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Albert Camus Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Albert Camus.

The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

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Life is a sum of all your choices.
- Albert Camus

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
- Albert Camus

What is happiness except the simple harmony
between a man and the life he leads?
- Albert Camus

 

Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.
- Albert Camus

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

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

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You cannot create experience.
You must undergo it.
- Albert Camus

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

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
- Albert Camus

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

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
- Albert Camus

A guilty conscience needs to confess.
A work of art is a confession.
- Albert Camus

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
- Albert Camus

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.
- Albert Camus

Blessed are the hearts that can bend;
they shall never be broken.
- Albert Camus

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

The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.
- Albert Camus

Integrity has no need of rules.
- Albert Camus

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

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

Those who write clearly have readers,
those who write obscurely have commentators.
- Albert Camus

There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
- Albert Camus

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

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

One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.
- Albert Camus

Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.
- Albert Camus

I know of only one duty, and that is to love.
- Albert Camus

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

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.
- Albert Camus

The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.
- Albert Camus

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
- Albert Camus

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.
- Albert Camus

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

What is a rebel? A man who says no.
- Albert Camus

Without work, all life goes rotten.
But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
- Albert Camus

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

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

We rarely confide in those who are better than we are.
- Albert Camus

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

We are all special cases.
- Albert Camus

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

Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today,
could justify non-violence.
- Albert Camus

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

A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
- Albert Camus

To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
- Albert Camus

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous
energy merely to be normal.
- Albert Camus

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.
- Albert Camus

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.
- Albert Camus

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself,
and dies of all others.
- Albert Camus

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

At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.
- Albert Camus

To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.
- Albert Camus

Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair,
offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity
that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.
- Albert Camus

We turn toward God only to obtain the impossible.
- Albert Camus

In order to exist just once in the world,
it is necessary never again to exist.
- Albert Camus

How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!
- Albert Camus

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

The society based on production is only productive,
not creative.
- Albert Camus

To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one's landlady.
- Albert Camus

It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.
- Albert Camus

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

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.
- Albert Camus

The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.
- Albert Camus

Real nobility is based on scorn, courage,
and profound indifference.
- Albert Camus

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

Some people talk in their sleep.
Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
- Albert Camus

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

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

We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love -
first to their advantage,
then to their disadvantage.
- Albert Camus

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


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