Albert Camus

Albert Camus

Albert Camus (7 November 1913 – 4 January 1960) was a French philosopher, author, and journalist. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay The Rebel that his whole life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into individual freedom. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957.

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You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

Every man needs slaves like he needs clean air. To rule is to breathe is it not? And even the most disenfranchised get to breathe. The lowest on the social scale have their spouses or their children.

The society based on production is only productive, not creative.

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.

Don't wait for the last judgment - it takes place every day.

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.

A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.

Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.

By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.

How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.

But what is happiness, except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?

Beauty is unbearable drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.

He who despairs of the human condition is a coward but he who has hope for it is a fool.

The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.

To assert in any case that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good and no-one in his right mind will believe this today.

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.

One leader one people signifies one master and millions of slaves.

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