Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quotes

  • ''Are you involved in politics now? Leave that to the writers and to the ugly girls.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Rateau to his friend Jonas, in Exile and the Kingdom, "Jonas or The Artist at Work," p. 121, Gallimard (1957).
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  • ''I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. The narrator, Jean-Baptiste Clamence, in The Fall (1956).
  • ''... 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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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