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Albert Camus Quotes


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Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.
 

Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.
 

Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.
 

To abandon oneself to principles is really to die - and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
 

To assert in any case that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no-one in his right mind will believe this today.
 

To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one's landlady.
 

To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.
[Happiness]
 

To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything.
 

To have time was at once the most magnificent and the most dangerous of experiments. Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.
 

To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well.
 

To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
[Self Knowledge]
 

To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.
[Writers And Writing]
 

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
 

Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.
[Art]
 

Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
 

Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil.
 

We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love - first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.
[Love]
 

We are all special cases.
 

We are not certain, we are never certain.
 

We call first truths those we discover after all the others.
[Truth]
 


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