Quotations From ALBERT CAMUS

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  • 51.
    A régime which invented a biological foreign policy was obviously acting against its own best interests. But at least it obeyed its own particular logic.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "State Terrorism and Irrational Terror," pt. 3, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).
  • 52.
    She especially liked being loved, and he had submerged her in his attentiveness. By making her feel so often that she existed for him, he made her truly exist. No, she was not alone.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Exile and the Kingdom, "The Adulterous Woman," p. 13, Gallimard (1957).

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  • 53.
    Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "The Artist and His Time," The Myth of Sisyphus & Other Essays (1955).

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  • 54.
    As the artist Jonas' name appeared in the gazettes, he began to be called upon, like all other celebrities, to denounce very revolting injustices.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Exile and the Kingdom, "Jonas, or the Artist at Work," p. 121, Gallimard (1957).
  • 55.
    A sub-clerk in the post-office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "The Absurd Man," The Myth of Sisyphus (1942, trans. 1955).
  • 56.
    [Many artists], even the greatest ones, are not sure of their own existence. So they search for proof, they judge, they condemn. It strengthens them, it is the beginnings of existence. They are alone!
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Exile and the Kingdom, "Jonas, or The Artist at Work," p. 126, Gallimard (1957).

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  • 57.
    It is a well-known fact that we always recognize our homeland when we are about to lose it.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. repr. In Selected Essays and Notebooks, ed. and trans. by Philip Thody (1970). "Summer in Algiers," Nuptials (1939).
  • 58.
    Marxism is not scientific: at the best, it has scientific prejudices.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "State Terrorism and Rational Terror," pt. 3, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).
  • 59.
    The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "State Terrorism and Rational Terror," pt. 3, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).

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  • 60.
    The principles which men give to themselves end by overwhelming their noblest intentions.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "State Terrorism and Rational Terror," pt. 3, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).
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