to torture.

--Albert Camus

yellow sunflower in close up photography

The important thing isn't the soundness or otherwise of the argument, but for it to make you think.

--Albert Camus




white oriental lily flower

A city deprived of everything, devoid of light and devoid of heat, starved, and still not crushed.

--Albert Camus

silhouette of mountain during sunset

The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.

--Albert Camus

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

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

--Albert Camus


close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

We don't have the time to completely be ourselves. We only have the room to be happy.

--Albert Camus

black textile in close up photography

Fortunately there is gin, the sole glimmer in this darkness. Do you feel the golden, copper-coloured light it kindles in you? I like walking through the city of an evening in the warmth of gin.

--Albert Camus

yellow flowers blooming at field

The absurd does not liberate; it binds. It does not authorize all actions. "Everything is permitted" does not mean that nothing is forbidden.

--Albert Camus

silhouette of kneeling man

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

--Albert Camus


men running toward beach

It is a great deal to fight while despising war, to accept losing everything while still preferring happiness, to face destruction while cherishing the idea of a higher civilization.

--Albert Camus

brown and black butterfly on pink flower

What will be left of the power of example if it is proved that capital punishment has another power, and a very real one, which degrades men to the point of shame, madness, and murder?

--Albert Camus

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

The world is unimportant and whoever recognizes this conquers his liberty.

--Albert Camus

sunflowers

I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist.

--Albert Camus


lights

The harshest winter finds an invincible summer in us.

--Albert Camus

brown rock formation

The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.

--Albert Camus

red rose in close up photography

An intense feeling carries with it its own universe, magnificent or wretched as the case may be.

--Albert Camus

purple flowered hedge plants

Man stands face to face with the irrational. He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.

--Albert Camus

pink, red, and black digital wallpaper

After all, I do not have so many ways of proving that I am free. We is always free at the expense of someone else. It is a bother,but it is normal.

--Albert Camus


five woman standing on seashore

We refuse to despair of mankind. Without having the unreasonable ambition to save men, we still want to serve them.

--Albert Camus


laughing woman photo

You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.

--Albert Camus

white and black boat on sea during daytime

If the world were clear, art would not exist.

--Albert Camus

gray elephant

I don't want to be a genius-I have enough problems just trying to be a man.

--Albert Camus

boy and cat in front of moon

The only serious question in life is whether to kill yourself or not.

--Albert Camus

mountains covered with fog

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.

--Albert Camus


silhouette photo of trees during night time

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.

--Albert Camus

pink rose in bloom close up photo

I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn't capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.

--Albert Camus

green water in close up photography

Tragedy forms a closed world, in which we stumble over and knock against obstacles. In the theater, tragedy must be born and die in the restricted area of the stage.

--Albert Camus

silver bell alarm clock

But,' I reminded myself, 'it's common knowledge that life isn't worth living, anyhow.

--Albert Camus


silhouette of a woman with pink and purple sky

Yes, their reasons are overwhelming. They are as big as hope and as deep as revolt. They are the reasons of the future for a country that others tried so long to limit to the gloomy rumination of her past.

--Albert Camus

milky way wallpaper

Our world does not need tepid souls. It needs burning hearts, men who know the proper place of moderation.

--Albert Camus

man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

Happiness is not everything and men have their duties. Mine is to find my mother, a homeland.

--Albert Camus

white flower in grayscale photography

Yes, and when the love of life disappears, no meaning can console us.

--Albert Camus

pink and white flowers on white surface

All I know of morality I learned from football.

--Albert Camus

blue wall during daytime

Le monde est beau, et hors de lui, point de salut.

--Albert Camus

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

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

--Albert Camus


autumn leaves on body of water

To know oneself, one should assert oneself.

--Albert Camus

grassland landscape

Myths are made for the imagination to breathe life into them.

--Albert Camus


body of water under blue sky during sunset

Mother used to say that however miserable one is, there's always something to be thankful for. And each morning, when the sky brightened and light began to flood my cell, I agreed with her.

--Albert Camus

aerial view of green lake surrounded by green trees during daytime

People don't love each other at our age --they please each other, that's all. Later on when you're old and impotent, you can love somebody. At our age, you just think you do. That's all it is.

--Albert Camus


person holding white ceramic cup with liquid

I've seen of enough of people who die for an idea. I don't believe in heroism; I know it's easy and I've learned it can be murderous. What interests me is living and dying for what one loves.

--Albert Camus

None

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

--Albert Camus

pink and yellow flower painting

Once one's up against it, the precise manner of one's death has obviously small importance.

--Albert Camus

eyeglasses in bokeh photography

The opposite of an idealist is too often a man without love.

--Albert Camus

woman standing between sunflower field during daytime

For me, physical love has always been bound to an irresistible feeling of innocence and joy. Thus, I cannot love in tears but in exaltation.

--Albert Camus


purple moth orchids in bloom close up photo

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.

--Albert Camus

person sitting on black surface looking to sky

One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.

--Albert Camus


selective focus photo of green snake plant

Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.

--Albert Camus

brown trees on brown field during daytime

The opposite of an idealist is too often a man without love.

--Albert Camus



woman wearing white dress

The act of love is a confession.

--Albert Camus

sun

Crime too is a form of solitude, even if one thousand get together to commit it. And it is right for me to die alone, after having lived and killed alone.

--Albert Camus

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

Somebody inside of me has always tried, with all his strength, to be nobody.

--Albert Camus

white and yellow flower in close up photography

Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.

--Albert Camus

Arizona landscape

There are truths but no truth.

--Albert Camus

green palm plant

None of the evils which totalitarianism ... claims to remedy is worse than totalitarianism itself.

--Albert Camus

black dog photography

Everything is true, and nothing is true!

--Albert Camus

purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

It is necessary to fall in love... if only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway.

--Albert Camus

purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

In truth, I was so good at being a man, with such plenitude and simplicity, that I thought I was something of a superman.

--Albert Camus

landscape photography of green tree

To govern means to pillage, as everyone knows.

--Albert Camus

Arizona landscape

It is in the thick of a calamity that one gets hardened to the truth, in other words to silence.

--Albert Camus

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

You always get exaggerated notions about things you don't know anything about.

--Albert Camus

full moon in the sky

Lying is not only saying what isn't true. It is also, in fact especially, saying more than is true and, in the case of the human heart, saying more than one feels. We all do it, every day, to make life simpler.

--Albert Camus

mountains under white mist at daytime

That's love, giving everything, sacrificing all without hope of return.

--Albert Camus

cloudy sky

I have come to love in this world what it has mutilated and torn.

--Albert Camus

sunset with rainbow

In medical science, as in daily life, it was unwise to jump to conclusions.

--Albert Camus

blue wooden door opened

Intelligence in chains loses in lucidity what it gains in intensity.

--Albert Camus

photo of brown parquet

Din clipa în care a fost cunosută,absurditatea devine o pasiune,cea mai sfîșietoare din toate.

--Albert Camus

Arizona landscape

A loveless world is a dead world.

--Albert Camus

purple textile with white line

In a sense, and as in melodrama, killing yourself amounts to confessing. It is confessing that life is too much for you or that you do not understand it.

--Albert Camus

four orange, green, blue, and red paint rollers

A work of art is a confession.

--Albert Camus

silhouette photography of person

There is no love of life without despair of life.

--Albert Camus

red tulips

I love life -- that's my real weakness. I love it so much that I am incapable of imagining what is not life.

--Albert Camus

silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

In raining bullets on those silent faces, already turned away from this world, you think you are disfiguring the face of our truth.

--Albert Camus



yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

To abandon oneself to principles is really to die -- and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.

--Albert Camus

man playing soccer during daytime

Imagination offers people consolation for what they cannot be, and humor for what they actually are.

--Albert Camus

blue textile with blue background

If there is a soul, it is a mistake to believe that it is given to us fully created. It is created here, throughout a whole life. And living is nothing else but that long and painful bringing forth.

--Albert Camus

low-angle photo of white daisy

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

--Albert Camus

white concrete building

To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything.

--Albert Camus


purple and white clouds during night time

But now the artist is in the amphitheatre. Of necessity, his voice is not quite the same; it is not nearly so firm.

--Albert Camus


two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water

Women are all we know of paradise on this earth.

--Albert Camus


man in black jacket and black pants standing on brown rock formation during daytime

Rebellion, in man, is the refusal to be treated as an object and to be reduced to simple historical terms. It is the affirmation of a nature common to all men, which eludes the world of power.

--Albert Camus

white and yellow flower in close up photography

They knew now that if there is one thing one can always yearn for, and sometimes attain, it is human love.

--Albert Camus


yellow sunflower in close up photography

It is a well-known fact that we always recognize our homeland at the moment we are about to lose it.

--Albert Camus

solid background

I realized then that a man who had lived only one day could easily live for a hundred years in prison. He would have enough memories to keep him from being bored.

--Albert Camus

rainbow

I feel more fellowship with the defeated than with saints.

--Albert Camus

jellyfish under water photo

We writers must know that we can never escape the common misery and that our only justification, if indeed there is a justification, is to speak up, insofar as we can, for those who cannot do so.

--Albert Camus

brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime

Sometimes, from beyond the skycrapers, the cry of a tugboat finds you in your insomnia, and you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island.

--Albert Camus

Bright orange to dark red gradient

How had I not seen that there was nothing more important than an execution, and that when you come right down to it, it was the only thing a man could truly be interested in?

--Albert Camus

solid background

Always there comes an hour when one is weary of one's work and devotion to duty, and all one craves for is a loved face, the warmth and wonder of a loving heart.

--Albert Camus

white rose flower

Do you believe in God, doctor?" No -- but what does that really mean? I'm fumbling in the dark, struggling to make something out. But I've long ceased finding that original.

--Albert Camus

woman carrying baby while walking

At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face, As it is, in its distressing nudity, in its light without effulgence, it is elusive.

--Albert Camus

gray building

It is not humiliating to be unhappy. Physical suffering is sometimes humiliating, but the suffering of being cannot be, it is life.

--Albert Camus

close shot of yellow flowers

Rebellion cannot exist without a strange form of love.

--Albert Camus

water droplets on green leaf

Fancy language, like poplin, too often conceals an eczema.

--Albert Camus

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads.

--Albert Camus

photo of white and brown bricked wall during daytime

And I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. I don't want any greatness for it, particularly a greatness born of blood and falsehood. I want to keep it alive by keeping justice alive.

--Albert Camus

silhouette of trees during nighttime

You will always win if you make an effort, no matter how much. However, if you failed it means you were too lazy.

--Albert Camus


four wooden boat on teal sea

A true masterpiece does not tell everything.

--Albert Camus

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

The true work of art is always on the human scale. It is essentially the one that says, 'less.'

--Albert Camus

man in black bubble hoodie looking at the stars

An achievement is a bondage. It obliges one to a higher achievement.

--Albert Camus

pink tulip flower

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

--Albert Camus

orange lily in bloom close up photo

Germany collapsed as a result of having engaged in a struggle for empire with the concepts of provincial politics.

--Albert Camus

black pug puppy

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

--Albert Camus

person holding green plant during daytime

There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.

--Albert Camus

pavement surrounded with dried leaves

I was absent at the moment I took up the most space.

--Albert Camus

photo of gray elephant on grass

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

--Albert Camus

None

In the world there is, parallel to the force of death and constraint, an enormous force of persuasion that is called culture.

--Albert Camus

shillouette photo of person standing at the peak

Accept life, take it as it is? Stupid. The means of doing otherwise? Far from our having to take it, it is life that possesses us and on occasion shuts our mouths.

--Albert Camus



clear hour glass

I'll tell you a big secret, mon cher. Don't wait for the last judgement. It takes place everyday.

--Albert Camus

two person standing while watching sky

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

--Albert Camus


raging waves through shores

What made me run away was doubtless not so much the fear of settling down, but of settling down permanently in something ugly.

--Albert Camus

black and white abstract illustration

At times I feel myself overtaken by an immense tenderness for these people around me who live in the same century.

--Albert Camus

clear blue sea under blue sky

I have not stopped loving that which is sacred in this world.

--Albert Camus

purple and blue light illustration

At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures -- be what he is. And, above all, accept these things.

--Albert Camus

mountain with tree during daytime

I understood, by dint of digging into my memories, that modesty helped me to shine, humility helped me to triumph and virtue to oppress.

--Albert Camus

clear hour glass with brown frame

If pimps and thieves everywhere were always punished, honest people would all believe themselves always to be innocent.

--Albert Camus

black textile on white background

What, in fact, is a novel but a universe in which action is endowed with form, where final words are pronounced, where people possess one another completely, and where life assumes the aspect of destiny?

--Albert Camus



man on running field

I make myself strict rules in order to correct my nature. But it is my nature that I finally obey.

--Albert Camus

A view of the night showing stars

Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.

--Albert Camus

person sinking on body of water

Children will still die unjustly even in a perfect society. Even by his greatest effort, man can only propose to diminish, arithmetically, the sufferings of the world.

--Albert Camus

person wearing Apple watch

Why should it be essential to love rarely in order to love much?

--Albert Camus


blue and white light digital wallpaper

If Christianity is pessimistic as to man, it is optimistic as to human destiny. Well, I can say that, pessimistic as to human destiny, I am optimistic as to man.

--Albert Camus


green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

Conscious of not being able to separate myself from my time, I have decided to become part of it.

--Albert Camus

black and yellow wall sconce

I'd buy myself a cabin on the beach, I'd put some glue in my navel, and I'd stick a flag in there. Then I'd wait to see which way the wind was blowing.

--Albert Camus

woman signing on white printer paper beside woman about to touch the documents

What I believe to be true I must therefore preserve. What seems to me so obvious, even against me, I must support.

--Albert Camus

island during daytime

I have never been able to renounce the light, the pleasure of being, and the freedom in which I grew up.

--Albert Camus

red and yellow abstract painting

Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.

--Albert Camus

backdrop

Tyrants know there is in the work of art an emancipatory force, which is mysterious only to those who do not revere it. Every great work makes the human face more admirable and richer, and this is its whole secret.

--Albert Camus

white satellite dish under starry night

Utopia is that which is in contradiction with reality.

--Albert Camus

fawn pug on bed

There is only one class of men, the privileged class.

--Albert Camus

man in blue tank top holding green and black skateboard

History only exists, in the final analysis, for God.

--Albert Camus

Arizona landscape

Forever I shall be a stranger to myself. In psychology as in logic, there are truths but no truth.

--Albert Camus

grayscale photo of woman wearing collared shirt

After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.

--Albert Camus

yellow flowers

Betrayal answers betrayal, the mask of love is answered by the disappearance of love.

--Albert Camus

green trees under white sky during daytime

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.

--Albert Camus

photo of brown parquet

I felt the urge to reassure him that I was like everybody else, just like everybody else.

--Albert Camus

closed door

A symbol always transcends the one who makes use of it and makes him say in reality more than he is aware of expressing.

--Albert Camus

black and white bird on seashore

To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well.

--Albert Camus

pink and white flowers on white surface

You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.

--Albert Camus

photo of clear sky full of stars

Cruel irony, the poor man tormented with hunger feeds those who plead his case.

--Albert Camus


woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?

--Albert Camus

rocky mountain under starry night

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.

--Albert Camus

brown rock formation

Ce qu'on appelle une raison de vivre est en même temps une excellente raison de mourir.

--Albert Camus


orange lily in bloom close up photo

To impoverish that reality whose inhumanity constitutes man's majesty is tantamount to impoverishing him himself.

--Albert Camus

yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

The absurd depends as much on man as on the world. For the moment, it is all that links them together.

--Albert Camus

aerial view of gray building on brown sand

Whatever prevents you from doing your work has become your work.

--Albert Camus



brown desert under sunny sky

After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk of the most dreadful of deaths, whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion.

--Albert Camus

black wooden louver door window

There's so much wickedness in the world," she said. "So what can you expect?

--Albert Camus


woman holding cake looking up

There is no shame in preferring happiness.

--Albert Camus

green artificial palm tree on seashore

Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price of goods that they cannot do without.

--Albert Camus


person sitting on black surface looking to sky

Any country where I am not bored is a country that teaches me nothing.

--Albert Camus


shillouette photo of person standing at the peak

After another moment's silence she mumbled that I was peculiar, that that was probably why she loved me but that one day I might disgust her for the very same reason.

--Albert Camus

clear hour glass beside pink flowers

A sub-clerk in the post-office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them.

--Albert Camus

gray hummingbird

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

--Albert Camus

minimalist photography of open door

It is natural to give a clear view of the world after accepting the idea that it must be clear.

--Albert Camus

woman signing on white printer paper beside woman about to touch the documents

I used to advertise my loyalty and I don't believe there is a single person I loved that I didn't eventually betray.

--Albert Camus

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

Everything I know about morality and the obligations of men, I owe it to football.

--Albert Camus

green trees under white sky during daytime

Camus himself described this work as 'an attempt to understand the time I live in'.

--Albert Camus

bare tress and mountain

Don't wait for the last judgment -- it takes place every day.

--Albert Camus

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

What would become of the world if the condemned started to confide their heartaches to the executioners?

--Albert Camus

cat in space

Time drips, heavy, slow.

--Albert Camus


calm ocean

In that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. Finding it so much like myself -- like a brother, really -- I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again.

--Albert Camus





brown wooden surface

This world in itself is not reasonable, that is all that can be said. But what is absurd is the confrontation of this irrational and the wild longing for clarity whose call echoes in the human heart.

--Albert Camus

saguaro

The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.

--Albert Camus


silhouette of person kicking on mid air

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.

--Albert Camus

brown rock formation

Travel, which is like a greater and graver science, brings us back to ourselves.

--Albert Camus

closeup photography of black and brown bird

À chacun son printemps, le mien a des roses de fer.

--Albert Camus

solid background

Creating is living doubly. The groping, anxious quest of a Proust, his meticulous collecting of flowers, of wallpapers, and of anxieties, signifies nothing else.

--Albert Camus

white desk lamp beside green plant

After all perhaps the greatness of art lies in the perpetual tension between beauty and pain, the love of men and the madness of creation, unbearable solitude and the exhausting crowd, rejection and consent.

--Albert Camus

full moon in the sky

It is terrifying to see how easily, in certain people, all dignity collapses. Yet when you think about it, this is quite normal since they only maintain this dignity by constantly striving against their own nature.

--Albert Camus


gray building

Lucifer also has died with God, and from his ashes has arisen a spiteful demon who does not even understand the object of his venture.

--Albert Camus

Painting of Stonehenge

The futility of what was happening here seemed to take me by the throat, I felt like vomiting, and I had only one idea: to get it over, to go back to my cell, and sleep... and sleep.

--Albert Camus

yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

For who would dare to assert that eternal happiness can compensate for a single moment's human suffering.

--Albert Camus

silver round analog wall clock

Tout re  volutionnaire finit en oppresseur ou en he  re  tique. Every revolutionary ends as an oppressor or a heretic.

--Albert Camus



pink petaled flower

I feel like getting married, or committing suicide, or subscribing to L'Illustration. Something desperate, you know.

--Albert Camus

person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

The hopeless hope is what sustains us in difficult moments; our comrades will be more patient than the executioners and more numerous than the bullets.

--Albert Camus


white tulips with green leaves

I noticed that he laid stress on my "intelligence." It puzzled me rather why what would count as a good point in an ordinary person should be used against an accused man as an overwhelming proof of his guilt.

--Albert Camus


woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Any thought that abandons unity glorifies diversity. And diversity is the home of art.

--Albert Camus

blue and white light digital wallpaper

They were silent, humiliated by this return of the defeated, furious at their own silence, but the more it was prolonged the less capable they were of breaking it.

--Albert Camus

yellow and blue painted wall

Only he who is uncompromising as to his rights maintains the sense of duty.

--Albert Camus

shallow focus photography of books

There is something divine in mindless beauty.

--Albert Camus

selective focus photography of grey coin operated telescope

One cannot be a part-time nihilist.

--Albert Camus


black Sony point-and-shoot camera on yellow surface

People don't love each other at our age, Marthe--they please each other, that's all. Later on, when you're old and impotent, you can love someone. At our age, you just think you do. That's all it is.

--Albert Camus


gray concrete floor

One thinks differently about the same thing in the morning and in the evening. But where is the truth, in the night thought or in the spirit of midday? Two replies, two races of men.

--Albert Camus

solid background

I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live as if there isn't and to die to find out that there is.

--Albert Camus

silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

The innocent is the person who explains nothing.

--Albert Camus

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

May heaven protect us, cher monsieur, from being set on a pedestal by our friends!

--Albert Camus

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

We have to live and let live in order to create what we are.

--Albert Camus

sunset forest

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf's a flower.

--Albert Camus

blue and white abstract painting

True debauchery is liberating because it creates no obligations. In it you possess only yourself, hence it remains the favorite pastime of the great lovers of their own person.

--Albert Camus

fawn pug in close up photography

How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!

--Albert Camus

water color palette on white surface

You always get exaggerated notions of things you don't know anything about.

--Albert Camus


solid background

I have the loftiest idea, and the most passionate one, of art. Much too lofty to agree to subject it to anything. Much too passionate to want to divorce it from anything.

--Albert Camus

tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

The most important thing you do everyday you live is deciding not to kill yourself.

--Albert Camus

body of water during sunset

People believe a man is in distress because his loved one dies in one day. But his real pain is less futile: it is that he finds out that sadness too does not last. Even pain has no meaning.

--Albert Camus

group of elephant on brown field under white clouds during daytime

Every artist preserves deep within him a single source from which, throughout his lifetime, he draws what he is, and what he says. When the source dries up, the work withers and crumbles.

--Albert Camus


clear glass hour glass with black liquid

I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world.

--Albert Camus

yellow and red tulip in bloom close up photo

The kingdom of heaven will, in fact, appear on earth , but it will be ruled over by men a mere handful to begin with, who will be the Cassars, because they were the first to understand and later, with time, by all men.

--Albert Camus

person holding white mini bell alarmclock

The soul of a murderer is blind.

--Albert Camus



pink, red, and black digital wallpaper

Again and again there comes a time in history when the man who dares to say that two and two make four is punished with death. ("The Plague").

--Albert Camus

pink

It occurred to me that anyway one more Sunday was over that Maman was buried now, that I was going back to work, and that, really, nothing had changed.

--Albert Camus

river between trees under blue sky

Poverty, first of all was never a misfortune for me; it was radiant with sunlight.. I owe it to my family, first of all, who lacked everything and who envied practically nothing.

--Albert Camus

black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm.

--Albert Camus

black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

I am strangely tired, not from having talked so much but at the mere thought of what I still have to say.

--Albert Camus


brown rock formation on body of water during daytime

Wandering seemed no more than the happiness of an anxious man.

--Albert Camus



rock formation under starry skies

No longer were there individual destinies; only a collective destiny, made of plague and emotions shared by all.

--Albert Camus


silhouette of kneeling man

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

--Albert Camus

silhouette of man on top of hill overlooking lighted city at dawn

I spent a long time looking at faces, drinking in smiles. Am I happy or unhappy? It's not very important question. I live with such frenzied intensity.

--Albert Camus

yellow and purple flower with white background

I have always thought it would be easier to redeem a man steeped in vice and crime than a greedy, narrow-minded, pitiless merchant.

--Albert Camus

purple textile in close up photography

In Italian museums are sometimes found little painted screens that the priest used to hold in front of the face of condemned men to hide the scaffold from them.

--Albert Camus

eyeglasses in bokeh photography

In Holland, everyone is an expert in painting and in tulips.

--Albert Camus


black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all.

--Albert Camus

yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.

--Albert Camus

brown mountain at nighttime

The real 19th century prophet was Dostoevsky, not Karl Marx.

--Albert Camus

blue wall during daytime

There is so much stubborn hope in the human heart.

--Albert Camus

silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

Life can be magnificent and overwhelming -- that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live.

--Albert Camus


sunset

Absolute freedom mocks at justice. Absolute justice denies freedom.

--Albert Camus

high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

In the midst of winter, I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.

--Albert Camus

rock formation under starry skies

A profound thought is in a constant state of becoming; it adopts the experience of a life and assumes its shape.

--Albert Camus

calm ocean

No excuses ever, for anyone; that is my principle at the outset. I deny the good intention, the respectable mistake, the indiscretion, the extenuating circumstance. With me there is no giving of absolution or blessing.

--Albert Camus


black textile in close up photography

Every time I hear a political speech or I read those of our leaders, I am horrified at having, for years, heard nothing which sounded human. It is always the same words telling the same lies.

--Albert Camus

white petaled flower bloom during daytime

Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.

--Albert Camus

woman sitting on black chair in front of glass-panel window with white curtains

The French Revolution gave birth to no artists but only to a great journalist, desmoulins, and to an under-the-counter writer, sade. The only poet of the times was the guillotine.

--Albert Camus





man in black jacket and pants jumping on white rock

Myths are made for the imagination to breath life into them.

--Albert Camus


silhouette photography of wavy ocean

Thinking of the future, establishing aims for oneself, having preferences-all this presupposes a belief in freedom, even if one occasionally ascertains that one doesn't feel it.

--Albert Camus

yellow rose flower

If Nietzsche is correct, that to shame a man is to kill him, then any honest attempt at autobiography will be an act of self-destruction.

--Albert Camus

toddlers standing outdoors

Real fulfillment, for the man who allows absolutely free rein to his desires, and who much dominate everything, lies in hatred.

--Albert Camus

The Muppets Kermit plush toy on gray sofa

Always go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth.

--Albert Camus

assorted-color beach houses

I don't know whether this world has a meaning that transcends it. But I know that I cannot know that meaning and that it is impossible for me just now to know it.

--Albert Camus

mountains covered with fog

I didn't like having to explain to them, so I just shut up, smoked a cigarette, and looked at the sea.

--Albert Camus

crescent moon above mountain

For rich people, the sky is just an extra, a gift of nature. The poor, on the other hand, can see it as it is, a gift of infinite grace.

--Albert Camus

blue sky with white clouds

Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood -- never.

--Albert Camus

red white and blue flag

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

--Albert Camus

fan of 1 US dollar banknotes and coins on beige surface

Murder is terribly exhausting.

--Albert Camus

white wall paint with white wall paint

I realized people would soon forget me once I was dead. I couldn't even say that this was hard to stomach; really, there's no idea to which one doesn't get acclimatized in time.

--Albert Camus

body of water photo

Each generation doubtless feels called upon to reform the world. Mine knows that it will not reform it, but its task is perhaps even greater. It consists in preventing the world from destroying itself.

--Albert Camus

purple and white clouds during night time

Remembrance of things past is just for the rich. For the poor it only marks the faint traces on the path to death.

--Albert Camus

selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow

I am alive again, now that I can no longer stand to live.

--Albert Camus

red tulips

In the end, man is not entirely guilty -- he did not start history. Nor is he wholly innocent -- he continues it.

--Albert Camus

white rose enclosed photograph

There is a life and there is a death, and there are beauty and melancholy between.

--Albert Camus

raging waves through shores

L'absurde est la notion essentielle et la premie' re ve? rite? . The absurd is the fundamental idea and the first truth.

--Albert Camus


Blue to purple gradient

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.

--Albert Camus

shallow focus photo of green leaves

Every authentic work of art is a gift offered to the future.

--Albert Camus


pink flower

What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.

--Albert Camus

gray elephant

I draw from the Absurd three consequences: my revolt, my liberty, my passion.

--Albert Camus

yellow and white color illustration

For the existentials, negation is their God. To be precise, that god is maintained only through the negation of human reason. But, like suicides, gods change with men.

--Albert Camus

flying blue and green hummingbird

To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one's landlady.

--Albert Camus

minimalist photography of open door

Nihilism is not only despair and negation, but above all the desire to despair and to negate.

--Albert Camus

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

Every time somebody speaks of my honesty, there is someone who quivers inside me.

--Albert Camus


man and woman with dog on woods

I rebel; therefore I exist.

--Albert Camus

dome tent with galaxy with stars

Men who have greatness within them don't go in for politics.

--Albert Camus

close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

I'd have given ten conversations with Einstein for a first meeting with a pretty chorus girl.

--Albert Camus

pink and white tulips on white surface

Without giving up anything on the plane of justice, yeild nothing on the plane of freedom.

--Albert Camus

mixed paints in a plate

I hope the dogs don't bark tonight. I always think it's mine.

--Albert Camus

grey hlalway

The struggle to reach the top is itself enough to fulfill the heart of man. One must believe that Sisyphus is happy.

--Albert Camus


red flower in white background

To live is to hurt others, and through others, to hurt oneself. Cruel earth! How can we manage not to touch anything? To find what ultimate exile?

--Albert Camus



shallow focus photography of brown parquet flooring

On good days, if you trust life, life has to answer you.

--Albert Camus


brown grass field under blue sky and white clouds during daytime

To two men living the same number of years, the world always provides the same sum of experiences. It is up to us to be conscious of them.

--Albert Camus


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