Albert Camus


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  • ''But the world itself has no reason, and I can say so, I who have experienced it all, from the creation to the destruction.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). The Mother in The Misunderstanding, act 2, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).
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  • ''At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Absurd Walls," ch. 1, The Myth of Sisyphus (1942, trans. 1955).
  • ''I realized people would soon forget me once I was dead. I couldn't even say that this was hard to stomach; really, there's no idea to which one doesn't get acclimatized in time.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), Algerian-born French journalist, writer. Meursault, in The Outsider, part 2, ch. 5, p. 113, trans. by Stuart Gilbert, Penguin Modern Classics (1965). Meursault's reflections upon his imminent death.
  • ''Ah! I have lost my freedom, and hell is now beginning.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). The Mother in The Misunderstanding, act 2, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).
  • ''Manhattan. Sometimes from beyond the skyscrapers, across the hundreds of thousands of high walls, the cry of a tugboat finds you in your insomnia in the middle of the night, and you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. American Journals, April/May 1946 entry (1978, trans. 1988).
  • ''Once one's up against it, the precise manner of one's death has obviously small importance.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), Algerian-born French journalist, writer. Meursault, in The Outsider, part 2, ch. 5, p. 112, trans. by Stuart Gilbert, Penguin Modern Classics (1965). Meursault's reflections upon his imminent death.
  • ''... habit starts at the second crime. At the first one, something is ending.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). The Mother in The Misunderstanding, act 1, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).
  • ''To live is to hurt others, and through others, to hurt oneself. Cruel earth! How can we manage not to touch anything? To find what ultimate exile?''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. American Journals, entry for Aug. 1, 1949 (1978, trans. 1988).
  • ''We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes, and our ravages. But our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to fight them in ourselves and in others.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Moderation and Excess," pt. 5, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).
  • ''Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Moderation and Excess," pt. 5, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).

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