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

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: 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. with background image: 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.

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: 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… with background image: 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.

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: 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. with background image: 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.

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: To abandon oneself to principles is really to die -- and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love. with background image: 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.

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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

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quote by Albert Camus: He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool. with background image: 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.

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: 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. with background image: 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.

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: 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. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: Stupidity has a knack of getting its way. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.

--Albert Camus

Longer Version:

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way; as we should see if we were not always so much wrapped up in ourselves.


quote by Albert Camus: 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. with background image: 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.

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful. with background image: 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.

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quote by Albert Camus: 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. with background image: 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.

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: 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… with background image: 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.

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

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

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quote by Albert Camus: 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 itsel… with background image: 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.

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

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

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quote by Albert Camus: Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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

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quote by Albert Camus: Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.

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quote by Albert Camus: The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy. with background image: 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.

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quote by Albert Camus: Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.

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quote by Albert Camus: The absurd depends as much on man as on the world. For the moment, it is all that links them together. with background image: 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.

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

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

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quote by Albert Camus: The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.

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

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

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quote by Albert Camus: Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature. with background image: 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.

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quote by Albert Camus: It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: 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. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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.

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

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

--Albert Camus

Longer Version:

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


quote by Albert Camus: You cannot create experience. You must undergo it. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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

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

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

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quote by Albert Camus: 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 nihil… with background image: 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.

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quote by Albert Camus: 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 dre… with background image: 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.

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

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

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: 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. with background image: 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.

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quote by Albert Camus: 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, n… with background image: 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.

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

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

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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

--Albert Camus

Longer Version:

At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face, As it is, in its distressing nudity, in its light without effulgence, it is elusive.


quote by Albert Camus: 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 o… with background image: 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.

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: There is no love of life without despair of life. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

There is no love of life without despair of life.

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

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

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: To know oneself, one should assert oneself. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

To know oneself, one should assert oneself.

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time. with background image: rocky mountain under starry night
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Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: I know of only one duty, and that is to love. with background image: blue flower in close up photography
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I know of only one duty, and that is to love.

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

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

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

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth. with background image: photo of author Albert Camus with quote

The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means. with background image: 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.

--Albert Camus
quote by 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. with background image: 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.

--Albert Camus
quote by Albert Camus: Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. with background image: brown and black leaf in close up photography
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Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

--Albert Camus

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