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Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair,
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.
- Albert Camus

Related topics: Beauty

The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

What is happiness except the simple harmony
between a man and the life he leads?
- Albert Camus

Life is a sum of all your choices.
- Albert Camus

 

Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.
- Albert Camus

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
- Albert Camus

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
- Albert Camus

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It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people
think they can be happy without money.
- Albert Camus

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

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

Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.
- Albert Camus

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
- Albert Camus

When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.
- Albert Camus

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

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there
was in me an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus

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

I would rather live my life as if there is a God and
die to find out there isn't,
than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.
- Albert Camus

You cannot create experience.
You must undergo it.
- Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.
Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.
- Albert Camus

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
- Albert Camus

Retaliation is related to nature and instinct,
not to law.
Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
- Albert Camus

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.
- Albert Camus

It is normal to give away a little of one's life in
order not to lose it all.
- Albert Camus

We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love -
first to their advantage,
then to their disadvantage.
- Albert Camus

Integrity has no need of rules.
- Albert Camus

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

Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them.
All they really want is to be maintained in the good
opinion they have of themselves.
- Albert Camus

It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.
- Albert Camus

There is the good and the bad, the great and the low,
the just and the unjust.
I swear to you that all that will never change.
- Albert Camus

Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom:
therefore they do not believe in dying completely.
- Albert Camus

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

Blessed are the hearts that can bend;
they shall never be broken.
- Albert Camus

The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.
- Albert Camus

To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
- Albert Camus

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.
- Albert Camus

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

Man is an idea, and a precious small idea once he turns his back on love.
- Albert Camus

Methods of thought which claim to give the lead to
our world in the name of revolution have become,
in reality, ideologies of consent and not of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time,
faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well.
- Albert Camus

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

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

To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one's landlady.
- Albert Camus

You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer
'yes' without having asked any clear question.
- Albert Camus

Those who write clearly have readers,
those who write obscurely have commentators.
- Albert Camus

What the world requires of the Christians is that they
should continue to be Christians.
- Albert Camus

A free press can, of course, be good or bad,
but, most certainly without freedom,
the press will never be anything but bad.
- Albert Camus

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

Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only
if you generously consent to share them.
- Albert Camus

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement
of the power of the State.
- Albert Camus

The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.
- Albert Camus

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

Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter
in history acknowledge what they want;
not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.
- Albert Camus

Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this
desire will dictate all his actions.
- Albert Camus

We continue to shape our personality all our life.
If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.
- Albert Camus

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

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

Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone,
without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.
- Albert Camus

There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
- Albert Camus

To abandon oneself to principles is really to die -
and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
- Albert Camus

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

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.
- Albert Camus

Real nobility is based on scorn, courage,
and profound indifference.
- Albert Camus

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.
- Albert Camus

You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes
only if you generously consent to share them.
- Albert Camus

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

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

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

To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.
- Albert Camus

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
- Albert Camus


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