Albert Camus

Albert Camus

Albert Camus (7 November 1913 – 4 January 1960) was a French philosopher, author, and journalist. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay The Rebel that his whole life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into individual freedom. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957.

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

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

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

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

Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.

Real nobility is based on scorn courage and profound indifference.

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.

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.

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

The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Integrity has no need of rules.

We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death the body maintains its irreparable lead.

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

Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question.

What the world requires of the Christians is that they should continue to be Christians.

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