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

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.


The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves.


Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence.


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.


Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.


In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.


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


All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State.


At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures - be what he is. And, above all, accept these things.


We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love - first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.


After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk of the most dreadful of deaths, whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion.


You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade.


There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.


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


A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.


Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.


The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism.


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