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Albert Camus Quote: “Revolution, in order to be creative, cannot do without either a moral or metaphysical rule to balance the insanity of history.”

Revolution, in order to be creative, cannot do without either a moral or metaphysical rule to balance the insanity of history.

— Albert Camus



Albert Camus Quote: “The world I live in is loathsome to me, but I feel one with the men who suffer in it.”

The world I live in is loathsome to me, but I feel one with the men who suffer in it.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “In default of inexhaustible happiness, eternal suffering would at least give us a destiny. But we do not even have that consolation, and our worst agonies come to an end one day.”

In default of inexhaustible happiness, eternal suffering would at least give us a destiny. But we do not even have that consolation, and our worst agonies come to an end one day.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I continue to believe that this world has no ultimate meaning. But I know that something in it has a meaning and that is man, because he is the only creature to insist on having one.”

I continue to believe that this world has no ultimate meaning. But I know that something in it has a meaning and that is man, because he is the only creature to insist on having one.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Here lives a free man. Nobody serves him.”

Here lives a free man. Nobody serves him.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The future is the only kind of property that the masters willingly concede to the slaves.”

The future is the only kind of property that the masters willingly concede to the slaves.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “All that remains is a fate whose outcome alone is fatal. Outside of that single fatality of death, everything, joy or happiness, is liberty. A world remains of which man is the sole master. What bound him was the illusion of another world.”

All that remains is a fate whose outcome alone is fatal. Outside of that single fatality of death, everything, joy or happiness, is liberty. A world remains of which man is the sole master. What bound him was the illusion of another world.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Beginning to think is beginning to be undermined.”

Beginning to think is beginning to be undermined.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The only conception of freedom I can have is that of the prisoner or the individual in the midst of the State. The only one I know is freedom of thought and action.”

The only conception of freedom I can have is that of the prisoner or the individual in the midst of the State. The only one I know is freedom of thought and action.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Fate is not in man but around him.”

Fate is not in man but around him.

— Albert Camus



Albert Camus Quote: “The day when I am no more than a writer I shall cease to be a writer.”

The day when I am no more than a writer I shall cease to be a writer.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.”

The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “To stay or to go, it amounted to the same thing.”

To stay or to go, it amounted to the same thing.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Independence is earned by a few words of cheap confidence.”

Independence is earned by a few words of cheap confidence.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “A character is never the author who created him. It is quite likely, however, that an author may be all his characters simultaneously.”

A character is never the author who created him. It is quite likely, however, that an author may be all his characters simultaneously.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “From the evening breeze to this hand on my shoulder, everything has its truth.”

From the evening breeze to this hand on my shoulder, everything has its truth.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Somebody has to have the last word. If not, every argument could be opposed by another and we’d never be done with it.”

Somebody has to have the last word. If not, every argument could be opposed by another and we’d never be done with it.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Those who write clearly have readers.”

Those who write clearly have readers.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The truth is that nothing is less sensational than pestilence, and by reason of their very duration great misfortunes are monotonous.”

The truth is that nothing is less sensational than pestilence, and by reason of their very duration great misfortunes are monotonous.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “In the past, the poverty they shared had a certain sweetness about it. When the end of the day came and they would eat their dinner in silence with the oil lamp between them, there was a secret joy in such simplicity, such retrenchment.”

In the past, the poverty they shared had a certain sweetness about it. When the end of the day came and they would eat their dinner in silence with the oil lamp between them, there was a secret joy in such simplicity, such retrenchment.

— Albert Camus



Albert Camus Quote: “Suffering gives us no special rights.”

Suffering gives us no special rights.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The most exhausting effort in my life has been to suppress my own nature in order to make it serve my biggest plans.”

The most exhausting effort in my life has been to suppress my own nature in order to make it serve my biggest plans.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “There is nothing abstract about pain. It is specific, it is real, and, when it is intense, it is world destroying.”

There is nothing abstract about pain. It is specific, it is real, and, when it is intense, it is world destroying.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Great feelings take with them their own universe, splendid or abject.”

Great feelings take with them their own universe, splendid or abject.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I have never been able to renounce the light, the pleasure of being, and the freedom in which I grew up.”

I have never been able to renounce the light, the pleasure of being, and the freedom in which I grew up.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Believe me, religions are on the wrong track the moment they moralize and fulminate commandments. God is not needed to create guilt or to punish. Our fellow men suffice, aided by ourselves.”

Believe me, religions are on the wrong track the moment they moralize and fulminate commandments. God is not needed to create guilt or to punish. Our fellow men suffice, aided by ourselves.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “In art, rebellion is consummated and perpetuated in the act of real creation, not in criticism or commentary.”

In art, rebellion is consummated and perpetuated in the act of real creation, not in criticism or commentary.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “But it’s not easy. I’ve been thinking it over for years. While we loved each other we didn’t need words to make ourselves understood. But people don’t love forever. A time came when I should have found the words to keep her with me, only I couldn’t.”

But it’s not easy. I’ve been thinking it over for years. While we loved each other we didn’t need words to make ourselves understood. But people don’t love forever. A time came when I should have found the words to keep her with me, only I couldn’t.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Our reason has driven all away. Alone at last, we end up ruling over a desert.”

Our reason has driven all away. Alone at last, we end up ruling over a desert.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Every rebellion implies some kind of unity.”

Every rebellion implies some kind of unity.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The laws of nature may be operative up to a certain limit, beyond which they turn against themselves to give birth to the absurd.”

The laws of nature may be operative up to a certain limit, beyond which they turn against themselves to give birth to the absurd.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.”

Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Have you noticed that only death arouses our emotions? How we love thee friends who have just passed away, right? How we admire those master who no longer speak, their mouths full of dirt. We them we are not obligated.”

Have you noticed that only death arouses our emotions? How we love thee friends who have just passed away, right? How we admire those master who no longer speak, their mouths full of dirt. We them we are not obligated.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Yes, there was an element of abstraction and unreality in misfortune. But when an abstraction starts to kill you, you have to get to work on it.”

Yes, there was an element of abstraction and unreality in misfortune. But when an abstraction starts to kill you, you have to get to work on it.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The primordial sea indefatigably repeats the same words and casts up the same astonished beings on the same sea-shore.”

The primordial sea indefatigably repeats the same words and casts up the same astonished beings on the same sea-shore.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “It is terrifying to see how easily, in certain people, all dignity collapses. Yet when you think about it, this is quite normal since they only maintain this dignity by constantly striving against their own nature.”

It is terrifying to see how easily, in certain people, all dignity collapses. Yet when you think about it, this is quite normal since they only maintain this dignity by constantly striving against their own nature.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Art and revolt will die only with the last man.”

Art and revolt will die only with the last man.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Modern conquerors can kill, but do not seem to be able to create. Artists know how to create but cannot really kill. Murderers are only very exceptionally found among artists.”

Modern conquerors can kill, but do not seem to be able to create. Artists know how to create but cannot really kill. Murderers are only very exceptionally found among artists.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Cruel irony, the poor man tormented with hunger feeds those who plead his case.”

Cruel irony, the poor man tormented with hunger feeds those who plead his case.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.”

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

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Art, at least, teaches us that man cannot be explained by history alone and that he also finds a reason for his existence in the order of nature.”

Art, at least, teaches us that man cannot be explained by history alone and that he also finds a reason for his existence in the order of nature.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The absurd is essentially a divorce. It lies in neither of the elements compared; it is born of their confrontation.”

The absurd is essentially a divorce. It lies in neither of the elements compared; it is born of their confrontation.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Big tears of frustration and exhaustion were streaming down his cheeks. But because of all the wrinkles, they weren’t dripping off. They spread out and ran together again, leaving a watery film over his ruined face.”

Big tears of frustration and exhaustion were streaming down his cheeks. But because of all the wrinkles, they weren’t dripping off. They spread out and ran together again, leaving a watery film over his ruined face.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Friendship is not so simple. It is hard to get and takes a long time, but when one ha it one cannot get rid of it, one has to face it.”

Friendship is not so simple. It is hard to get and takes a long time, but when one ha it one cannot get rid of it, one has to face it.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Greatness consists in trying to be great. There is no other way.”

Greatness consists in trying to be great. There is no other way.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “He had been bored, that’s all, bored like most people. Hence he had made himself out of whole cloth a life full of complications and drama. Something must happen – and that explains most human commitments. Something must happen, even loveless slavery, even war or death. Hurray then for funerals!”

He had been bored, that’s all, bored like most people. Hence he had made himself out of whole cloth a life full of complications and drama. Something must happen – and that explains most human commitments. Something must happen, even loveless slavery, even war or death. Hurray then for funerals!

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I feel more fellowship with the defeated than with saints.”

I feel more fellowship with the defeated than with saints.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The society based on production is only productive, not creative.”

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

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “To those who despair of everything reason cannot provide a faith, but only passion, and in this case it must be the same passion that lay at the root of the despair, namely humiliation and hatred.”

To those who despair of everything reason cannot provide a faith, but only passion, and in this case it must be the same passion that lay at the root of the despair, namely humiliation and hatred.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Whoever today speaks of human existence in terms of power, efficiency, and historical tasks is an actual or potential assassin.”

Whoever today speaks of human existence in terms of power, efficiency, and historical tasks is an actual or potential assassin.

— Albert Camus

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