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Albert Camus

  • Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.

  • If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another, and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.

  • Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

  • If, after all, man cannot always make history have a meaning, they can always act so that their own lives have one.

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

  • But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads.

  • This is the century of fear.

  • He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.

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

  • The struggle to the top is in itself enough to fulfill the human heart. Sisyphus should be regarded as happy.

  • A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.

  • Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better, whereas enslavement is a certainly of the worst.

  • Life is the sum of all your choices.

  • 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.

  • We are not certain, we are never certain.

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

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

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

  • Don't wait for the last judgement. It takes place every day.

  • A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.

  • An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.

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

  • To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.

  • An intense feeling carries with it its own universe, magnificent or wretched as the case may be.

  • I know myself too well to believe in pure virtue.

  • Politics, and the face of mankind, are shaped by men without ideals and without greatness.

  • As remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays it is the only desert within our reach.

  • The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown. He must dominate in his turn.

  • There is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless.

  • Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself.

  • There is dignity in work only when it is work freely accepted.

  • To know oneself, one should assert oneself.

  • At thirty a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities... And above all, accept these things.

  • Every minute of life carries with it its miraculous value, and its face of eternal youth.

  • The innocent is the person who explains nothing.

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