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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 absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.”

The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.

— Albert Camus


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

Suffering gives us no special rights.

— 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: “Fate is not in man but around him.”

Fate is not in man but around him.

— 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: “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: “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: “This is the century of fear.”

This is the century of fear.

— 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: “Beginning to think is beginning to be undermined.”

Beginning to think is beginning to be undermined.

— 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: “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: “Every rebellion implies some kind of unity.”

Every rebellion implies some kind of unity.

— 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: “Obstinacy alone is not a virtue.”

Obstinacy alone is not a virtue.

— 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: “To two men living the same number of years, the world always provides the same sum of experiences. It is up to us to be conscious of them.”

To two men living the same number of years, the world always provides the same sum of experiences. It is up to us to be conscious of them.

— 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: “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: “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, 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “The ancients, even though they believed in destiny, believed primarily in nature, in which they participated wholeheartedly. To rebel against nature amounted to rebelling against oneself. It was butting one’s head against a wall.”

The ancients, even though they believed in destiny, believed primarily in nature, in which they participated wholeheartedly. To rebel against nature amounted to rebelling against oneself. It was butting one’s head against a wall.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.”

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.

— 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: “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: “The artist forges himself to the others, midway between the beauty he cannot do without and the community he cannot tear himself away from. That is why true artists scorn nothing: they are obliged to understand rather than to judge.”

The artist forges himself to the others, midway between the beauty he cannot do without and the community he cannot tear himself away from. That is why true artists scorn nothing: they are obliged to understand rather than to judge.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “There are always reasons for murdering a man. But there is no justification for his existence.”

There are always reasons for murdering a man. But there is no justification for his existence.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “True debauchery is liberating because it creates no obligations. In it you possess only yourself, hence it remains the favorite pastime of the great lovers of their own person.”

True debauchery is liberating because it creates no obligations. In it you possess only yourself, hence it remains the favorite pastime of the great lovers of their own person.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Children will still die unjustly even in a perfect society. Even by his greatest effort, man can only propose to diminish, arithmetically, the sufferings of the world.”

Children will still die unjustly even in a perfect society. Even by his greatest effort, man can only propose to diminish, arithmetically, the sufferings of the world.

— 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


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: “O light! This the cry of all the characters of ancient drama brought face to face with their fate. This last resort was ours, too, and I knew it now. In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.”

O light! This the cry of all the characters of ancient drama brought face to face with their fate. This last resort was ours, too, and I knew it now. In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.

— 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: “They came to know the incorrigible sorrow of all prisoners and exiles, which is to live in company with a memory that serves no purpose.”

They came to know the incorrigible sorrow of all prisoners and exiles, which is to live in company with a memory that serves no purpose.

— 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: “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: “A living man can be enslaved and reduced to the historic condition of an object. But if he dies in refusing to be enslaved, he reaffirms the existence of another kind of human nature which refuses to be classified as an object.”

A living man can be enslaved and reduced to the historic condition of an object. But if he dies in refusing to be enslaved, he reaffirms the existence of another kind of human nature which refuses to be classified as an object.

— 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: “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: “In the world there is, parallel to the force of death and constraint, an enormous force of persuasion that is called culture.”

In the world there is, parallel to the force of death and constraint, an enormous force of persuasion that is called culture.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I have a very old and very faithful attachment for dogs. I like them because they always forgive.”

I have a very old and very faithful attachment for dogs. I like them because they always forgive.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky.”

Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky.

— Albert Camus

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