Albert Camus Quotes
A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.
A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
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.
A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
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.
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.
Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.
Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.
Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door.
All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State.
All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.
An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.
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.
At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that's what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.
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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November 7, 1913
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