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Albert Camus Quotes

(1913-1960), French Existential Writer

A sub-clerk in the post-office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them.

Category: Consciousness

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.

Category: Crime And Criminals

Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.

Category: Culture

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.

Category: Culture

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

Category: Death And Dying

Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.

Category: Death And Dying

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

Category: Death And Dying

To those who despair of everything reason cannot provide a faith, but only passion, and in this case it must be the same passion that lay at the root of the despair, namely humiliation and hatred.

Category: Despair

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.

Category: Discontent

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

Category: Dissatisfaction

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

Category: Existence

You can't create experience. You must undergo it.

Category: Experience

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

Category: Faces

We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes, and our ravages. But our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to fight them in ourselves and in others.

Category: Fallibility

Absolute virtue is impossible and the republic of forgiveness leads, with implacable logic, to the republic of the guillotine.

Category: Forgiveness