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Quote: You will always win if you make an effort, no matter how much. However, if you failed it means you were too lazy. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

You will always win if you make an effort, no matter how much. However, if you failed it means you were too lazy.


Quote: It's a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

It's a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.


Quote: All I know of morality I learned from football. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

All I know of morality I learned from football.


Quote: Everything I know about morality and the obligations of men, I owe it to football. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Everything I know about morality and the obligations of men, I owe it to football.


Quote: Artistic creation is a demand for unity and a rejection of the world. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Artistic creation is a demand for unity and a rejection of the world.


Quote: The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.


Quote: One cannot be a part-time nihilist. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

One cannot be a part-time nihilist.


Quote: There is no shame in preferring happiness. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

There is no shame in preferring happiness.


Quote: There is so much stubborn hope in the human heart. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

There is so much stubborn hope in the human heart.


Quote: For ever, I shall be a stranger to myself. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

For ever, I shall be a stranger to myself.


Quote: The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning.


Quote: When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune.


Quote: People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.


Quote: There is scarcely any passion without struggle. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

There is scarcely any passion without struggle.


Quote: Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.


Quote: One must imagine Sisyphus happy. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

One must imagine Sisyphus happy.


Quote: Always go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Always go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth.


Quote: Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee? by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?




Quote: They were silent, humiliated by this return of the defeated, furious at their own silence, but the more it was prolonged the less capable they were of breaking it. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

They were silent, humiliated by this return of the defeated, furious at their own silence, but the more it was prolonged the less capable they were of breaking it.


Quote: It is not humiliating to be unhappy. Physical suffering is sometimes humiliating, but the suffering of being cannot be, it is life. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

It is not humiliating to be unhappy. Physical suffering is sometimes humiliating, but the suffering of being cannot be, it is life.


Quote: And I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. I don't want any greatness for it, particularly a greatness born of blood and falsehood. I want to keep it alive by keeping justice alive. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

And I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. I don't want any greatness for it, particularly a greatness born of blood and falsehood. I want to keep it alive by keeping justice alive.


Quote: The loves we share with a city are often secret loves. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The loves we share with a city are often secret loves.




Quote: In raining bullets on those silent faces, already turned away from this world, you think you are disfiguring the face of our truth. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

In raining bullets on those silent faces, already turned away from this world, you think you are disfiguring the face of our truth.


Quote: This land on which so many centuries have left their mark is merely an obligatory retreat for you, whereas it has always been our dearest hope. Your too sudden passion is made up of spite and necessity. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

This land on which so many centuries have left their mark is merely an obligatory retreat for you, whereas it has always been our dearest hope. Your too sudden passion is made up of spite and necessity.


Quote: Yes, their reasons are overwhelming. They are as big as hope and as deep as revolt. They are the reasons of the future for a country that others tried so long to limit to the gloomy rumination of her past. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Yes, their reasons are overwhelming. They are as big as hope and as deep as revolt. They are the reasons of the future for a country that others tried so long to limit to the gloomy rumination of her past.


Quote: The people are under arms tonight because they hope for justice for tomorrow, Some go about saying that it is not worthwhile…But this is because they vaguely sense that this insurrection threatens many things thar would continue to stand if all took place otherwise. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of Albert Camus quote; white text on black background

The people are under arms tonight because they hope for justice for tomorrow, Some go about saying that it is not worthwhile…But this is because they vaguely sense that this insurrection threatens many things thar would continue to stand if all took place otherwise.


Quote: A city deprived of everything, devoid of light and devoid of heat, starved, and still not crushed. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

A city deprived of everything, devoid of light and devoid of heat, starved, and still not crushed.


Quote: For their heroism was that they had to conquer themselves first. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

For their heroism was that they had to conquer themselves first.


Quote: You were satisfied to serve the power of your nation and we dreamed of giving ours her truth. It was enough for you to serve the politics of reality whereas, in our wildest aberrations, we still had a vague conception of the politics of honor. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

You were satisfied to serve the power of your nation and we dreamed of giving ours her truth. It was enough for you to serve the politics of reality whereas, in our wildest aberrations, we still had a vague conception of the politics of honor.


Quote: Having been, not only mutilated in our country, wounded in our very flesh, but also divested of our most beautiful images, for you gave the world a hateful and ridiculous version of them. The most painful thing to bear is seeing a mockery made of what one loves. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Having been, not only mutilated in our country, wounded in our very flesh, but also divested of our most beautiful images, for you gave the world a hateful and ridiculous version of them. The most painful thing to bear is seeing a mockery made of what one loves.




Quote: The hopeless hope is what sustains us in difficult moments; our comrades will be more patient than the executioners and more numerous than the bullets. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The hopeless hope is what sustains us in difficult moments; our comrades will be more patient than the executioners and more numerous than the bullets.


Quote: We are fighting for the distinction between sacrifice and mysticism, between energy and violence, between strength and cruelty, for that even finer distinction between the true and the false, between the man of the future and the cowardly gods you revere. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

We are fighting for the distinction between sacrifice and mysticism, between energy and violence, between strength and cruelty, for that even finer distinction between the true and the false, between the man of the future and the cowardly gods you revere.


Quote: It is a great deal to fight while despising war, to accept losing everything while still preferring happiness, to face destruction while cherishing the idea of a higher civilization. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

It is a great deal to fight while despising war, to accept losing everything while still preferring happiness, to face destruction while cherishing the idea of a higher civilization.


Quote: I noticed that he laid stress on my intelligence. It puzzled me rather why what would count as a good point in an ordinary person should be used against an accused man as an overwhelming proof of his guilt. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

I noticed that he laid stress on my intelligence. It puzzled me rather why what would count as a good point in an ordinary person should be used against an accused man as an overwhelming proof of his guilt.


Quote: You are only excused for happiness and success if you generously agree to share them. But if one is to be happy, one should not worry too much about other people -- which means there is no way out. 
Happy and judged or absolved and miserable. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

You are only excused for happiness and success if you generously agree to share them. But if one is to be happy, one should not worry too much about other people -- which means there is no way out.
Happy and judged or absolved and miserable.


Quote: The misery and greatness of this world: it offers no truths, but only objects for love. Absurdity is king, but love saves us from it. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The misery and greatness of this world: it offers no truths, but only objects for love. Absurdity is king, but love saves us from it.


Quote: The futility of what was happening here seemed to take me by the throat, I felt like vomiting, and I had only one idea: to get it over, to go back to my cell, and sleep... and sleep. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The futility of what was happening here seemed to take me by the throat, I felt like vomiting, and I had only one idea: to get it over, to go back to my cell, and sleep... and sleep.


Quote: Friendship is a knowledge acquired by free men. And there is no freedom without intelligence or without mutual understanding. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Friendship is a knowledge acquired by free men. And there is no freedom without intelligence or without mutual understanding.


Quote: Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know.


Quote: My soul's a burden to me, I've had enough of it. I'm eager to be in that country, where the sun kills every question. I don't belong here. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

My soul's a burden to me, I've had enough of it. I'm eager to be in that country, where the sun kills every question. I don't belong here.


Quote: We don't have the time to completely be ourselves. We only have the room to be happy. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

We don't have the time to completely be ourselves. We only have the room to be happy.


Quote: It was previously a question of finding out whether or not life had to have a meaning to be lived. It now becomes clear on the contrary that it will be lived all the better if it has no meaning. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

It was previously a question of finding out whether or not life had to have a meaning to be lived. It now becomes clear on the contrary that it will be lived all the better if it has no meaning.


Quote: The only serious question in life is whether to kill yourself or not. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The only serious question in life is whether to kill yourself or not.


Quote: Mother used to say that however miserable one is, there's always something to be thankful for. And each morning, when the sky brightened and light began to flood my cell, I agreed with her. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Mother used to say that however miserable one is, there's always something to be thankful for. And each morning, when the sky brightened and light began to flood my cell, I agreed with her.


Quote: Lucifer also has died with God, and from his ashes has arisen a spiteful demon who does not even understand the object of his venture. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Lucifer also has died with God, and from his ashes has arisen a spiteful demon who does not even understand the object of his venture.


Quote: We are rebels for a cause, poets with a dream, and we won't let this world die without a fight. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

We are rebels for a cause, poets with a dream, and we won't let this world die without a fight.


Quote: The evil that is in the world always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack understanding. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The evil that is in the world always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack understanding.


Quote: In the vast reaches of the dry, cold night, thousands of stars were constantly appearing, and their sparkling icicles, loosened at once, began to slip gradually toward the horizon. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

In the vast reaches of the dry, cold night, thousands of stars were constantly appearing, and their sparkling icicles, loosened at once, began to slip gradually toward the horizon.


Quote: The Byronic hero, incapable of love, or capable only of an impossible love, suffers endlessly. He is solitary, languid, his condition exhausts him. If he wants to feel alive, it must be in the terrible exaltation of a brief and destructive action. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The Byronic hero, incapable of love, or capable only of an impossible love, suffers endlessly. He is solitary, languid, his condition exhausts him. If he wants to feel alive, it must be in the terrible exaltation of a brief and destructive action.


Quote: I have no idea what's awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

I have no idea what's awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.


Quote: Indeed, men never know how to love. nothing satisfies them. All they know is to dream, to imagine new duties, to look for new countries and new homes. While we women, we know that we must hasten to love, to share the same bed, hold hands, and fear absence. When we women love, we dream of nothing. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of Albert Camus quote: Indeed, men never know how to love. nothing satisfies them. All they know is to dream, to imagine new duties, to look for new countries and new homes. While we women, we know that we must hasten to love, to share the same bed, hold hands, and fear absence. When we women love, we dream of nothing.- black text on quotes background

Indeed, men never know how to love. nothing satisfies them. All they know is to dream, to imagine new duties, to look for new countries and new homes. While we women, we know that we must hasten to love, to share the same bed, hold hands, and fear absence. When we women love, we dream of nothing.


Quote: Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of Albert Camus quote; white text on black background

Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.


Quote: I have a good, hearty laugh and an energetic handshake, and those are trump cards. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

I have a good, hearty laugh and an energetic handshake, and those are trump cards.


Quote: Life is the sum of your choices. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Life is the sum of your choices.


Quote: Any thought that abandons unity glorifies diversity. And diversity is the home of art. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Any thought that abandons unity glorifies diversity. And diversity is the home of art.


Quote: You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.


Quote: For those of us who have been thrown into hell, mysterious melodies and the torturing images of a vanished beauty will always bring us, in the midst of crime and folly, the echo of that harmonious insurrection which bears witness, throughout the centuries, to the greatness of humanity. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of Albert Camus quote: For those of us who have been thrown into hell, mysterious melodies and the torturing images of a vanished beauty will always bring us, in the midst of crime and folly, the echo of that harmonious insurrection which bears witness, throughout the centuries, to the greatness of humanity.- black text on quotes background

For those of us who have been thrown into hell, mysterious melodies and the torturing images of a vanished beauty will always bring us, in the midst of crime and folly, the echo of that harmonious insurrection which bears witness, throughout the centuries, to the greatness of humanity.


Quote: There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.


Quote: You think about bathing in the sea -- thick as velvet, supple and smooth as a wild animal. You think about swimming naked, and at night, with the stars, and a friend. Swim till you're far from the world, and breathing together in the same rhythm, and free of absolutely everything. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of Albert Camus quote: You think about bathing in the sea -- thick as velvet, supple and smooth as a wild animal. You think about swimming naked, and at night, with the stars, and a friend. Swim till you're far from the world, and breathing together in the same rhythm, and free of absolutely everything.- black text on quotes background

You think about bathing in the sea -- thick as velvet, supple and smooth as a wild animal. You think about swimming naked, and at night, with the stars, and a friend. Swim till you're far from the world, and breathing together in the same rhythm, and free of absolutely everything.


Quote: It was in Spain that my generation learned that one can be right and yet be beaten, that force can vanquish spirit, that there are times when courage is not its own recompense. It is this, doubtless, which explains why so many, the world over, feel the Spanish drama as a personal tragedy. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of Albert Camus quote: It was in Spain that my generation learned that one can be right and yet be beaten, that force can vanquish spirit, that there are times when courage is not its own recompense. It is this, doubtless, which explains why so many, the world over, feel the Spanish drama as a personal tragedy.- black text on quotes background

It was in Spain that my generation learned that one can be right and yet be beaten, that force can vanquish spirit, that there are times when courage is not its own recompense. It is this, doubtless, which explains why so many, the world over, feel the Spanish drama as a personal tragedy.


Quote: A crown of kisses to the queen of dreams. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

A crown of kisses to the queen of dreams.


Quote: I explained to him, however, that my nature was such that my physical needs often got in the way of my feelings. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: The real 19th century prophet was Dostoevsky, not Karl Marx. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The real 19th century prophet was Dostoevsky, not Karl Marx.


Quote: One dies if necessary, one breaks rather than bending. But I bend, because I continue to love myself. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

One dies if necessary, one breaks rather than bending. But I bend, because I continue to love myself.


Quote: Sometimes, from beyond the skycrapers, the cry of a tugboat finds you in your insomnia, and you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Sometimes, from beyond the skycrapers, the cry of a tugboat finds you in your insomnia, and you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island.


Quote: I am just coming out of five years of night, and this orgy of violent lights gives me for the first time the impression of a new continent. An enormous, 50-foot high Camel billboard : a GI with his mouth wide open blows enormous puffs of real smoke. So much bad taste hardly seems imaginable. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of Albert Camus quote: I am just coming out of five years of night, and this orgy of violent lights gives me for the first time the impression of a new continent. An enormous, 50-foot high Camel billboard : a GI with his mouth wide open blows enormous puffs of real smoke. So much bad taste hardly seems imaginable.- black text on quotes background

I am just coming out of five years of night, and this orgy of violent lights gives me for the first time the impression of a new continent. An enormous, 50-foot high Camel billboard : a GI with his mouth wide open blows enormous puffs of real smoke. So much bad taste hardly seems imaginable.


Quote: History only exists, in the final analysis, for God. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

History only exists, in the final analysis, for God.


Quote: Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: A man wants to earn money in order to be happy, and his whole effort and the best of a life are devoted to the earning of that money. Happiness is forgotten; the means are taken for the end. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

A man wants to earn money in order to be happy, and his whole effort and the best of a life are devoted to the earning of that money. Happiness is forgotten; the means are taken for the end.


Quote: It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.


Quote: To live is to hurt others, and through others, to hurt oneself. Cruel earth! How can we manage not to touch anything? To find what ultimate exile? by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

To live is to hurt others, and through others, to hurt oneself. Cruel earth! How can we manage not to touch anything? To find what ultimate exile?


Quote: Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself.


Quote: Creating is living doubly. The groping, anxious quest of a Proust, his meticulous collecting of flowers, of wallpapers, and of anxieties, signifies nothing else. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Creating is living doubly. The groping, anxious quest of a Proust, his meticulous collecting of flowers, of wallpapers, and of anxieties, signifies nothing else.


Quote: I don't want to be a genius-I have enough problems just trying to be a man. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

I don't want to be a genius-I have enough problems just trying to be a man.


Quote: When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.


Quote: Any country where I am not bored is a country that teaches me nothing. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Any country where I am not bored is a country that teaches me nothing.


Quote: True debauchery is liberating because it creates no obligations. In it you possess only yourself, hence it remains the favorite pastime of the great lovers of their own person. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

True debauchery is liberating because it creates no obligations. In it you possess only yourself, hence it remains the favorite pastime of the great lovers of their own person.


Quote: What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.


Quote: Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them.


Quote: Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.


Quote: Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.


Quote: Those who love, friends and lovers, know that love is not only a blinding flash, but also a long and painful struggle in the darkness for the realization of definitive recognition and reconciliation. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Those who love, friends and lovers, know that love is not only a blinding flash, but also a long and painful struggle in the darkness for the realization of definitive recognition and reconciliation.


Quote: She was waiting, but she didn't know for what. She was aware only of her solitude, and of the penetrating cold, and of a greater weight in the region of her heart. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

She was waiting, but she didn't know for what. She was aware only of her solitude, and of the penetrating cold, and of a greater weight in the region of her heart.


Quote: I used to advertise my loyalty and I don't believe there is a single person I loved that I didn't eventually betray. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

I used to advertise my loyalty and I don't believe there is a single person I loved that I didn't eventually betray.


Quote: Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle.This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle.This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.


Quote: In order to exist, man must rebel, but rebellion must respect the limits that it discovers in itself -- limits where minds meet, and in meeting, begin to exist. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

In order to exist, man must rebel, but rebellion must respect the limits that it discovers in itself -- limits where minds meet, and in meeting, begin to exist.


Quote: Gandhi proved it is possible to fight for one's people and win without for a moment losing the world's respect. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Gandhi proved it is possible to fight for one's people and win without for a moment losing the world's respect.


Quote: In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.


Quote: Part 2. At that moment we are feverish but also porous, so that the slightest touch makes us quiver to the depths of our being. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Part 2. At that moment we are feverish but also porous, so that the slightest touch makes us quiver to the depths of our being.


Quote: Part 1. What gives value to travel is fear. It is the fact that, at a certain moment, when we are so far from our own country we are seized by a vague fear, and an instinctive desire to go back to the protection of old habits. This is the most obvious benefit of travel. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of Albert Camus quote; white text on black background

Part 1. What gives value to travel is fear. It is the fact that, at a certain moment, when we are so far from our own country we are seized by a vague fear, and an instinctive desire to go back to the protection of old habits. This is the most obvious benefit of travel.


Quote: Travel, which is like a greater and graver science, brings us back to ourselves. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Travel, which is like a greater and graver science, brings us back to ourselves.


Quote: Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.


Quote: I rebel; therefore I exist. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

I rebel; therefore I exist.


Quote: We rarely confide in those who are better than we are. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

We rarely confide in those who are better than we are.


Quote: Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer 'yes' without having asked any clear question. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer 'yes' without having asked any clear question.


Quote: Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price of goods that they cannot do without. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price of goods that they cannot do without.


Quote: 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. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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.


Quote: When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.


Quote: At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures -- be what he is. And, above all, accept these things. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures -- be what he is. And, above all, accept these things.


Quote: The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.


Quote: A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk of the most dreadful of deaths, whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk of the most dreadful of deaths, whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion.


Quote: Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: I grew up with the sea, and poverty for me was sumptuous; then I lost the sea and found all luxuries gray and poverty unbearable. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

I grew up with the sea, and poverty for me was sumptuous; then I lost the sea and found all luxuries gray and poverty unbearable.


Quote: How hard, how bitter it is to become a man! by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!


Quote: Lying is not only saying what isn't true. It is also, in fact especially, saying more than is true and, in the case of the human heart, saying more than one feels. We all do it, every day, to make life simpler. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Lying is not only saying what isn't true. It is also, in fact especially, saying more than is true and, in the case of the human heart, saying more than one feels. We all do it, every day, to make life simpler.


Quote: Every man needs slaves like he needs clean air. To rule is to breathe, is it not? And even the most disenfranchised get to breathe. The lowest on the social scale have their spouses or their children. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Every man needs slaves like he needs clean air. To rule is to breathe, is it not? And even the most disenfranchised get to breathe. The lowest on the social scale have their spouses or their children.


Quote: 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. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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.


Quote: Why should it be essential to love rarely in order to love much? by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Why should it be essential to love rarely in order to love much?


Quote: Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: Every 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. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Every 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.


Quote: The artist forges himself to the others, midway between the beauty he cannot do without and the community he cannot tear himself away from. That is why true artists scorn nothing: they are obliged to understand rather than to judge. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The artist forges himself to the others, midway between the beauty he cannot do without and the community he cannot tear himself away from. That is why true artists scorn nothing: they are obliged to understand rather than to judge.


Quote: I was born poor and without religion, under a happy sky, feeling harmony, not hostility, in nature. I began not by feeling torn, but in plenitude. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

I was born poor and without religion, under a happy sky, feeling harmony, not hostility, in nature. I began not by feeling torn, but in plenitude.


Quote: To abandon oneself to principles is really to die -- and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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.


Quote: For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.


Quote: Don't wait for the last judgment -- it takes place every day. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Don't wait for the last judgment -- it takes place every day.


Quote: The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: Stupidity has a knack of getting its way. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.


Quote: I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live as if there isn't and to die to find out that there is. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live as if there isn't and to die to find out that there is.


Quote: Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves.


Quote: 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. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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.


Quote: Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.


Quote: Each generation doubtless feels called upon to reform the world. Mine knows that it will not reform it, but its task is perhaps even greater. It consists in preventing the world from destroying itself. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Each generation doubtless feels called upon to reform the world. Mine knows that it will not reform it, but its task is perhaps even greater. It consists in preventing the world from destroying itself.


Quote: Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.


Quote: Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.


Quote: The absurd depends as much on man as on the world. For the moment, it is all that links them together. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The absurd depends as much on man as on the world. For the moment, it is all that links them together.


Quote: You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.


Quote: We call first truths those we discover after all the others. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.


Quote: It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.


Quote: But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads? by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: You cannot create experience. You must undergo it. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.


Quote: Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm.


Quote: The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism.


Quote: 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. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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.


Quote: One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.


Quote: 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. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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.


Quote: By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.


Quote: I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.


Quote: The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: To be happy we must not be too concerned with others. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.


Quote: At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.


Quote: Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to live with as it is elating. We must march toward these two goals, painfully but resolutely, certain in advance of our failings on so long a road. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to live with as it is elating. We must march toward these two goals, painfully but resolutely, certain in advance of our failings on so long a road.


Quote: There is no love of life without despair of life. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

There is no love of life without despair of life.


Quote: Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood -- never. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood -- never.


Quote: Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.


Quote: No matter what cause one defends, it will suffer permanent disgrace if one resorts to blind attacks on crowds of innocent people. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

No matter what cause one defends, it will suffer permanent disgrace if one resorts to blind attacks on crowds of innocent people.


Quote: The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.


Quote: As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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


Quote: Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.


Quote: It is necessary to fall in love... if only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Camus with quote

It is necessary to fall in love... if only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway.


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