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Albert Camus Quotes

(1913-1960), French Existential Writer

Whereas the Greeks gave to will the boundaries of reason, we have come to put the will's impulse in the very center of reason, which has, as a result, become deadly.

Category: Free Will

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.

Category: Freedom

The only conception of freedom I can have is that of the prisoner or the individual in the midst of the State. The only one I know is freedom of thought and action.

Category: Freedom

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. But without freedom, no socialism either, except the socialism of the gallows.

Category: Freedom

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.

Category: Friends And Friendship

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.

Category: Futility

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

Category: Giving

By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.

Category: Government

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.

Category: Greatness

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a person and life they lead.

Category: Happiness

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

Category: Happiness

When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter.

Category: Happiness

In our wildest aberrations we dream of an equilibrium we have left behind and which we naively expect to find at the end of our errors. Childish presumption which justifies the fact that child-nations, inheriting our follies, are now directing our history.

Category: History And Historians

Instead of killing and dying in order to produce the being that we are not, we have to live and let live in order to create what we are.

Category: Ideals And Idealism

Methods of thought which claim to give the lead to our world in the name of revolution have become, in reality, ideologies of consent and not of rebellion.

Category: Ideology