Quotations From ALBERT CAMUS


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  • Just as all thought, and primarily that of non-signification, signifies something, so there is no art that has no signification.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. The Rebel, pt. 4 (1951, trans. 1953).
  • A man of honor is so rare an animal in this world that I could not stand the sight of him for too long.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caligula in Caligula, act 3, sc. 4, Pléiade (1962).

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  • Every revolutionary ends by becoming either an oppressor or a heretic.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Rebellion and Revolution," ch. 3, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).
  • 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 (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. The Rebel, pt. 4 (1951, trans. 1953).

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  • Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Rebellion and Revolution," pt. 3, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).

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  • All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the state.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).

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  • Men cry because things are not what they ought to be.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caligula in Caligula, act 1, sc. 11, Pléiade (1962).
  • Revolution, in order to be creative, cannot do without either a moral or metaphysical rule to balance the insanity of history.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Rebellion and Revolution," pt. 3, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).

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  • ... it is true that I do not respect [human life] more than I respect my own life. And if it is easy for me to kill, that is because it is difficult for me to die.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caligula in Caligula, act 3, sc. 2, Pléiade (1962).

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  • One grows out of pity when it's useless.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), Algerian-born French journalist, writer. The Plague, part 2, ch. 2, p. 77, trans. by Stuart Gilbert, Penguin Modern Classics (1948).
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