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Albert Camus Quote: “I make myself strict rules in order to correct my nature. But it is my nature that i finally obey.”

I make myself strict rules in order to correct my nature. But it is my nature that i finally obey.

— Albert Camus



Albert Camus Quote: “Yes, and when the love of life disappears, no meaning can console us.”

Yes, and when the love of life disappears, no meaning can console us.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “In fact, other people create for lack of power. I, on the other hand, do not need a work: I live.”

In fact, other people create for lack of power. I, on the other hand, do not need a work: I live.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “It is not true that the heart wears out – but the body creates this illusion.”

It is not true that the heart wears out – but the body creates this illusion.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Without work all life goes rotten.”

Without work all life goes rotten.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The absurd depends as much on man as on the world. For the moment, it is all that links them together.”

The absurd depends as much on man as on the world. For the moment, it is all that links them together.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “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.”

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.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “It is a well-known fact that we always recognize our homeland when we are about to lose it.”

It is a well-known fact that we always recognize our homeland when we are about to lose it.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “No matter how the sun shone, the sea held forth no more promises.”

No matter how the sun shone, the sea held forth no more promises.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I realized people would soon forget me once I was dead. I couldn’t even say that this was hard to stomach; really, there’s no idea to which one doesn’t get acclimatized in time.”

I realized people would soon forget me once I was dead. I couldn’t even say that this was hard to stomach; really, there’s no idea to which one doesn’t get acclimatized in time.

— Albert Camus



Albert Camus Quote: “No, Father, I’ve a very different idea of love. And until my dying day I shall refuse to love a scheme of things in which children are put to torture.”

No, Father, I’ve a very different idea of love. And until my dying day I shall refuse to love a scheme of things in which children are put to torture.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “It is better to burn than to disappear.”

It is better to burn than to disappear.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “No doubt our love was still there, but quite simply it was unusable, heavy to carry, inert inside of us, sterile as crime or condemnation. It was no longer anything except a patience with no future and a stubborn wait.”

No doubt our love was still there, but quite simply it was unusable, heavy to carry, inert inside of us, sterile as crime or condemnation. It was no longer anything except a patience with no future and a stubborn wait.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I had the whole sky in my eyes and it was blue and gold.”

I had the whole sky in my eyes and it was blue and gold.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “When love ceases to be tragic it is something else and the individual again throws himself in search of tragedy.”

When love ceases to be tragic it is something else and the individual again throws himself in search of tragedy.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “In our society, any man who doesn’t cry at his mother’s funeral is liable to be condemned to death.”

In our society, any man who doesn’t cry at his mother’s funeral is liable to be condemned to death.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The mind’s deepest desire, even in its most elaborate operations, parallels man’s unconscious feeling in the face of his universe: it is an insistence upon familiarity, an appetite for clarity.”

The mind’s deepest desire, even in its most elaborate operations, parallels man’s unconscious feeling in the face of his universe: it is an insistence upon familiarity, an appetite for clarity.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Men and women consume one another rapidly in what is called “the act of love,” or else settle down to a mild habit of conjugality. We seldom find a mean between these two extremes.”

Men and women consume one another rapidly in what is called “the act of love,” or else settle down to a mild habit of conjugality. We seldom find a mean between these two extremes.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Lying is not only saying what isn’t true. It is also, in fact especially, saying more than is true and, in the case of the human heart, saying more than one feels. We all do it, every day, to make life simpler.”

Lying is not only saying what isn’t true. It is also, in fact especially, saying more than is true and, in the case of the human heart, saying more than one feels. We all do it, every day, to make life simpler.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “To live is to hurt others, and through others, to hurt oneself. Cruel earth! How can we manage not to touch anything? To find what ultimate exile?”

To live is to hurt others, and through others, to hurt oneself. Cruel earth! How can we manage not to touch anything? To find what ultimate exile?

— Albert Camus



Albert Camus Quote: “There is no longer a single idea explaining everything, but an infinite number of essences giving a meaning to an infinite number of objects. The world comes to a stop, but also lights up.”

There is no longer a single idea explaining everything, but an infinite number of essences giving a meaning to an infinite number of objects. The world comes to a stop, but also lights up.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “If there is a soul, it is a mistake to believe that it is given to us fully created. It is created here, throughout a whole life. And living is nothing else but that long and painful bringing forth.”

If there is a soul, it is a mistake to believe that it is given to us fully created. It is created here, throughout a whole life. And living is nothing else but that long and painful bringing forth.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again. For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate.”

I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again. For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Maman used to say that you can always find something to be happy about.”

Maman used to say that you can always find something to be happy about.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Death means nothing to men like me. It’s the event that proves them right.”

Death means nothing to men like me. It’s the event that proves them right.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “People believe a man is in distress because his loved one dies in one day. But his real pain is less futile: it is that he finds out that sadness too does not last. Even pain has no meaning.”

People believe a man is in distress because his loved one dies in one day. But his real pain is less futile: it is that he finds out that sadness too does not last. Even pain has no meaning.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “To feel absolutely right is the beginning of the end.”

To feel absolutely right is the beginning of the end.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Those who love, friends and lovers, know that love is not only a blinding flash, but also a long and painful struggle in the darkness for the realization of definitive recognition and reconciliation.”

Those who love, friends and lovers, know that love is not only a blinding flash, but also a long and painful struggle in the darkness for the realization of definitive recognition and reconciliation.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I love life – that’s my real weakness. I love it so much that I am incapable of imagining what is not life.”

I love life – that’s my real weakness. I love it so much that I am incapable of imagining what is not life.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I have always felt I lived on the high seas, threatened, at the heart of a royal happiness.”

I have always felt I lived on the high seas, threatened, at the heart of a royal happiness.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I’d have given ten conversations with Einstein for a first meeting with a pretty chorus girl.”

I’d have given ten conversations with Einstein for a first meeting with a pretty chorus girl.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Perhaps we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which children are tortured. But we can reduce the number of tortured children.”

Perhaps we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which children are tortured. But we can reduce the number of tortured children.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.”

Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “On my way out I was even going to shake his hand, but I remembered just in time that I’d killed a man.”

On my way out I was even going to shake his hand, but I remembered just in time that I’d killed a man.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “I explained to him, however, that my nature was such that my physical needs often got in the way of my feelings.”

I explained to him, however, that my nature was such that my physical needs often got in the way of my feelings.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “At that time, I often thought that if I had had to live in the trunk of a dead tree, with nothing to do but look up at the sky flowing overhead, little by little I would have gotten used to it.”

At that time, I often thought that if I had had to live in the trunk of a dead tree, with nothing to do but look up at the sky flowing overhead, little by little I would have gotten used to it.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “And so I learned that familiar paths traced in the dusk of summer evenings may lead as well to prison as to innocent untroubled sleep.”

And so I learned that familiar paths traced in the dusk of summer evenings may lead as well to prison as to innocent untroubled sleep.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Thus I draw from the absurd three consequences, which are my revolt, my freedom, and my passion. By the mere activity of consciousness I transform into a rule of life what was an invitation to death – and I refuse suicide.”

Thus I draw from the absurd three consequences, which are my revolt, my freedom, and my passion. By the mere activity of consciousness I transform into a rule of life what was an invitation to death – and I refuse suicide.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “People have played on words and pretended to believe that refusing to grant a meaning to life necessarily leads to declaring that it is not worth living. In truth, there is no necessary common measure between these two judgments.”

People have played on words and pretended to believe that refusing to grant a meaning to life necessarily leads to declaring that it is not worth living. In truth, there is no necessary common measure between these two judgments.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “Youth is above all a collection of possibilities.”

Youth is above all a collection of possibilities.

— 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: “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: “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: “Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.”

Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “He seemed so certain about everything, didn’t he? And yet none of his certainties was worth one hair of a woman’s head. He wasn’t even sure he was alive, because he was living like a dead man.”

He seemed so certain about everything, didn’t he? And yet none of his certainties was worth one hair of a woman’s head. He wasn’t even sure he was alive, because he was living like a dead man.

— Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quote: “The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.”

The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.

— 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: “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: “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: “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

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