Albert Camus

Albert
Camus
1913
1960

French Philosopher, Novelist, Playwright, Journalist

Author Quotes

All systems of morality are based on the idea that an action has consequences that legitimize or cancel it. A mind imbued with the absurd merely judges that those consequences must be considered calmly.

A reason for dying is also a good reason for living.

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

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

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

Only he who is uncompromising as to his rights maintains his sense of duty.

The nobility of our calling will always be rooted in two commitments difficult to observe: refusal to lie about what we know, and resistance to oppression.

The innocent is the person who explains nothing.

To know oneself, one should assert oneself.

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question in philosophy.

What is a rebel? A man who says no: but whose refusal does not imply a renunciation. He is also a man who says yes as soon as he begins to think for himself... He rebels because he categorically refuses to submit to conditions that he considers intolerable and also because he is confusedly convinced that his position is justified, or rather, because in his own mind he thinks that he ‘has the right to...’ Rebellion cannot exist without the feeling that somewhere, in some way, you are justified.

You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.

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

Author Picture
First Name
Albert
Last Name
Camus
Birth Date
1913
Death Date
1960
Bio

French Philosopher, Novelist, Playwright, Journalist