Quotations From ALBERT CAMUS


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  • I have no more patience for this Europe where Autumn wears the face of Spring and Spring reeks of misery.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Martha in The Misunderstanding, act 2, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).

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  • I am alive again, now that I can no longer stand to live.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). The Mother in The Misunderstanding, act 2, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).
  • Mother died today. Or perhaps it was yesterday, I don't know.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. Mersault, in The Outsider, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1944).

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  • After all, I do not have so many ways of proving that I am free. We is always free at the expense of someone else. It is a bother, but it is normal.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caligula, act 2, sc. 9, Pléiade (1962).
  • There is the good and the bad, the great and the low, the just and the unjust. I swear to you that all that will never change.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caesonia in Caligula, act 1, sc. 11, Pléiade (1962).

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  • Martyrs, cher ami, must choose between being forgotten, mocked or made use of. As for being understood—never!
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. narrator (Jean-Baptiste Clamence), in The Fall, p. 57 (1956, repr. 1957).
  • Murder is terribly exhausting.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). The Mother in The Misunderstanding, act 1, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).

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  • Whoever today speaks of human existence in terms of power, efficiency, and "historical tasks" ... is an actual or potential assassin.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. Address, 1946, Columbia University, New York City. Quoted in Paul West, The Wine of Absurdity, "Albert Camus," (1966).

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  • Methods of thought which claim to give the lead to our world in the name of revolution have become, in reality, ideologies of consent and not of rebellion.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Rebellion and Revolution," pt. 3, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).

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  • The French Revolution gave birth to no artists but only to a great journalist, Desmoulins, and to an under-the-counter writer, Sade. The only poet of the times was the guillotine.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. The Rebel, pt. 4 (1951, trans. 1953).

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