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Quotations From ALBERT CAMUS

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  • 1.
    Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Moderation and Excess," pt. 5, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).

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  • 2.
    It is easier to kill what we do not know.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). The Mother in The Misunderstanding, act 1, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).
  • 3.
    Children will still die unjustly even in a perfect society. Even by his greatest effort, man can only propose to diminish, arithmetically, the sufferings of the world.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Beyond Nihilism," pt. 5, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).

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  • 4.
    [Love] is the type of disease that spares neither the intelligent nor the idiotic.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caligula, act 1, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).

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  • 5.
    As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. Notebooks 1935-1942, entry for March 1940 (1962).

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  • 6.
    An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. Notebooks (1935-42) (1962).

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  • 7.
    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.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. The Myth of Sisyphus, ch. 1 (1942, trans. 1955).

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  • 8.
    Crime too is a form of solitude, even if one thousand get together to commit it. And it is right for me to die alone, after having lived and killed alone.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Martha in The Misunderstanding, act 2, sc. 2, Pléiade (1962).

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  • 9.
    Truth, like light, is blinding. Lies, on the other hand, are a beautiful dusk, which enhances the value of each object.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 126, Gallimard (1956).

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  • 10.
    Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Beyond Nihilism," pt. 5, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).

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