Albert Camus


French Philosopher, Novelist, Playwright, Journalist

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Live life to the point of tears.

If the world were clear, art would not exist.

I'll tell you a big secret, my friend: Don't wait for the Last judgment. It happens every day.

I know of only one duty, and that is to love.

I have seen many people die because life for them was not worth living. From this I conclude that the question of life’s meaning is the most urgent question of all.

Any authentic creation is a gift to the future.

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.

Absolute freedom mocks justice; absolute justice denies freedom.

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.

What we call basic truths are simply the ones we discover after all the others.

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.

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

What doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger.

There is only one philosophical problem that is really serious, and that is suicide. To decide whether life is worth living or not is to answer the fundamental question in philosophy.

To grow old is to move from passion to compassion.

There is dignity in work only when it is work freely accepted.

There is not a ingle true work of art that has not in the end added to the inner freedom of each person who has known and loved it.

Reality is a perpetual process of evolution, propelled by the fertile impact of antagonisms which are resolved each time into a superior synthesis which, itself, creates its opposite and again causes history to advance.

There can be no true goodness nor true love without the utmost clear-sightedness.

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

Prefer truth to everything.

If I had to write a book on morality, it would have a hundred pages and ninety-nine would be blank. On the last page I should write: “I recognize only one duty, and that is to love.” And, as far as everything else is concerned, I say no.

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

Don't walk before me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

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

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French Philosopher, Novelist, Playwright, Journalist