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Albert Camus quotes (41)
You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
Albert Camus Category: Experience
You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
Albert Camus Category: Charm
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurants revolving door.
Albert Camus Category: Greatness
In the depths of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
Albert Camus Category: Attitude
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 Category: End
The look of success when it is worn a certain way would infuriate a jackass.
Albert Camus Category: Success
Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
Albert Camus Category: Future
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus Category: Autumn
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 Category: Grandeur
Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
Albert Camus Category: Charity
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.
Albert Camus Category: Music
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
Albert Camus Category: Normal
I was absent at the moment I took up the most space.
Albert Camus Category: Absent
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.
Albert Camus Category: Condemn
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 Category: Contrary
Those who write clearly have readers those who write obscurely have commentators.
Albert Camus Category: Writing
An achievement is a bondage. It obliges one to a higher achievement.
Albert Camus Category: Achievement
I don't want to be a genius I have enough problems just trying to be a man.
Albert Camus Category: Genius
The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.
Albert Camus Category: Absurd
What is a rebel? A man who says no.
Albert Camus Category: Rebellion
Psychology is action not thinking about oneself. We continue to shape our personality all our life. To know oneself one should assert oneself.
Albert Camus Category: Psychology
Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day.
Albert Camus Category: Consequences
We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly we should die.
Albert Camus Category: Unsorted
To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.
Albert Camus Category: Concern
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 Category: Death
We are not certain we are never certain. If we were we could reach some conclusions and we could at last make others take us seriously.
Albert Camus Category: Life
At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman and these hills the softness of the sky the outline of these trees at this very minute lose the illusory meaning with which we had clothed them henceforth more remote than a lost paradise... that denseness and that strangeness of the world is absurd.
Albert Camus Category: Beauty
Integrity has no need of rules.
Albert Camus Category: Integrity
A free press can of course be good or bad but most certainly without freedom it will never be anything but bad.... Freedom is nothing else but a chance to bet better whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worse.
Albert Camus Category: Bad
Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.
Albert Camus Category: Acceptance
Without freedom no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself and dies of all others.
Albert Camus Category: Art
An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
Albert Camus Category: Intellectual
I was about to tell him he was wrong to dwell on it because it really didn't matter. But he cut me off and urged me one last time drawing himself up to his full height and asking me if I believed in God. I said no. He sat down indignantly. He said it was impossible; all men believed in God even those who turn their backs on him. That was his belief and if he were ever to doubt it his life would become meaningless. Do you want my life to be meaningless? he shouted. As far as I could see it didn't have anything to do with me and I told him so. But from across the table he had already thrust the crucifix in my face and was screaming irrationally I am a Christian. I ask Him to forgive you for sins. How can you not believe that He suffered for you? I was struck by how sincere he seemed but I had had enough. It was getting hotter and hotter. As always whenever I want to get rid of someone I'm not really listening to I made it appear as if I agreed. To my surprise he acted triumphant. You see you see! he said. You do believe don't you and you're going to place your trust in Him arent you? Obviously I again said no. He fell back in his chair.
Albert Camus Category: Suffer
Alas after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.
Albert Camus Category: Age
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and just be my friend.
Albert Camus Category: Dogma
There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
Albert Camus Category: Fate
Its a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.
Albert Camus Category: Money
Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
Albert Camus Category: Lecture
Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.
Albert Camus Category: Better
A liking for truth at any cost is a passion that spares nothing and that nothing resists. It's a vice at times a comfort or a selfishness.
Albert Camus Category: Passion
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 Category: Happiness