Albert Camus Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

Heard of the name but not the man, Albert Camus was a philosopher, author and journalist. During 7 November 1913 – 4 January 1960, his career spawned the concept of absurdism and won the Nobel prize in literature in 1944. Becoming a celebrity from the nature of his lectures, he remained politically active. Fascinating me, this is one more classic writer I need to look into more!

  • When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. Albert Camus
  • Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth. Albert Camus
  • People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves. Albert Camus
  • Life can be magnificent and overwhelming – that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live. Albert Camus
  • Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present. Albert Camus
  • 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
  • We all carry within us places of exile, our crimes, our ravages. Our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to transform them in ourselves and others. Albert Camus
  • The evil that is in the world almost always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding. Albert Camus
  • There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night. Albert Camus
  • The need to be right – the sign of a vulgar mind. Albert Camus
  • There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn. Albert Camus
  • Stupidity has a knack of getting its way. Albert Camus
  • He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool. Albert Camus
  • We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die. Albert Camus
  • There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. 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
  • A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. 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
  • Charm is a way of getting the answer ‘Yes’ without asking a clear question. Albert Camus
  • Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. Albert Camus
  • Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic. Albert Camus
  • 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
  • As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means. Albert Camus
  • Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny. Albert Camus
  • We are all special cases. Albert Camus

Summarizing his political idealogy, he was a moralist. Stating that morality should be the key force behind law and policies. Critical against authoritarian reign during the time of WW2, he was a proponent of libertarian socialism than any national system that called it self that said it was not true. I need a good 1 hour and a half or longer doco that documents his life because his history seem so interesting when researched. And I only refference information from three websites…

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