Albert Camus


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  • ''It is easier to kill what we do not know.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). The Mother in The Misunderstanding, act 1, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).
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  • ''Children will still die unjustly even in a perfect society. Even by his greatest effort, man can only propose to diminish, arithmetically, the sufferings of the world.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Beyond Nihilism," pt. 5, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).
  • ''I am alive again, now that I can no longer stand to live.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). The Mother in The Misunderstanding, act 2, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).
  • ''Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Beyond Nihilism," pt. 5, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).
  • ''Our civilization survives in the complacency of cowardly or malignant minds—a sacrifice to the vanity of ageing adolescents.... In 1953, excess is always a comfort, and sometimes a career.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Moderation and Excess," pt. 5, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).
  • ''There is the good and the bad, the great and the low, the just and the unjust. I swear to you that all that will never change.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caesonia in Caligula, act 1, sc. 11, Pléiade (1962).
  • ''Martyrs, cher ami, must choose between being forgotten, mocked or made use of. As for being understood—never!''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. narrator (Jean-Baptiste Clamence), in The Fall, p. 57 (1956, repr. 1957).
  • ''Murder is terribly exhausting.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). The Mother in The Misunderstanding, act 1, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).
  • ''This world, such as it is, is not tolerable. Therefore I need the moon, or happiness, or immortality, I need something which is perhaps demented, but which is not of this world.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caligula, act 1, sc. 4, Pléiade (1962).
  • ''We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. Notebooks, vol. 3, entry for Sept. 7, 1939 (1966).

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