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Albert Camus
November 7, 1913 - January 4, 1960
Nationality: French
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: French Philosopher

Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.


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


We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.


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.


Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.


We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives... inside ourselves.


To assert in any case that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no-one in his right mind will believe this today.


The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.


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


We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.


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