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A guilty conscience needs to confess.
by Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

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

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
- 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

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

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

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The society based on production is only productive,
not creative.
- Albert Camus

The desire for possession is insatiable,
to such a point that it can survive even love itself.
To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves.
- Albert Camus

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
- Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

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

To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
- 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

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.
- 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

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

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

Integrity has no need of rules.
- Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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