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Albert Camus Quote: “There is not a single true work of art that has not in the end added to the inner freedom insight and life of each person who has known and loved it.”

There is not a single true work of art that has not in the end added to the inner freedom insight and life of each person who has known and loved it.

— Albert Camus



Albert Camus Quote: “Every time I hear a political speech or I read those of our leaders, I am horrified at having, for years, heard nothing which sounded human. It is always the same words telling the same lies.”

Every time I hear a political speech or I read those of our leaders, I am horrified at having, for years, heard nothing which sounded human. It is always the same words telling the same lies.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “If the descent is thus sometimes performed in sorrow, it can also take place in joy.”

If the descent is thus sometimes performed in sorrow, it can also take place in joy.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined.”

There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “We turn our backs on nature; we are ashamed of beauty. Our wretched tragedies have a smell of the office clinging to them, and the blood that trickles from them is the color of printer’s ink.”

We turn our backs on nature; we are ashamed of beauty. Our wretched tragedies have a smell of the office clinging to them, and the blood that trickles from them is the color of printer’s ink.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “And it was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness.”

And it was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “To lose the touch of flowers and women’s hands is the supreme separation.”

To lose the touch of flowers and women’s hands is the supreme separation.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I have never been able, really, to regret anything in all my life. I have always been far much too absorbed in the present moment or the immediate future to think back.”

I have never been able, really, to regret anything in all my life. I have always been far much too absorbed in the present moment or the immediate future to think back.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “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.”

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.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Happiness too is inevitable.”

Happiness too is inevitable.

— Albert Camus



Albert Camus Quote: “We must learn how to lend ourselves to dreaming when dreams lend themselves to us.”

We must learn how to lend ourselves to dreaming when dreams lend themselves to us.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Does the end justify the means? That is possible. But what will justify the end? To that question, which historical thought leaves pending, rebellion replies: the means.”

Does the end justify the means? That is possible. But what will justify the end? To that question, which historical thought leaves pending, rebellion replies: the means.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “A man is more a man through the things he keeps to himself than through those he says.”

A man is more a man through the things he keeps to himself than through those he says.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The human heart has a tiresome tendency to label as fate only what crushes it. But happiness likewise, in its way, is without reason, since it is inevitable.”

The human heart has a tiresome tendency to label as fate only what crushes it. But happiness likewise, in its way, is without reason, since it is inevitable.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I am alive again, now that I can no longer stand to live.”

I am alive again, now that I can no longer stand to live.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “We don’t have the time to completely be ourselves. We only have the room to be happy.”

We don’t have the time to completely be ourselves. We only have the room to be happy.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “There are places where the mind dies so that a truth which is its very denial may be born.”

There are places where the mind dies so that a truth which is its very denial may be born.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “If Christianity is pessimistic as to man, it is optimistic as to human destiny. Well, I can say that, pessimistic as to human destiny, I am optimistic as to man.”

If Christianity is pessimistic as to man, it is optimistic as to human destiny. Well, I can say that, pessimistic as to human destiny, I am optimistic as to man.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I draw from the Absurd three consequences: my revolt, my liberty, my passion.”

I draw from the Absurd three consequences: my revolt, my liberty, my passion.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Each generation doubtless feels called upon to reform the world. Mine knows that it will not reform it, but its task is perhaps even greater. It consists in preventing the world from destroying itself.”

Each generation doubtless feels called upon to reform the world. Mine knows that it will not reform it, but its task is perhaps even greater. It consists in preventing the world from destroying itself.

— Albert Camus



Albert Camus Quote: “One plays at being immortal and after a few weeks one doesn’t even know whether or not one can hang on till the next day.”

One plays at being immortal and after a few weeks one doesn’t even know whether or not one can hang on till the next day.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.”

It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Likewise and during every day of an unillustrious life, time carries us. But a moment always comes when we have to carry it.”

Likewise and during every day of an unillustrious life, time carries us. But a moment always comes when we have to carry it.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I have always thought it would be easier to redeem a man steeped in vice and crime than a greedy, narrow-minded, pitiless merchant.”

I have always thought it would be easier to redeem a man steeped in vice and crime than a greedy, narrow-minded, pitiless merchant.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “When one has extensively pondered about men, as a career or as a vocation, one sometimes feels nostalgic for primates. At least they do not have ulterior motives.”

When one has extensively pondered about men, as a career or as a vocation, one sometimes feels nostalgic for primates. At least they do not have ulterior motives.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Everyone would like to behave like a pagan, with everyone else behaving like a Christian.”

Everyone would like to behave like a pagan, with everyone else behaving like a Christian.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.”

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

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.”

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

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “There is only one class of men, the privileged class.”

There is only one class of men, the privileged class.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Absolute freedom mocks at justice. Absolute justice denies freedom.”

Absolute freedom mocks at justice. Absolute justice denies freedom.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “What made me run away was doubtless not so much the fear of settling down, but of settling down permanently in something ugly.”

What made me run away was doubtless not so much the fear of settling down, but of settling down permanently in something ugly.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “One grows out of pity when it’s useless.”

One grows out of pity when it’s useless.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Of course, true love is exceptional – two or three times a century, more or less. The rest of the time there is vanity or boredom.”

Of course, true love is exceptional – two or three times a century, more or less. The rest of the time there is vanity or boredom.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “But all the long speeches, all the interminable days and hours that people had spent talking about my soul, had left me with the impression of a colorless swirling river that was making me dizzy.”

But all the long speeches, all the interminable days and hours that people had spent talking about my soul, had left me with the impression of a colorless swirling river that was making me dizzy.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “There are more things to admire in men then to despise.”

There are more things to admire in men then to despise.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “In short, they were gambling on their luck, and luck is not to be coerced.”

In short, they were gambling on their luck, and luck is not to be coerced.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood – never.”

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

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Man cannot do without beauty, and this is what our era pretends to want to disregard.”

Man cannot do without beauty, and this is what our era pretends to want to disregard.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “This divorce between man and his life, the actor and his setting, is properly the feeling of absurdity.”

This divorce between man and his life, the actor and his setting, is properly the feeling of absurdity.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Something must happen; that is the reason for most human relationships. Something must happen; even servitude in love, in war, ordeath.”

Something must happen; that is the reason for most human relationships. Something must happen; even servitude in love, in war, ordeath.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “My dear friend, we mustn’t give them even the slightest excuse to judge us! Otherwise, we end up in pieces.”

My dear friend, we mustn’t give them even the slightest excuse to judge us! Otherwise, we end up in pieces.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Liberty is the right not to lie.”

Liberty is the right not to lie.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Only the sea, murmurous behind the dingy checkerboard of houses, told of the unrest, the precariousness, of all things in this world.”

Only the sea, murmurous behind the dingy checkerboard of houses, told of the unrest, the precariousness, of all things in this world.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Still, obviously, one can’t be sensible all the time.”

Still, obviously, one can’t be sensible all the time.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I am too much in love with my lies and hypocrisies not to confess them fervently.”

I am too much in love with my lies and hypocrisies not to confess them fervently.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Any country where I am not bored is a country that teaches me nothing.”

Any country where I am not bored is a country that teaches me nothing.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Old women even forget how to love their sons. The heart gets worn out, Monsieur.”

Old women even forget how to love their sons. The heart gets worn out, Monsieur.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “This absurd, godless world is, then, peopled with men who think clearly and have ceased to hope. And I have not yet spoken of the most absurd character, who is the creator.”

This absurd, godless world is, then, peopled with men who think clearly and have ceased to hope. And I have not yet spoken of the most absurd character, who is the creator.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Art does not tolerate reason.”

Art does not tolerate reason.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.”

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

— Albert Camus

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