Quotations From ALBERT CAMUS


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  • An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. Notebooks (1935-42) (1962).

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  • We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. The Myth of Sisyphus, ch. 1 (1942, trans. 1955).

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  • Crime too is a form of solitude, even if one thousand get together to commit it. And it is right for me to die alone, after having lived and killed alone.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Martha in The Misunderstanding, act 2, sc. 2, Pléiade (1962).

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  • Truth, like light, is blinding. Lies, on the other hand, are a beautiful dusk, which enhances the value of each object.
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 126, Gallimard (1956).

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  • 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).

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  • 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).

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • ... 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).
  • 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).
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