Quotes by Albert Camus

We are all special cases.
- Albert Camus
Integrity has no need of rules.
- Albert Camus
Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.
- Albert Camus
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To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
- Albert Camus
How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!
- Albert Camus
I know of only one duty, and that is to love.
- Albert Camus
Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
- Albert Camus
To govern means to pillage, as everyone knows.
- Albert Camus
Violence is both unavoidable and unjustifiable.
- Albert Camus
There is no love of life without despair of life.
- Albert Camus
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No cause justifies the deaths of innocent people.
- Albert Camus
We turn toward God only to obtain the impossible.
- Albert Camus
Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.
- Albert Camus
You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
- Albert Camus
The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.
- Albert Camus
Heroism is accessible. Happiness is more difficult.
- Albert Camus
There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
- Albert Camus
An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
- Albert Camus
To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.
- Albert Camus
Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.
- Albert Camus
It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.
- Albert Camus
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
- Albert Camus
Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
- Albert Camus
We rarely confide in those who are better than we are.
- Albert Camus
Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.
- Albert Camus
The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.
- Albert Camus
The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.
- Albert Camus
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
- Albert Camus
We call first truths those we discover after all the others.
- Albert Camus
Friendship often ends in love, but love in friendship - never.
- Albert Camus
You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade.
- Albert Camus
The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.
- Albert Camus
Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.
- Albert Camus
A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
- Albert Camus
Why should it be essential to love rarely in order to love much?
- Albert Camus
To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one's landlady.
- Albert Camus
Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.
- Albert Camus
The society based on production is only productive, not creative.
- Albert Camus
Don't wait for the last judgment - it takes place every day.
- Albert Camus
I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.
- Albert Camus
Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
- Albert Camus
Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference.
- Albert Camus
A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
- Albert Camus
One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.
- Albert Camus
The day when I am no more than a writer I shall cease to be a writer.
- Albert Camus
Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
- Albert Camus
Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.
- Albert Camus
There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.
- Albert Camus
Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic.
- Albert Camus
Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
- Albert Camus
Man is an idea, and a precious small idea once he turns his back on love.
- Albert Camus
In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.
- Albert Camus
All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.
- Albert Camus
At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.
- Albert Camus
I draw from the Absurd three consequences: my revolt, my liberty, my passion.
- Albert Camus
The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.
- Albert Camus
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
- Albert Camus
When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.
- Albert Camus
Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence.
- Albert Camus
All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State.
- Albert Camus
In order to exist just once in the world, it is necessary never again to exist.
- Albert Camus
Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil.
- Albert Camus
Every time somebody speaks of my honesty, there is someone who quivers inside me.
- Albert Camus
Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.
- Albert Camus
It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all.
- Albert Camus
In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus
Every man, and for stronger reasons, every artist, wants to be recognized. So do I.
- Albert Camus
But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
- Albert Camus
What is a rebel? A man who says no: but whose refusal does not imply a renunciation.
- Albert Camus
Charm is a way of getting the answer 'Yes' without asking a clear question.
- Albert Camus
Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
- Albert Camus
What the world requires of the Christians is that they should continue to be Christians.
- Albert Camus
He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.
- Albert Camus
Rebellion cannot exist without the feeling that somewhere, in some way, you are justified.
- Albert Camus
It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.
- Albert Camus
Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.
- Albert Camus
By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
- Albert Camus
Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions.
- Albert Camus
Every great work makes the human face more admirable and richer, and that is its whole secret.
- Albert Camus
Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.
- Albert Camus
We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.
- Albert Camus
Conscious of not being able to separate myself from my time, I have decided to become part of it.
- Albert Camus
The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm.
- Albert Camus
I am not made for politics because I am incapable of wanting or accepting the death of the adversary.
- Albert Camus
The absurd depends as much on man as on the world. For the moment, it is all that links them together.
- Albert Camus
Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.
- Albert Camus
The role of the intellectual cannot be to excuse the violence of one side and condemn that of the other.
- Albert Camus
Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.
- Albert Camus
I have never been able to renounce the light, the pleasure of being, and the freedom in which I grew up.
- Albert Camus
Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
- Albert Camus
Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.
- Albert Camus
Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood - never.
- Albert Camus
Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death.
- Albert Camus
The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.
- Albert Camus
As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.
- Albert Camus
There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.
- Albert Camus
How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
- Albert Camus
We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love - first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.
- Albert Camus
To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well.
- Albert Camus
Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
- Albert Camus
To abandon oneself to principles is really to die - and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
- Albert Camus
Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.
- Albert Camus
It is necessary to fall in love... if only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway.
- Albert Camus
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus
Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.
- Albert Camus
A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.
- Albert Camus
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.
- Albert Camus