Quotations From ALBERT CAMUS

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  • 91.
    Absolute virtue is impossible and the republic of forgiveness leads, with implacable logic, to the republic of the guillotine.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "The Regicides," pt. 3, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).
  • 92.
    The world is unimportant and whoever recognizes this conquers his liberty.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caligula in Caligula, act 1, sc. 10, Pléiade (1962).

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  • 93.
    We come into the world laden with the weight of an infinite necessity.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Reflections on the Guillotine," Resistance, Rebellion and Death (1961).

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  • 94.
    Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. The Rebel, introduction (1951, trans. 1953).
  • 95.
    The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. The Rebel, pt. 4 (1951, trans. 1953).

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  • 96.
    Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. The Rebel, pt. 3 (1951, trans. 1953).

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  • 97.
    In order to exist just once in the world, it is necessary never again to exist.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. The Rebel, pt. 4 (1951, trans. 1953).

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  • 98.
    Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Reflections on the Guillotine," Resistance, Rebellion and Death (1961). Discussing the failure of capital punishment to act as a deterrent.

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  • 99.
    I am too far away from what I love and my distance is without remedy.
    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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  • 100.
    Martyrs, my dear friend, must choose to be forgotten, mocked or used. As to being understood, never.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 81, Gallimard (1956).

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