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When you have really exhausted an experience you ...
by Albert Camus

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

Related topics: Experience

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

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
- 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

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

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

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement
of the power of the State.
- Albert Camus

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

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

Integrity has no need of rules.
- Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.
- Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

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

Men are convinced of your arguments,
your sincerity,
and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death.
- 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 only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.
- Albert Camus

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

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

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


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