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Albert Camus Quotes

(1913-1960), French Existential Writer

Human relationships always help us to carry on because they always presuppose further developments, a future --and also because we live as if our only task was precisely to have relationships with other people.

Category: Relationships

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

Category: Respectability

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

Category: Responsibility

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

Category: Revolutions And Revolutionaries

More and more, revolution has found itself delivered into the hands of its bureaucrats and doctrinaires on the one hand, and to the enfeebled and bewildered masses on the other.

Category: Revolutions And Revolutionaries

Revolution, in order to be creative, cannot do without either a moral or metaphysical rule to balance the insanity of history.

Category: Revolutions And Revolutionaries

As usual I finish the day before the sea, sumptuous this evening beneath the moon, which writes Arab symbols with phosphorescent streaks on the slow swells. There is no end to the sky and the waters. How well they accompany sadness!

Category: Sea

To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself. We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.

Category: Self-knowledge

If there is sin against life, it consists… in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.

Category: Sin

Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.

Category: Solitude

The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.

Category: Struggle

In default of inexhaustible happiness, eternal suffering would at least give us a destiny. But we do not even have that consolation, and our worst agonies come to an end one day.

Category: Suffering

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest -- whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories -- comes afterwards. These are games; one must first answer.

Category: Suicide

The society of merchants can be defined as a society in which things disappear in favor of signs. When a ruling class measures its fortunes, not by the acre of land or the ingot of gold, but by the number of figures corresponding ideally to a certain number of exchange operations, it thereby condemns itself to setting a certain kind of humbug at the center of its experience and its universe. A society founded on signs is, in its essence, an artificial society in which man's carnal truth is handled as something artificial.

Category: Symbols

To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well.

Category: Theory