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Poor and free rather than rich and enslaved. Of course, men want to be both rich and free, and this is what leads them at times to be poor and enslaved.
 

Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself.
 

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
[The Present]
 

Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference.
 

Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
 

So many men are deprived of grace. How can one live without grace? One has to try it and do what Christianity never did: be concerned with the damned.
 

Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
 

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

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.
 

The absurd is born of the confrontation between the human call and the unreasonable silence of the world.
[Absurdities]
 

The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.
 

The aim of art, the aim of a life can only be to increase the sum of freedom and responsibility to be found in every man and in the world. It cannot, under any circumstances, be to reduce or suppress that freedom, even temporarily. No great work has ever been based on hatred and contempt. On the contrary, there is not a single true work of art that has not in the end added to the inner freedom of each person who has known and loved it.
 

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 evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.
 

The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.
 

The greatest saving one can make in the order of thought is to accept the unintelligibility of the world -- and to pay attention to man.
 

The important thing isn't the soundness or otherwise of the argument, but for it to make you think.
 

The innocent is the person who explains nothing.
[Innocence]
 

The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism.
 

The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm.
 


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