Albert Camus


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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  • ''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).
  • ''Friendship is not so simple. It is hard to get and takes a long time, but when one ha it one cannot get rid of it, one has to face it.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 35, Gallimard (1956).
  • ''Old married people look so much alike that they have the same number of hairs in their ears.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Helicon in Caligula, act 4, sc. 6, Pléiade (1962).
  • ''I, who am speaking to you, if I had had the chance to choose my father, I would not have been born.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Helicon the slave in Caligula, act 1, sc. 1, Pléiade (19...
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