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Albert Camus Quote: “Every authentic work of art is a gift offered to the future.”

Every authentic work of art is a gift offered to the future.

— Albert Camus



Albert Camus Quote: “Artistic creation is a demand for unity and a rejection of the world.”

Artistic creation is a demand for unity and a rejection of the world.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Conscious of not being able to separate myself from my time, I have decided to become part of it.”

Conscious of not being able to separate myself from my time, I have decided to become part of it.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “If the only significant history of human thought were to be written, it would have to be the history of its successive regrets and its impotences.”

If the only significant history of human thought were to be written, it would have to be the history of its successive regrets and its impotences.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “To govern means to pillage, as everyone knows.”

To govern means to pillage, as everyone knows.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Accept life, take it as it is? Stupid. The means of doing otherwise? Far from our having to take it, it is life that possesses us and on occasion shuts our mouths.”

Accept life, take it as it is? Stupid. The means of doing otherwise? Far from our having to take it, it is life that possesses us and on occasion shuts our mouths.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “It’s not the struggle that makes us artists, but Art that makes us struggle.”

It’s not the struggle that makes us artists, but Art that makes us struggle.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Every man, and for stronger reasons, every artist, wants to be recognized. So do I.”

Every man, and for stronger reasons, every artist, wants to be recognized. So do I.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “In the end, we would like not to be guilty while at the same time being dispensed of the effort of purifying ourselves. Not enough cynicism and not enough virtue.”

In the end, we would like not to be guilty while at the same time being dispensed of the effort of purifying ourselves. Not enough cynicism and not enough virtue.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “After all perhaps the greatness of art lies in the perpetual tension between beauty and pain, the love of men and the madness of creation, unbearable solitude and the exhausting crowd, rejection and consent.”

After all perhaps the greatness of art lies in the perpetual tension between beauty and pain, the love of men and the madness of creation, unbearable solitude and the exhausting crowd, rejection and consent.

— Albert Camus



Albert Camus Quote: “A novel is never anything but a philosophy expressed in images. And in a good novel the philosophy has disappeared into the images.”

A novel is never anything but a philosophy expressed in images. And in a good novel the philosophy has disappeared into the images.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I had only a little time left and I didn’t want to waste it on God.”

I had only a little time left and I didn’t want to waste it on God.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “There are means that cannot be excused. And I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. I don’t want just any greatness for it, particularly a greatness born of blood and falsehood. I want to keep it alive by keeping justice alive.”

There are means that cannot be excused. And I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. I don’t want just any greatness for it, particularly a greatness born of blood and falsehood. I want to keep it alive by keeping justice alive.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “You will never be able to experience everything. So, please, do poetical justice to your soul and simply experience yourself.”

You will never be able to experience everything. So, please, do poetical justice to your soul and simply experience yourself.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The French Revolution gave birth to no artists but only to a great journalist, Desmoulins, and to an under-the-counter writer, Sade. The only poet of the times was the guillotine.”

The French Revolution gave birth to no artists but only to a great journalist, Desmoulins, and to an under-the-counter writer, Sade. The only poet of the times was the guillotine.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I hope the dogs don’t bark tonight. I always think it’s mine.”

I hope the dogs don’t bark tonight. I always think it’s mine.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Those who prefer their principles over their happiness, they refuse to be happy outside the conditions they seem to have attached to their happiness.”

Those who prefer their principles over their happiness, they refuse to be happy outside the conditions they seem to have attached to their happiness.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I would like to be able to breathe – to be able to love her by memory or fidelity. But my heart aches. I love you continuously, intensely.”

I would like to be able to breathe – to be able to love her by memory or fidelity. But my heart aches. I love you continuously, intensely.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Absolute virtue is impossible and the republic of forgiveness leads, with implacable logic, to the republic of the guillotine.”

Absolute virtue is impossible and the republic of forgiveness leads, with implacable logic, to the republic of the guillotine.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “To live is in itself a value judgment. To breathe is to judge.”

To live is in itself a value judgment. To breathe is to judge.

— Albert Camus



Albert Camus Quote: “I like people who dream or talk to themselves interminably; I like them, for they are double. They are here and elsewhere.”

I like people who dream or talk to themselves interminably; I like them, for they are double. They are here and elsewhere.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “There is a terrible emptiness in me, an indifference that hurts.”

There is a terrible emptiness in me, an indifference that hurts.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “To abandon oneself to principles is really to die – and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.”

To abandon oneself to principles is really to die – and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I do not want to believe that death is the gateway to another life. For me, it is a closed door. I do not say it is a step we must all take, but that it is a horrible and dirty adventure.”

I do not want to believe that death is the gateway to another life. For me, it is a closed door. I do not say it is a step we must all take, but that it is a horrible and dirty adventure.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Wandering seemed no more than the happiness of an anxious man.”

Wandering seemed no more than the happiness of an anxious man.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “All healthy men have thought of their own suicide.”

All healthy men have thought of their own suicide.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The innocent is the person who explains nothing.”

The innocent is the person who explains nothing.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The temptation shared by all forms of intelligence: cynicism.”

The temptation shared by all forms of intelligence: cynicism.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I cling like a miser to the freedom that disappears as soon as there is an excess of things.”

I cling like a miser to the freedom that disappears as soon as there is an excess of things.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “A lot of jobs don’t allow you to be who you are. There is dignity in work only when it is work freely accepted.”

A lot of jobs don’t allow you to be who you are. There is dignity in work only when it is work freely accepted.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Then we understand that rebellion cannot exist without a strange form of love. Those who find no rest in God or in history are condemned to live for those who, like themselves, cannot live; in fact, for the humiliated.”

Then we understand that rebellion cannot exist without a strange form of love. Those who find no rest in God or in history are condemned to live for those who, like themselves, cannot live; in fact, for the humiliated.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “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.”

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.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “No code of ethics and no effort are justifiable a priori in the face of the cruel mathematics that command our condition.”

No code of ethics and no effort are justifiable a priori in the face of the cruel mathematics that command our condition.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “In Oran, as elsewhere, for want of time and thought, people have to love one another without knowing it.”

In Oran, as elsewhere, for want of time and thought, people have to love one another without knowing it.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “It is necessary to fall in love – the better to provide an alibi for all the despair we are going to feel anyway.”

It is necessary to fall in love – the better to provide an alibi for all the despair we are going to feel anyway.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “If man is reduced to being nothing but a character in history, he has no other choice but to subside into the sound and fury of acompletely irrational history or to endow history with the form of human reason.”

If man is reduced to being nothing but a character in history, he has no other choice but to subside into the sound and fury of acompletely irrational history or to endow history with the form of human reason.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “People don’t love each other at our age, Marthe – they please each other, that’s all. Later on, when you’re old and impotent, you can love someone. At our age, you just think you do. That’s all it is.”

People don’t love each other at our age, Marthe – they please each other, that’s all. Later on, when you’re old and impotent, you can love someone. At our age, you just think you do. That’s all it is.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.”

Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I have no idea what’s awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.”

I have no idea what’s awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Without giving up anything on the plane of justice, yeild nothing on the plane of freedom.”

Without giving up anything on the plane of justice, yeild nothing on the plane of freedom.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “We are not so mad as to think that we shall create a world in which murder will not occur. We are fighting for a world in which murder will no longer be legal.”

We are not so mad as to think that we shall create a world in which murder will not occur. We are fighting for a world in which murder will no longer be legal.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Yes, I’m happy, in human terms.”

Yes, I’m happy, in human terms.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn’t capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.”

I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn’t capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “But, you know, I feel more fellowship with the defeated than with saints. Heroism and sanctity don’t really appeal to me, I imagine. What interests me is being a man.”

But, you know, I feel more fellowship with the defeated than with saints. Heroism and sanctity don’t really appeal to me, I imagine. What interests me is being a man.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I was assailed by memories of a life that wasn’t mine anymore, but one in which I’d found the simplest and most lasting joys.”

I was assailed by memories of a life that wasn’t mine anymore, but one in which I’d found the simplest and most lasting joys.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The more I accuse myself, the more right I have to judge you. Even better, I make you judge yourself, which comforts me the more.”

The more I accuse myself, the more right I have to judge you. Even better, I make you judge yourself, which comforts me the more.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “For who would dare to assert that eternal happiness can compensate for a single moment’s human suffering.”

For who would dare to assert that eternal happiness can compensate for a single moment’s human suffering.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “My chief occupation, despite appearances, has always been love.”

My chief occupation, despite appearances, has always been love.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Happiness is not everything and men have their duties. Mine is to find my mother, a homeland.”

Happiness is not everything and men have their duties. Mine is to find my mother, a homeland.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “It’s a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.”

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

— Albert Camus

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