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Albert Camus quotes

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

To know oneself, one should assert oneself.

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

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.

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.

You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.

To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.

What is a rebel? A man who says no.

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

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.

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

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

The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.

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.