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Without work, all life goes rotten.
by Albert Camus

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

Related topics: Work

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!
- 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 not your paintings I like, it is your painting.
- Albert Camus

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

We are all special cases.
- Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

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

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

Integrity has no need of rules.
- Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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