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

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

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

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
- 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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You cannot create experience.
You must undergo it.
- 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

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

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

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

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
- 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

There will be no lasting peace either in the heart
of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.
- Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The society based on production is only productive,
not creative.
- 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 welfare of the people in particular has always
been the alibi of tyrants.
- 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

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

Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly
rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price
of goods that they cannot do without.
- Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men are convinced of your arguments,
your sincerity,
and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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