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

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

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

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

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.

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

You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.

How hard how bitter it is to become a man!

We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly we should die.

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

We turn toward God only to obtain the impossible.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

It is not your paintings I like it is your painting.

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

Without culture and the relative freedom it implies society even when perfect is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.

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