Albert Camus Quotes

- Notable Albert Camus Quotes Index -

Born: November 7, 1913, Mondovi, Constantine, France [now Drean, Algeria]
Birth Country: Algeria
Died: Villeblevin, Yonne, France, January 4, 1960
Occupation: Author

1.
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

2.
A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
- Albert Camus

3.
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

4.
A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
- Albert Camus

5.
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

6.
Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.
- Albert Camus

7.
Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.
- Albert Camus

8.
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

9.
All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State.
- Albert Camus

10.
An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
- Albert Camus

11.
As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.
- Albert Camus

12.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
- Albert Camus

13.
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

14.
Blessed are the hearts that can bend they shall never be broken.
- Albert Camus

15.
But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
- Albert Camus

16.
By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
- Albert Camus

17.
Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.
- Albert Camus

18.
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

19.
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

20.
For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium.
- Albert Camus

21.
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

22.
Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
- Albert Camus

23.
He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.
- Albert Camus

24.
How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
- Albert Camus

25.
I know of only one duty, and that is to love.
- Albert Camus

26.
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

27.
In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus

28.
It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.
- Albert Camus

29.
It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all.
- Albert Camus

30.
It's a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.
- Albert Camus

31.
Man is an idea, and a precious small idea once he turns his back on love.
- Albert Camus

32.
Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions.
- Albert Camus

33.
Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death.
- Albert Camus

34.
Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.
- Albert Camus

35.
Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.
- Albert Camus

36.
Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
- Albert Camus

37.
Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
- Albert Camus

38.
Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference.
- Albert Camus

39.
Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
- Albert Camus

40.
The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.
- Albert Camus

41.
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

42.
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

43.
The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism.
- Albert Camus

44.
The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm.
- Albert Camus

45.
The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.
- Albert Camus

46.
The society based on production is only productive, not creative.
- Albert Camus

47.
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

48.
There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.
- Albert Camus

49.
Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.
- Albert Camus

50.
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

51.
To abandon oneself to principles is really to die - and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
- Albert Camus

52.
To assert in any case that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no-one in his right mind will believe this today.
- Albert Camus

53.
To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one's landlady.
- Albert Camus

54.
To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything.
- Albert Camus

55.
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

56.
To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
- Albert Camus

57.
Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.
- Albert Camus

58.
Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
- Albert Camus

59.
We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love - first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.
- Albert Camus

60.
We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.
- Albert Camus

61.
We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.
- Albert Camus

62.
We turn toward God only to obtain the impossible.
- Albert Camus

63.
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

64.
When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.
- Albert Camus

65.
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

66.
Without freedom, no art art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.
- Albert Camus

67.
Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
- Albert Camus

68.
You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
- Albert Camus

69.
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

70.
Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.
- Albert Camus

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