Albert Camus


Albert Camus Quotes

  • ''Lies are never innocent. And yours makes beings and things important. That is what I cannot forgive you.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caligula to Cherea, the writer, in Caligula, act 1, sc. 10, Pléiade (1962).
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  • ''There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Reflections on the Guillotine" last words, Resistance, Rebellion and Death (1961).
  • ''To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "The Regicides," pt. 3, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).
  • ''All men have a sweetness in their life. That is what helps them go on. It is towards that they turn when they feel too worn out.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Scipio in Caligula, act 2, sc. 14, Pléiade (1962).
  • ''From Paul to Stalin, the popes who have chosen Caesar have prepared the way for Caesars who quickly learn to despise popes.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "The Rejection of Salvation," pt. 2, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).
  • ''I cannot choose [to kill Caligula] because, aside from the pain I am suffering, I suffer too from his pain. My problem is that I understand everything.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Scipio in Caligula, act 4, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).
  • ''Nihilism is not only despair and negation, but above all the desire to despair and to negate.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "The Rejection of Salvation," pt. 2, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).
  • ''Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. But without freedom, no socialism either, except the socialism of the gallows.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. repr. In Resistance, Rebellion, and Death (1961). "Socialism of the Gallows," interview, Demain (Paris, 21 Feb. 1957).
  • ''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).
  • ''Accept life, take it as it is? Stupid. The means of doing otherwise? Far from our having to take it, it is life that possesses us and on occasion shuts our mouths.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Contradictions," (written c. 1933), published in Youthful Writings (1976).

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