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 :: 1913-1960, French Existential Writer

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Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.
~ Albert Camus - [Rebellion]

 

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Every revolutionary ends up by becoming either an oppressor or a heretic.
~ Albert Camus - [Revolutions and Revolutionaries]

 

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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 - [Crime and Criminals]

 

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Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.
~ Albert Camus - [Freedom]

 

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From Paul to Stalin, the popes who have chosen Caesar have prepared the way for Caesars who quickly learn to despise popes.
~ Albert Camus - [Power]

 

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God put self-pity by the side of despair like the cure by the side of the disease.
~ Albert Camus - [Pity]

 

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Human relationships always help us to carry on because they always presuppose further developments, a future --and also because we live as if our only task was precisely to have relationships with other people.
~ Albert Camus - [Relationships]

 

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If Christianity is pessimistic as to man, it is optimistic as to human destiny. Well, I can say that, pessimistic as to human destiny, I am optimistic as to man.
~ Albert Camus - [Optimism]

 

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If only nature is real and if, in nature, only desire and destruction are legitimate, then, in that all humanity does not suffice to assuage the thirst for blood, the path of destruction must lead to universal annihilation.
~ Albert Camus - [Nature]

 

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If there is sin against life, it consistsą in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.
~ Albert Camus - [Sin]

 

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If, after all, men cannot always make history have meaning, they can always act so that their own lives have one.
~ Albert Camus - [Life and Living]

 

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In default of inexhaustible happiness, eternal suffering would at least give us a destiny. But we do not even have that consolation, and our worst agonies come to an end one day.
~ Albert Camus - [Suffering]

 

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In order to exist just once in the world, it is necessary never again to exist.
~ Albert Camus - [Existence]

 

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In our wildest aberrations we dream of an equilibrium we have left behind and which we naively expect to find at the end of our errors. Childish presumption which justifies the fact that child-nations, inheriting our follies, are now directing our history.
~ Albert Camus - [History and Historians]

 

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In the depth of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
~ Albert Camus - [Potential]

 

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Instead of killing and dying in order to produce the being that we are not, we have to live and let live in order to create what we are.
~ Albert Camus - [Ideals and Idealism]

 

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Integrity has no need of rules.
~ Albert Camus - [Character]

 

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

 

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It is a well-known fact that we always recognize our homeland when we are about to lose it.
~ Albert Camus - [Nationalities and Nationalism]

 

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It is impossible to give a clear account of the world, but art can teach us to reproduce it --just as the world reproduces itself in the course of its eternal gyrations. The primordial sea indefatigably repeats the same words and casts up the same astonished beings on the same sea-shore.
~ Albert Camus - [Arts and Artists]

 

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