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Albert Camus Quotes


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The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.
 

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

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
 

The opposite of an idealist is too often a man without love.
 

The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.
 

The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown. He must dominate in his turn.
 

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

The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.
[Adversity]
 

The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.
 

The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody.
 

There always comes a time in history when the person who dares to say that 2+2=4 is punished by death. And the issue is not what reward or what punishment will be the outcome of that reasoning. The issue is simply whether or not 2+2=4.
 

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

There is always a philosophy for lack of courage.
 

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.
 

There is dignity in work only when it is work freely accepted.
[Work]
 

There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
 

There is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.
[Work]
 

There is the good and the bad, the great and the low, the just and the unjust. I swear to you that all that will never change.
[Change]
 

There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.
 

This is the century of fear.
[Fear]
 


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