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Albert Camus Quotes


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Every minute of life carries with it its miraculous value, and its face of eter1nal youth.
[One Day]
 

Every rebellion implies some kind of unity.
 

Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic.
 

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

Fate is not in man but around him.
 

For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium.
 

For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.
[Against]
 

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.
[Opportunities]
 

God is not needed to create guilt or to punish. Our fellow men suffice, aided by ourselves.
 

Happiness implied a choice, and within that choice a concerted will, a lucid desire.
 

Having money is a way of being free of money.
 

He marveled at the strange blindness by which men, though they are so alert to what changes in themselves, impose on their friends an image chosen for them once and for all.
 

He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hope for the human condition is a fool.
[Life]
 

How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
 

How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!
 

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 know myself too well to believe in pure virtue.
[Virtue]
 

I know of only one duty, and that is to love.
 

I see many people die because they judge that life is not worth living. I see others paradoxically gettin killed for the ideas or illusions that give them a reason for living (what is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying). I therefore conclude that the meaning of life is the most urgent of questions.
 

I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day.
[Action]
 


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