Albert Camus

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Albert Camus (7 November 1913 – 4 January 1960) was a French pied-noir author, journalist, and philosopher. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay "The Rebel" that his whole life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into individual freedom. Although often cited as a proponent of existentialism, the philosophy with which Camus was associated during his own lifetime, he rejected this particular label. In an interview in 1945, Camus rejected any ideological associations: "No, I am not an existentialist. Sartre and I are always surprised to see our names linked..."

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  • Powerful, yes, that is the word that I constantly rolled on my tongue; I dreamed of absolute power, the kind that forces to kneel, that forces the enemy to capitulate, finally converting him, and the ...
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Exile and the Kingdom, "The Renegade or a Confused Spirit," p. 41, Gallima...
  • You see, a person of my acquaintance used to divide people into three categories: those who would prefer to have nothing to hide than have to lie, those who would rather lie than have nothing to hide,...
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 125, Gallimard (1956).
  • 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- nation...
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher and author. "Helen's Exile," The Myth of Sisyphus & Other Essays (first published 1948, repr. 19...
  • ''Generally, I like all islands. There, it is easier to rule.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 49, Gallimard (1956).
  • ''Whereas the Greeks gave to will the boundaries of reason, we have come to put the will's impulse in the very center of reason, which has, as a result, become deadly.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Helen's Exile," The Myth of Sisyphus & Other Essays (first publ. 1948, 1955).
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