Albert Camus Quotes

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Albert Camus was born on 7th November 1913 in a French-Algerian family. He was a French author. In the year 1957 he won the Noble prize. He joined teh French Comunist Party in 1935 to fight inqualities between the different casts of Europians in Algeria. He was married to Simone Hie in 1934, she was addicted to morphine, his marriage ended in 1935. Marriage lasted for one year, Afer that he joined the “Workers Theater” and was running the theater till 1937. Then in 1940 he was married to Franchine Faure, mathematician. He loved her wife very much but he often argue with her. He was having many affairs. Camus died in 4th January 1960 in an automobile accident. After that his two children Catherine and Jean hold the copyrights to his work and published two fo camus’s works named A Happy Death and The First Man which was a uncompleted novel. The Second novel was an autobiographical work about his childhood in Algeria and it was published in 1995.

A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.

A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.

A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images.

A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.

After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.

Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.

Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.

An achievement is a bondage. It obliges one to a higher achievement.

Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?

Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question.

Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

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

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.

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.

He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.

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

If there is a soul, it is a mistake to believe that it is given tous fully created. It is created here, throughout a whole life. And living is nothing else but that long and painful bringing forth.

In the depths of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.

In our society, any man who doesn’t cry at his mother’s funeral is liable to be condemned to death.

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

Man is an idea, and a precious small idea once he turns his back on love.

Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

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

The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.

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 real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.

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

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.

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.

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

We are all special cases.

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

We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.

We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.

We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives… inside

What the world requires of the Christians is that they should continue to be Christians.

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.

You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade.

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of.

You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.


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