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Quotations From ALBERT CAMUS

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  • 131.
    All I want is the moon, Helicon. I know in advance what will kill me. I have not yet exhausted all that can make me live. That is why I want the moon.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caligula in Caligula, act 3, sc. 3, Pléiade (1962).

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  • 132.
    What is a rebel? A man who says no.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. The Rebel, ch. 1 (1951, trans. 1953). Opening sentence.
  • 133.
    I cannot choose [to kill Caligula] because, aside from the pain I am suffering, I suffer too from his pain. My problem is that I understand everything.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Scipio in Caligula, act 4, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).

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  • 134.
    More and more, revolution has found itself delivered into the hands of its bureaucrats and doctrinaires on the one hand, and to the enfeebled and bewildered masses on the other.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "State Terrorism and Rational Terror," pt. 3, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).
  • 135.
    Nihilism is not only despair and negation, but above all the desire to despair and to negate.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "The Rejection of Salvation," pt. 2, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).

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  • 136.
    Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. But without freedom, no socialism either, except the socialism of the gallows.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. repr. In Resistance, Rebellion, and Death (1961). "Socialism of the Gallows," interview, Demain (Paris, 21 Feb. 1957).

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  • 137.
    In this vast country that he had so loved, he was alone.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Daru in Algeria, in Exile and the Kingdom, "The Guest," p. 49, Gallimard (1957).

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  • 138.
    Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price of goods that they cannot do without.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caligula in Caligula, act 1, sc. 8, Pléiade (1962).
  • 139.
    Being is good, but getting rich is better.... If the gods had only the riches of men's adoration, they would be as poor as poor Caligula.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caligula in Caligula, act 3, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).
  • 140.
    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 (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Rebellion and Revolution," pt. 3, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).

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