Albert Camus


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  • ''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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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Reflections on the Guillotine," Resistance, Rebellion and Death (1961).
  • ''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).
  • ''But who would dare condemn me in this world with no judges, where no one is innocent!''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caligula in Caligula, act 4, sc. 14, Pléiade (1962).
  • ''To abandon oneself to principles is really to die—and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "The Regicides," pt. 3, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).

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