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

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

Man wants to live but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions.

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

There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.

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

To know oneself one should assert oneself.

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... inside ourselves.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

We are all special cases.

Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves.

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.

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

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