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Quotations From ALBERT CAMUS

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  • 21.
    Ah! my friend, for whomever is alone, without a god and without a master, the weight of time is terrible. One must then choose a master, God being out of style.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. P. 139, Gallimard (1956).

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  • 22.
    [Paris] is dirty. It has pigeons and black yards. The people have white skin.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Meursault describes Paris to his fiancee, in The Stranger, p. 65, Gallimard (1942).

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  • 23.
    [Liberty] is a chore ... and a long-distance race, quite solitary, quite exhausting.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 139, Gallimard (1956).
  • 24.
    In Holland, everyone is an expert in painting and in tulips.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 44, Gallimard (1956).
  • 25.
    What would become of the world if the condemned started to confide their heartaches to the executioners?
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Martha in The Misunderstanding, act 1, sc. 8, Pléiade (1962).

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  • 26.
    The main thing is that everything become simple, easy enough for a child to understand; that each act be ordered, that good and evil be decided arbitrarily, thus clearly.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 141, Gallimard (1956).

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  • 27.
    Old women even forget how to love their sons. The heart gets worn out, Monsieur.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Martha in The Misunderstanding, act 1, sc. 6, Pléiade (1962).

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  • 28.
    The only conception of freedom I can have is that of the prisoner or the individual in the midst of the State. The only one I know is freedom of thought and action.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. The Myth of Sisyphus, ch. 1 (1942, trans. 1955).

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  • 29.
    Men are never convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity, of the seriousness of your sufferings, except by your death. So long as you are alive, your case is doubtful; you have a right only to your skepticism.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. the narrator (Jean-Baptiste Clamence), in The Fall, p. 56 (1956, repr. 1957).

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  • 30.
    How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caligula, act 1, sc. 11, Pléiade 91962).
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