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Albert Camus

  • French philosopher
  • Born November 7, 1913
  • Died January 4, 1960

Albert Camus (; French: [albɛʁ kamy] (listen); 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 at the age of 44 in 1957, the second youngest recipient in history.Camus did not consider himself to be an existentialist despite usually being classified as a follower of it, even in his lifetime.


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.




Integrity has no need of rules.




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




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




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




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




Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.




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




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




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.




There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.




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

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




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.




Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.




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.




The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.




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




Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.




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.




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.




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




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




Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that's what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.




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




A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.




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

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




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




Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death.




In order to speak about all and to all, one has to speak of what all know and of the reality common to us all. The sea, rains, necessity, desire, the struggle against death... these are things that unite us all.




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.




All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State.




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




There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.




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

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




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.




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.



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