Albert Camus Quotes

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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

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

Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

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

Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.

Albert Camus

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

Albert Camus

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

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

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

Albert Camus

All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.

Albert Camus

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.

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

At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures - be what he is. And, above all, accept these things.

Albert Camus

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

Albert Camus

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

Albert Camus

Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that's what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.

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

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

Albert Camus

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?

Albert Camus

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

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Charm is a way of getting the answer 'Yes' without asking a clear question.

Albert Camus

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

Albert Camus

Conscious of not being able to separate myself from my time, I have decided to become part of it.

Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

Each generation doubtless feels called upon to reform the world. Mine knows that it will not reform it, but its task is perhaps even greater. It consists in preventing the world from destroying itself.

Albert Camus

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

Albert Camus

Every artist preserves deep within him a single source from which, throughout his lifetime, he draws what he is, and what he says. When the source dries up, the work withers and crumbles.

Albert Camus

Every great work makes the human face more admirable and richer, and that is its whole secret.

Albert Camus

Every man needs slaves like he needs clean air. To rule is to breathe, is it not? And even the most disenfranchised get to breathe. The lowest on the social scale have their spouses or their children.

Albert Camus

Every man, and for stronger reasons, every artist, wants to be recognized. So do I.

Albert Camus

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

Albert Camus

Every time somebody speaks of my honesty, there is someone who quivers inside me.

Albert Camus

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

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

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.

Albert Camus

Friendship often ends in love, but love in friendship - never.

Albert Camus

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

Albert Camus

Heroism is accessible. Happiness is more difficult.

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

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

Albert Camus

I am not made for politics because I am incapable of wanting or accepting the death of the adversary.

Albert Camus

I draw from the Absurd three consequences: my revolt, my liberty, my passion.

Albert Camus

I grew up with the sea, and poverty for me was sumptuous; then I lost the sea and found all luxuries gray and poverty unbearable.

Albert Camus

I have never been able to renounce the light, the pleasure of being, and the freedom in which I grew up.

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