Albert Camus

Albert Camus

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

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

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

He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hope for the human condition is a fool.

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

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

Everyone would like to behave like a pagan, with everyone else behaving like a Christian.

There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.

You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.

If there is a sin against life, it consist perhaps not so much in despairing of life as hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. Albert Camus

A slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown.

Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day.

We rarely confide in those who are better than we are.

In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

In the depth of winter, I learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.

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.

In the vast reaches of the dry, cold night, thousands of stars were constantly appearing, and their sparkling icicles, loosened at once, began to slip gradually toward the horizon.

Live to the point of tears.

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.

I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day.

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

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

If, after all, men cannot always make history have meaning, they can always act so that their own lives have one.

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