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  Peace is the only battle worth waging.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  Integrity has no need of rules.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  I rebel; therefore I exist.  
 -  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
  

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

  Everything considered, a determined soul will always manage.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  If only nature is real and if, in nature, only desire and destruction are legitimate, then, in that all humanity does not suffice to assuage the thirst for blood, the path of destruction must lead to universal annihilation.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  My chief occupation, despite appearances, has always been love.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.  
 -  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
  

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

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

  At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman, and these hills, the softness of the sky, the outline of these trees at this very minute lose the illusory meaning with which we had clothed them, henceforth more remote than a lost paradise... that denseness and that strangeness of the world is absurd.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  We are all born mad, some remain so.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  The only conception of freedom I can have is that of the prisoner or the individual in the midst of the State. The only one I know is freedom of thought and action.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  The principles which men give to themselves end by overwhelming their noblest intentions.  
 -  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
  

  Let's not beat around the bush - I love life. That's my real weakness. I love it so much that I am incapable of imagining what is not life.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  We are not certain, we are never certain. If we were we could reach some conclusions, and we could, at last, make others take us seriously.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Culture: The cry of men in face of their destiny.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  What is a rebel? A man who says no.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  We all carry within us places of exile, our crimes, our ravages. Our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to transform them in ourselves and others.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  The most important thing you do everyday you live is deciding not to kill yourself.  
 -  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
  

  Life can be magnificent and overwhelming - that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  If Christianity is pessimistic as to man, it is optimistic as to human destiny. Well, I can say that, pessimistic as to human destiny, I am optimistic as to man.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

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

  Live to the point of tears.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Believe me, there is no such thing as great suffering, great regret, great memory. Everything is forgotten, even great love.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  Your success and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Always go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  Absolute justice is achieved by the suppression of all contradiction: Therefore it destroys freedom.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  We come into the world laden with the weight of an infinite necessity.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  It is better to bet on this life than on the next.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Men are never convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity, of the seriousness of your sufferings, except by your death. So long as you are alive, your case is doubtful; you have a right only to their skepticism.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.  
 -  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
  

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

  But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  All systems of morality are based on the idea that an action has consequences that legitimize or cancel it. A mind imbued with the absurd merely judges that those consequences must be considered calmly.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  Believe me, for certain men at least, not taking what one doesnt desire is the hardest thing in the world.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Since we're all going to die, it is obvious that when and how dont matter.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Believe me, religions are on the wrong track the moment they moralize and fulminate commandments. God is not needed to create guilt or to punish. Our fellow men suffice, aided by ourselves.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  We must learn how to lend ourselves to dreaming when dreams lend themselves to us.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  A living man can be enslaved and reduced to the historic condition of an object. But if he dies in refusing to be enslaved, he reaffirms the existence of another kind of human nature which refuses to be classified as an object.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  In default of inexhaustible happiness, eternal suffering would at least give us a destiny. But we do not even have that consolation, and our worst agonies come to an end one day.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Fate is not in man but around him.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  So many men are deprived of grace. How can one live without grace? One has to try it and do what Christianity never did: Be concerned with the damned.  
 -  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
  

  Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Happiness and the absurd are two sons of the same earth. They are inseparable.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.  
 -  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
  

  If the world were clear, art would not exist.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  I continue to believe that this world has no ultimate meaning. But I know that something in it has a meaning and that is man, because he is the only creature to insist on having one.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  A loveless world is a dead world.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Human relationships always help us to carry on because they always presuppose further developments, a future, and also because we live as if our only task was precisely to have relationships with other people.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Only it takes time to be happy. A lot of time. Happiness, too, is a long patience.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  A punishment that penalizes without forestalling is indeed called revenge.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn't capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

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

  With rebellion, awareness is born.  
 -  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
  

  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
  

  To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself. We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  The true university of these days is a collection of books.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Having money is a way of being free of money.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  Life is absurd and cannot be an end, but only a beginning. This is a truth nearly all great minds have taken as their starting point.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  If the world were clear, art would not exist.  
 -  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
  

  Your success and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Integrity has no need of rules.  
 -  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
  

  Life can be magnificent and overwhelming - that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  Having money is a way of being free of money.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Everything considered, a determined soul will always manage.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  Peace is the only battle worth waging.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  So many men are deprived of grace. How can one live without grace? One has to try it and do what Christianity never did: Be concerned with the damned.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.  
 -  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
  

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

  My chief occupation, despite appearances, has always been love.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

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

  There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  We all carry within us places of exile, our crimes, our ravages. Our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to transform them in ourselves and others.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Life can be magnificent and overwhelming - that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Believe me, religions are on the wrong track the moment they moralize and fulminate commandments. God is not needed to create guilt or to punish. Our fellow men suffice, aided by ourselves.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist.  
 -  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
  

  Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  In short, they were gambling on their luck, and luck is not to be coerced.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  If Christianity is pessimistic as to man, it is optimistic as to human destiny. Well, I can say that, pessimistic as to human destiny, I am optimistic as to man.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  A punishment that penalizes without forestalling is indeed called revenge.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Men are never convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity, of the seriousness of your sufferings, except by your death. So long as you are alive, your case is doubtful; you have a right only to their skepticism.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

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

  In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

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

  After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one's landlady.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.  
 -  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
  

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

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

  You have the freedom to choose your actions, you don't have the freedom to choose the consequences of your actions.  
 -  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
  

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

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

  To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything.  
 -  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
  

  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
  

  The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.  
 -  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
  

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

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

  Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.  
 -  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
  

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

  The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody.  
 -  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
  

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

  Integrity has no need of rules.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.  
 -  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
  

  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.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

  The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

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

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

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

  After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.  
 -  Albert Camus