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Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the ...
by Albert Camus

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

Related topics: Art

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

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
- 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

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

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

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

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

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
- 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

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

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

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

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

You cannot create experience.
You must undergo it.
- 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

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

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

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

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies,
society, even when perfect, is but a jungle.
This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.
- Albert Camus

One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.
- Albert Camus

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

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence
and an appeal to the essence of being.
- Albert Camus

Some people talk in their sleep.
Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
- Albert Camus

In order to exist just once in the world,
it is necessary never again to exist.
- 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

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

We turn toward God only to obtain the impossible.
- Albert Camus

We rarely confide in those who are better than we are.
- Albert Camus

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.
- Albert Camus

How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!
- Albert Camus

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

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

Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart.
One must imagine Sisyphus happy.
- Albert Camus

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

What is a rebel? A man who says no.
- Albert Camus

A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
- 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

Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without
becoming a principle of evil.
- Albert Camus

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

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...
inside ourselves.
- Albert Camus

Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today,
could justify non-violence.
- Albert Camus

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

The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.
- Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don't wait for the last judgment - it takes place every day.
- Albert Camus

Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic.
- Albert Camus

Truth, like light, blinds.
Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight
that enhances every object.
- Albert Camus

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

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


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