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The only way to deal with an unfree world
by 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

Related topics: Values Life Human-Nature Psychology Government Political Freedom

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

Life is a sum of all your choices.
- 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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

We turn toward God only to obtain the impossible.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
- 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 be happy we must not be too concerned with others.
- Albert Camus

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

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

Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question.
- Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The welfare of the people in particular has always
been the alibi of tyrants.
- Albert Camus

We are all special cases.
- Albert Camus

Integrity has no need of rules.
- Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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