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A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover,
by Albert Camus

A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover,
through the detours of art, those two or three great
and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.
- Albert Camus

Related topics: Work

What is happiness except the simple harmony
between a man and the life he leads?
- Albert Camus

Life is a sum of all your choices.
- Albert Camus

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
- Albert Camus

 

The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

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

Without work, all life goes rotten.
But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
- Albert Camus

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An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
- Albert Camus

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.
- Albert Camus

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.
- Albert Camus

You cannot create experience.
You must undergo it.
- Albert Camus

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

I would rather live my life as if there is a God and
die to find out there isn't,
than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.
- Albert Camus

When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.
- Albert Camus

Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.
- Albert Camus

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.
- Albert Camus

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there
was in me an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus

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

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
- Albert Camus

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself,
and dies of all others.
- Albert Camus

It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people
think they can be happy without money.
- Albert Camus

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
- Albert Camus

Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly
rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price
of goods that they cannot do without.
- Albert Camus

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

The myth of unlimited production brings war in its
train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm.
- Albert Camus

Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this
desire will dictate all his actions.
- Albert Camus

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

Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.
- Albert Camus

Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten,
mocked or used.
As for being understood - never.
- Albert Camus

Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.
- Albert Camus

A free press can, of course, be good or bad,
but, most certainly without freedom,
the press will never be anything but bad.
- Albert Camus

Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today,
could justify non-violence.
- Albert Camus

You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer
'yes' without having asked any clear question.
- Albert Camus

Integrity has no need of rules.
- Albert Camus

Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter
in history acknowledge what they want;
not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.
- Albert Camus

Men are convinced of your arguments,
your sincerity,
and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death.
- Albert Camus

For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps
not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for
another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.
- Albert Camus

To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
- Albert Camus

The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.
- Albert Camus

We turn toward God only to obtain the impossible.
- Albert Camus

After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk
of the most dreadful of deaths,
whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion.
- Albert Camus

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance,
and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence
if they lack understanding.
- Albert Camus

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

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

Some people talk in their sleep.
Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
- Albert Camus

The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart.
One must imagine Sisyphus happy.
- Albert Camus

We are all special cases.
- Albert Camus

There will be no lasting peace either in the heart
of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.
- Albert Camus

How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!
- Albert Camus

Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without
becoming a principle of evil.
- Albert Camus

Methods of thought which claim to give the lead to
our world in the name of revolution have become,
in reality, ideologies of consent and not of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

I shall tell you a great secret, my friend.
Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day.
- Albert Camus

Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom:
therefore they do not believe in dying completely.
- Albert Camus

You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes
only if you generously consent to share them.
- Albert Camus

Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone,
without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.
- Albert Camus

As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city.
Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.
- Albert Camus

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...
inside ourselves.
- Albert Camus

We continue to shape our personality all our life.
If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.
- Albert Camus

It is normal to give away a little of one's life in
order not to lose it all.
- Albert Camus

It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.
- Albert Camus

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
- Albert Camus

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies,
society, even when perfect, is but a jungle.
This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.
- Albert Camus

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.
- Albert Camus

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.
- Albert Camus

Those who write clearly have readers,
those who write obscurely have commentators.
- Albert Camus

Truth, like light, blinds.
Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight
that enhances every object.
- Albert Camus

Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us,
that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream,
which banishes all reason and analysis.
One must not wish first to understand and then to feel.
Art does not tolerate Reason.
- Albert Camus

To abandon oneself to principles is really to die -
and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
- Albert Camus

At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.
- Albert Camus

What the world requires of the Christians is that they
should continue to be Christians.
- Albert Camus

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


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