Albert Camus


French Philosopher, Novelist, Playwright, Journalist

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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.

Don’t wait for the Last Judgment. It takes place every day.

You cannot create experience, you undergo it.

A person's work is nothing but the long journey to recover, through the detours of art, the two or three simple and great images which first gained access to his heart.

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, that it is inside ourselves.

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

We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.

We haven't time to be ourselves. All we have time for is happiness.

We are all special cases. We all want to appeal to something! Everyone insists on his innocence, at all costs, even if it means accusing the rest of the human race and heaven.

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

There's no need to hang about waiting for the Last Judgment - it takes place every day.

The certainty of a God giving meaning to life far surpasses in attractiveness the ability to behave badly with impunity. The choice would not be hard to make. But there is no choice and that is where the bitterness comes in. The absurd does not liberate; it binds. It does not authorize all actions. Everything is permitted does not mean that nothing is forbidden. The absurd merely confers an equivalence on the consequences of those actions.

The soul of a murderer is blind.

Sometimes it is easier to see clearly into a liar than into a person telling the truth. Truth, like light, is blinding. Falsehood, on the other hand, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.

The aim of art, the aim of a life can only be to increase the sum of freedom and responsibility to be found in every man and in the world. It cannot, under any circumstances, be to reduce or suppress that freedom, even temporarily. No great work has ever been based on hatred and contempt. On the contrary, there is not a single true work of art that has not in the end added to the inner freedom of each person who has known and loved it.

Liberty is dangerous.

If, after all, men cannot always make history have meaning, they can always act so that their own lives have one.

It is very true that we seldom confide in those who are better than ourselves.

If God exists, all depends on him and we can do nothing against his will. If he does not exist, everything depends on us.

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

Freedom is not a reward or a decoration that is celebrated with champagne. Nor yet a gift, a box of dainties designed to make you lick your chops. Oh, no! it's a chore, on the contrary, and a long-distance race, quite solitary and very exhausting.

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better, whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worst.

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

Don't wait for the last judgment-it takes place every day...An achievement is bondage. It obliges one to higher achievement.

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.

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French Philosopher, Novelist, Playwright, Journalist