Albert Camus


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  • ''... I suppose that it is not so easy to go home and it takes a bit of time to make a son out of a stranger.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Jan in The Misunderstanding, act 1, sc. 2, Pléiade 91962).
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  • ''Happiness is not everything and men have their duties. Mine is to find my mother, a homeland''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Jan in The Misunderstanding, act 1, sc. 3, Pléiade (1962).
  • ''In the end, we would like not to be guilty while at the same time being dispensed of the effort of purifying ourselves. Not enough cynicism and not enough virtue.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 89, Gallimard (1956).
  • ''You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. Jean-Baptiste Clamence, in The Fall, p. 43 (1956, repr. 1957).
  • ''In truth, I was so good at being a man, with such plenitude and simplicity, that I thought I was something of a superman.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 33, Gallimard (1956).
  • ''History has shown that the less people read, the more books they buy.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Jonas' father, an editor, in Exile and the Kingdom, "Jonas, or The Artist at Work," p. 105, Gallimard (1957).
  • ''A novel is never anything but a philosophy put into images.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. repr. In Selected Essays and Notebooks, ed. and trans. by Philip Thody (1970). La Nausée, Alger Républicain (Algiers, Oct. 20, 1938). Review of Jean Paul Sartre.
  • ''Something must happen; that is the reason for most human relationships. Something must happen; even servitude in love, in war, or death.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 41, Gallimard (1956).
  • ''Martyrs, my dear friend, must choose to be forgotten, mocked or used. As to being understood, never.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 81, Gallimard (1956).
  • ''Ah! you can die, the world can collapse, I have lost the one I love. I must now live in this terrible solitude where memory is torture.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Maria to Martha, in The Misunderstanding, act 2, sc. 2, Pléiade (1962).

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