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

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


We turn toward God only to obtain the impossible.


To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one's landlady.


Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood - never.


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


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

    Topics: Art

Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.


Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves.


Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.


There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.


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


Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil.


The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.


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.


Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.


Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.


Abstract Art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.

    Topics: Art

It's a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.


Don't wait for the last judgment - it takes place every day.


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.


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