Albert Camus Quotes | Quotes by Albert Camus

1All men have a sweetness in their life. That is what helps them go on. It is towards that they turn when they feel too worn out.

2Once in the midst of a seemingly endless winter, I discovered within myself an invincible spring.

3To cut short this question of the law of retaliation, we must note that even in its primitive form it can operate only between two individuals of whom one is absolutely innocent and the other absolutely guilty. The victim, to be sure, is innocent. But can the society that is supposed to represent the victim lay claim to innocence?

4It was as if that great rush of anger had washed me clean, emptied me of hope, and, gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe. To feel it so like myself, indeed, so brotherly, made me realize that I'd been happy, and that I was happy still. For all to be accomplished, for me to feel less lonely, all that remained to hope was that on the day of my execution there should be a huge crowd of spectators and that they should greet me with howls of execration.

5Their guilt made me eloquent because I was not its victim.

6We are not so mad as to think that we shall create a world in which murder will not occur. We are fighting for a world in which murder will no longer be legal.

7Every artist preserves deep within him a single source from which, throughout his lifetime, he draws what he is, and what he says. When the source dries up, the work withers and crumbles.

8As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.

9We must admit that today conformity is on the Left. To be sure, the Right is not brilliant. But the Left is in complete decadence, a prisoner of words, caught in its own vocabulary, capable merely of stereotyped replies, constantly at a loss when faced with truth, from which it nevertheless claimed to derive its laws. The Left is schizophrenic and needs doctoring through pitiless self-criticism, exercise of the heart, close reasoning, and a little modesty.

10[Liberty] is a choreand a long-distance race, quite solitary, quite exhausting.

Albert Camus Quotes

11It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all.

12He was expressing his certainty that my appeal would be granted, but I was carrying the burden of a sin from which I had to free myself. According to him, human justice was nothing and divine justice was everything. I pointed out it was the former that had condemned me.

13Finally, and most of all, words failed him.

14The most knowledgeable person in one domain may be the most ignorant in another.

15One must place one's principles in big things. For the small, graciousness will suffice.

16I hadn't understood how days could be both long and short at the same time: long to live through, maybe, but so drawn out that they ended up flowing into one another. They lost their names. Only 'yesterday' and 'tomorrow' still had any meaning for me.

17God put self-pity by the side of despair like the cure by the side of the disease.

18One recognizes one's course by discovering the paths that stray from it.

19Where there is no hope, we must invent it.

20I was absent at the moment I took up the most space.

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21All that remains is a fate whose outcome alone is fatal. Outside of that single fatality of death, everything, joy or happiness, is liberty. A world remains of which man is the sole master. What bound him was the illusion of another world.

22Those who prefer their principles over their happiness, they refuse to be happy outside the conditions they seem to have attached to their happiness.

23Peace is the only battle worth waging.

24Great ideas come into the world as gently as doves.

25In order to exist, man must rebel.

26But sometimes it takes more courage to live than to shoot yourself.

27What is a rebel? A man who says no: but whose refusal does not imply a renunciation.

28A fate is not a punishment.

29I rebel; therefore I exist.

30To lose the touch of flowers and women's hands is the supreme separation.

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31There always comes a time when one must choose between contemplation and action. This is called becoming a man.

32I can feel this heart inside me and I conclude it exists. I can touch this world and I also conclude that it exists. All my knowledge ends at this point. The rest is hypothesis.

33To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well.

34Great feelings take with them their own universe, splendid or abject.

35I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn't.

36Rule: Start by looking for what is valid in every man.

37Where would his torture be, indeed, if at every step the hope of succeeding upheld him?

38Have pity, Lord, on those who love and are separated.

39If Nietzsche is correct, that to shame a man is to kill him, then any honest attempt at autobiography will be an act of self-destruction.

40There is so much stubborn hope in the human heart.

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41Yes, and when the love of life disappears, no meaning can console us.

42Revolution, in order to be creative, cannot do without either a moral or metaphysical rule to balance the insanity of history.

43I spent a long time looking at faces, drinking in smiles. Am I happy or unhappy? It鈥檚 not a very important question. I live with such frenzied intensity. Things and people are waiting for me, and doubtless I am waiting for them and desiring them with all my strength and sadness. But, here, I earn the right to be alive by silence and by secrecy. The miracle of not having to talk about oneself.

44Art, at least, teaches us that man cannot be explained by history alone and that he also finds a reason for his existence in the order of nature.

45Because there is nothing here than invites us to cherish unhappy lovers. Nothing is more vain than to die for love. What we ought to do is live.

46Human rebellion ends in metaphysical revolution. It progresses from appearances to acts, from the dandy to the revolutionary.

47I explained to him, however, that my nature was such that my physical needs often got in the way of my feelings.

48A novel is never anything but a philosophy expressed in images. And in a good novel the philosophy has disappeared into the images.

49At the age of 40, having ordered meat very rare in restaurants all his life, he realized he actually liked it medium and not at all rare.

50What, in fact, is a novel but a universe in which action is endowed with form, where final words are pronounced, where people possess one another completely, and where life assumes the aspect of destiny?

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51The truth is that nothing is less sensational than pestilence, and by reason of their very duration great misfortunes are monotonous.

52Always there comes an hour when one is weary of one's work and devotion to duty, and all one craves for is a loved face, the warmth and wonder of a loving heart.

53The 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.

54I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world.

55We must learn how to lend ourselves to dreaming when dreams lend themselves to us.

56Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority.

57I was comfortable in all, I admit, but at the same time, nothing satisfied me. Each joy made me seek another.

58I want to know if I can live with what I know, and only than.

59... habit starts at the second crime. At the first one, something is ending.

60Thus 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鈥攁nd I refuse suicide.