Albert Camus Quotes

Albert Camus, 1913 – 1960

Born: 7 November 1913, Mondovi, French Algeria
Died: 4 January 1960, Villeblevin, France

Camus’ father died in battle the year after Camus’ birth, but despite poverty Camus got most of a college education before tuberculosis forced him to drop out. He went to France as a journalist in World War II, joined the Resistance, and shared editing of Combat, an underground daily in Paris, with Jean-Paul Sartre, another of the main Existentialist philosophers. Received Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, the first African-born winner and second-youngest (after Kipling).

Albert Camus quotes:

A character is never the author who created him. It is quite likely, however, that an author may be all his characters simultaneously.
    Albert Camus

A free press can of course be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad…. Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better, whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worse.
    Albert Camus

A novel is never anything but a philosophy put into images.
    Albert Camus

A person I knew used to divide human beings into three categories: Those who prefer to have nothing to hide rather than being obliged to lie, those who prefer lying to having nothing to hide, and finally those who like both lying and the hidden.
    Albert Camus

Absolute freedom mocks at justice. Absolute justice denies freedom. To be fruitful, the two ideas must find their limits in each other.
    Albert Camus

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

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.
    Albert Camus

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
    Albert Camus

Any authentic creation is a gift to the future.
    Albert Camus

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

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

Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
    Albert Camus

Don’t believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves.
    Albert Camus

Don’t wait for the Last Judgement. It takes place every day.
    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

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

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

Albert Camus
Don’t believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves.

Albert Camus
Don’t wait for the Last Judgement. It takes place every day.

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
Every act of rebelling expresses a nostalgia for innocence.

Albert Camus
Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic.

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
Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.

Albert Camus
Greatness consists in trying to be great. There is no other way.

Albert Camus
Happiness is the only thing one should ever be resigned to.

Albert Camus
Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.

Albert Camus
Here lives a free man. Nobody serves him.

Albert Camus
How many crimes are committed simply because their authors could not endure being wrong?

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I enjoyed my own nature to the fullest, and we all know that there lies happiness, although, to soothe one another mutually, we occasionally pretend to condemn such joys as selfishness.

Albert Camus

I know of only one duty, and that is to love.

Albert Camus
I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn’t.

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
I sometimes think of what future historians will say of us. A single sentence will suffice for modern man: he fornicated and read the papers.

Albert Camus
I was always able to understand my friend who decided to quit smoking and who, through an effort of will, succeeded in doing so. One morning, he opened the newspaper, read that the first H-bomb had exploded, found out about the bomb’s admirable effects and went straight to the tobacconist’s.

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If, after all, men cannot always make history have a meaning, they can always act so that their own lives have one.

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In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.

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

Albert Camus
Integrity has no need of rules.

Albert Camus

The Myth of Sisyphus (1942)
Intelligence in chains loses in lucidity what it gains in intensity.

Albert Camus

“Absolute Negation” in The Rebel (1951)
It is terrifying to see how easily, in certain people, all dignity collapses. Yet when you think about it, this is quite normal since they only maintain this dignity by constantly striving against their own nature.

Albert Camus
It is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners.

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Life is the sum of all your choices.

Albert Camus
Man cannot do without beauty, and this is what our era pretends to want to disregard.

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Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.

Albert Camus

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.

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journal entry (1946) in American Journals (1978)
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

Albert Camus
Nothing is harder to understand than a symbolic work. A symbol always transcends the one who makes use of it and makes him say in reality more than he is aware of expressing.

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

Albert Camus
One cannot be happy in exile or in oblivion. One cannot always be a stranger. I want to return to my homeland, make all my loved ones happy. I see no further than this.

Albert Camus
One recognizes one’s course by discovering the paths that stray from it.

Albert Camus

The Myth of Sisyphus (1942)
Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.

Albert Camus
Since we’re all going to die, it’s obvious that when and how don’t matter.

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

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. On the whole men are more good than bad; that, however, isn’t the real point. But they are more or less ignorant, and it is that we call vice or virtue; the most incorrigible vice being that of an ignorance which fancies it knows everything and therefore claims for itself the right to kill. The soul of a murderer is blind: and there can be no true goodness nor true love without the utmost clear-sightedness.

Albert Camus
The future is the only kind of property that the masters willingly concede to the slaves.

Albert Camus

The Rebel (1951)
The great courage is to stare as squarely at the light as at death.

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

Albert Camus
The slave and those whose present life is miserable and who can find no consolation in the heavens are assured that at least the future belongs to them. The future is the only kind of property that the masters willingly concede to the slaves.

Albert Camus

The Rebel (1951)
The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown. He must dominate in his turn.

Albert Camus

The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.

Albert Camus

closing lines of The Myth of Sisyphus (1942)
The temptation shared by all forms of intelligence: cynicism.

Albert Camus
The truth, as the light, makes blind.

Albert Camus
There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.

Albert Camus
There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.

Albert Camus
There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night.

Albert Camus
There is not love of life without despair about life.

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

Albert Camus
To know oneself, one should assert oneself.

Albert Camus
To lose the touch of flowers and women’s hands is the supreme separation.

Albert Camus
To two men living the same number of years, the world always provides the same sum of experiences. It is up to us to be conscious of them.

Albert Camus
Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.

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
Truth, like light is dazzling. By contrast, untruth is a beautiful sunset that enhances everything.

Albert Camus
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

We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love – first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.

Albert Camus
We have exiled beauty; the Greeks took up arms for her.

Albert Camus
We turn our backs on nature; we are ashamed of beauty. Our wretched tragedies have a smell of the office clinging to them, and the blood that trickles from them is the color of printer’s ink.

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, that it is inside ourselves.

Albert Camus

journal entry (7 September 1939), in Notebooks, Vol. 3 (1966)
What is a rebel? A man who says no.

Albert Camus
What then is capital punishment but the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal’s deed, however calculated it may be, can be compared? For there to be an equivalence, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal, who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horrible death on him, and who from that moment onward had confined him at his mercy for months. Such a monster is not encountered in private life.

Albert Camus
When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter.

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Whoever today speaks of human existence in terms of power, efficiency, and “historical tasks” is an actual or potential assassin.

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With rebellion, awareness is born.

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

Albert Camus

quoted by E. F. Shumacher in Good Work (1979)
You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.

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

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

Albert Camus

The Fall (1956)
You will never be happy if you keep searching for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you keep looking for the meaning of life without living it.

Albert Camus

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