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Albert Camus born on 7 November 1913 was a French-Algerian philosopher, journalist and author. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957 and was the second-youngest recipient. Studied at the University of Algiers and graduated in 1936. Died on January 4, 1960 at the age of 46, in a car accident. Camus was buried in Lourmarin Cemetery, Lourmarin, Vaucluse, France. You may visit www.nobelprize.org/camus-bio for more information of Albert Camus biography.

Albert Camus Quotes on Love and Life.

Albert Camus Quotes

• Find your happiness in yourself.

• Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day.

• Within me there lay an invincible summer.

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

• Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.

• Those who lack of courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.

• I rebel; therefore I exist.

• I know simply that the sky will last longer than I.

• Nothing in life si worth, turning your back on, if you love it.

• Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocenceand an appeal to the essence of being.

• Truth, like light, binds.

• What is a rebel? A man who says no.

• You can't create experience, you undergo it.

• There is scarcely any passion without struggle.

• Friendship is less simple. It is long and hard to obtain but when one has it there's no getting rid of it; one simply has to cope with it.

• People hasten to judge in order not to be judge themselves. 

• We are all special cases.

• Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it. 

• I had been right, I was still right, I was always right. I had lived my life one way and I could just as well lived it another. I had done this and I hadn't done that. I hadn't done this thing but I had done another. And so?

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

• The welfare of humanity is always the ability of tyrants.

• You will always win if you make an effort, no atter how much. However, if you failed it means you were too lazy.

• Am I happy or unhappy? It's not a very important question.

• The feeling that we are all neglected and lonely but not so lonely that "others" do not see us in trouble, saves us from the worst suffering.

• They were silent, humiliated by this return of the defeated, furious at their own silence, but the more it was prolonged the less capable they were of breaking it.

Albert Camus Quotes

• The act of love is confession.

• It is necessary to fall in love.. If only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway.

• Charm is a way of getting the answer "yes" without asking a clear question.

• A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.

• There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic.

• Between the certainty I have of my existence and the content I try to give to that assurance, the gap will never be filled.

• Some people talk in their sleep. Lectures talk while other people sleep.

• 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.

• And never have I felt so deeply at one and the same time so detached from myself and so present in the world.

• Between history and the eternal I have chosen history because I like certainty.

• Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness.

• I would like to be able to breathe - to be able to love her by memory or fidelity. But my heart aches. I love you continuousl, intensely.

• When I look at my life and its secret colors, I feel like bursting into tears.

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

• I don't want to be a genius - I have enough problems just trying to be a man.

• I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn't.

• Allow your little mind to do nothing but function.

• At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman.

• If something is going to happen to me, I want to be there.

• Happiness and the absurd are two sons of the same earth. They are inseparable.

• A practical rule: a man which is wise in one area may be silly in others.

• It takes time to live. Like any work of art, life needs to be thought about.

• War teaches us to lose everything and become what we were not.

• The world is beautiful, and this is everything. 

• When a conscious being appeared, the world went blank.

Albert Camus Quotes

• But the heart has its own memory and I have forgotten nothing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

• What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying. 

• I looked up at the mass of signs and stars in the sky and laid myself open for the first time to the benign indifference of the world.

• I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. 

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

• I know that man is capable of great deed. But if he isn't capable of great emotion, well, he leave me cold. 

• Always there comes an hour one is weary of one's work and devotion to duty, and all one craves for is a loved face, the warmth and wonder of a loving heart.

• There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the light.

• Your success and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.

• Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid. 

• I love life - that's my real weakness. I love it so much that I am incapable of imagining what is not life.

• A man is more a man through the things he keeps to himself than through those he says.

• I've never really had much of an imagination. But still I would try to picture the exact moment when the beating of my heart would no longer be going on inside my head.

• Believe me there is no such thing as great suffering, great regret, great memory... everything is forgotten, even a great love.

• What doesn't kill you make you stronger and stronger.

• Give up the tyranny of female charm.

• Every achievement is a servitude. It compels to a higher achievement.

• Somebody have to have the last words. Otherwise, every reason can be answered with another one and there would never be an end to it.

• Don't let them tell us stories. 

Albert Camus Quotes

• Friendship often ends in love, but love in friendship - never. 

• There is no love of life without despair of life.

• Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.

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

• A person's life purpose is nothing more than to rediscover, through the detours of art or love or passionate work, those one or two images in the presence of which his heart first opened. 

• We are all born mad, some remain so.

• 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 opinions theh have of themselves.

• We must learn how to lend ourselves to dreaming when dreams lend themselves to us.

• If we believe in nothing, if nothing has any meaning and if we can affirm no value whatsoever, then everything is possible and nothing has any importance.

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

• What made me run was doubtless not so much the fear of settling down, but of settling down permanently in something ugly. 

• 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.

• But sometimes it takes courage to live than to shoot yourself. 

• I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.

• They knew now that if there is one thing one can always yearn for, and sometimes attain, it is human love.

• I realized then that a man who had lived only one day could easily live for a hundred years in prison. He would have enough memories to keep him from being bored. 

• It is better to burn than to disappear.

• After awhile you could get used to anything.

• I had the whole sky in my eyes and it was blue and gold.

• It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think that can be happy without money.

• If it were sufficient to love, things would be too easy. 

• I longed to love as some people long to cry. I felt every hours I slept now would be an hour stolen from life.

• There are very few large and many poor feelings in everyone's life.

• A love that does not near collision with reality is not a real love. 

• I have always felt I lived on the high seas, threatened, at the heart of a royal happiness. 

Albert Camus Quotes

• Happiness, too, is a long patience.

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

• The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretches 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.

• All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.

• 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 time.

• Words always take on the color of the deeds or sacrifices they evoke. 

• When the soul suffer too much, it develops a taste for misfortune.

• Listen to the point of tears. 

• Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.

• Against internal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.

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

• Today we are always as ready to judge as we are to fornicate. 

• But What does it mean, the plague? It's life, that's all.

• There is a terrible emptiness in me, an indifference that hurts.

• At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.

• All men have a sweetness in their life. That is what helps them go on. It is towards that they turn when they feel too worn out.

• We are going forward, but nothing changes. 

• There is life and there is a death, and there are beauty and melancholy between.

• To lose one's life is no greater matter; when the time comes I'll have the courage to lose mine. But what's intolerable is to see one's life being drained of meaning, to be told there's no reason for existing. A man can't live without some reason for living. 

• Rebellion cannot exist without a strange form of love.

• The world I live in is loathsome to me, but I feel one with the men who suffer in it.

• There are accidents that last the whole life.

• You know very well that I no longer think I am far too intelligent for that.

• In the long run one gets used to anything.

• And with pain and joy, their hearts learned to hear that double lesson which leads to a happy death.

Albert Camus Quotes

• Nothing as more despicable than respect based on fear.

• To marry a woman who you love and who loves you is to lay a wager with her as to who will stop loving the other first.

• Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that's what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.

• Nothing in the world is worth turning one's back on what one loves. 

• She has accepted him as he was and had spared him a great deal of loneliness.

• You always get exaggerated notions about things you don't know anything about. 

• Am well. Thinking of you. Love.

• Art and revolt will die with the last man.

• One must not talk about his doubts, whatever they may be.

• Life is crammed with events that encourages us to want to get old. 

• There's risk of being loved... and that would keep me from being happy.

• Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.

• Tell me about yourself and describe the sun to a miserable wretch who has no roots anywhere and who remains your faithful.

• You make the mistake of thinking you have to choose, that you have to do what you want, that there are conditions for happiness.

• Myth are made for the imagination to breathe life into them.

• What we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for others remains in the world today.

• The moment when I am no longer more than a writer, I will cease to write.

• By giving too much importance to fine actions one may end by paying an indirect but powerful tribute to evil, because in doing so one implies that such fine actions are only valuable because they are rare, and that malice or indifference are far more common motives in the actions of men.

• That's why I like you so much. Your heart isn't dead.

• I've learned less about people, since their destiny interests me more than their reactions, and destinies tend to repeat each other.

• One grows out of pity when it's useless. 

• We don't have time to ourselves. We only have time to be happy. 

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

• I had lived my life one way and I could just as well have lived it another. 

• Become so very free that your whole existence is an act of rebellion. 

Albert Camus Quotes

• You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.

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

• Blessed are the heart that can bend; they shall never be broken.

• The hardest thing is to go on living and not to believe in one's own lies.

• The most destitute men often end up by accepting illusion.

• Healthy people have a natural skill of avoiding feverish eyes.

• To hold two ideas that contradict each other is to flirt with absurdity, and humans are creatures who spend their lives trying to convince themselves that their existence is not absurd. 

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

• I've got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guts to live?

• Comfortable optimism surely seems like a bad joke in today's world.

• Even in the prisoner's dock it's always interesting to hear people talk about you. 

• Man is an idea, and a precious idea once he turn his back on love.

• How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!

• One dies if necessary, one breaks rather than bending. 

• And I tried to listen again, because the prosecutor started talking about my soul.

• A loveless world is a dead world.

• Whatever prevents you from work has become your work. 

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

• What I believe to be true I must therefore preserve. What seems to me so obvious, even against me, I must support.

• You're never altogether unhappy.

• Without giving up anything on the plane of justice, yield nothing on the plane of freedom.

• Even the sea had last its deep blue color and, beneath the misty sky, took on the sheen of silver or iron, making it painful to look at.

• I am too much in love with my lies and hypocrisies not to confess them fervently.

• Having money is a way of being free of money.

• Great feelings take with them their own universe, splendid or abject. 

Albert Camus Quotes

• I have always loved everything about you. Even what I didn't understand.

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

• An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.

• I shall tell you a great secret. Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day.

• A pure love is a dead love.

• Deepest thoughts and major works eventually become insignificant. 

• There is so much stubborn hope in human heart. The most destitute of men often end up by accepting illusion.

• You help far more when you depict a person favorably than instruct its weaknesses.

• In those quiet places where my heart once spoke to your... I breathed eternal summer.

• You only demand clarity because you're too comfortable within your vagueness.

• We get into habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.

• To stay or to go, it amounted to the same thing. 

• She was waiting, but she didn't for what.

• Everything is true, and nothing is true!

• They hurt each other without wanting to, just because each represented to the others the cruel and demanding necessity of their lives.

• In good days, if you trust life, life has to answer you.

• Like great works, deep feelings always mean more than they are conscious of saying. 

• You have so much inside you, and the noblest happiness of all.

• Here lives a free man. Nobody serves him. 

• A human heart has tiresome tendency to label as fate only what crushed. 

• I make myself strict rules in order to correct my nature. But it is my nature that I finally obey. 

• I opened myself up to the gentle indifference of the world. Finding I so much like myself.

• When the time to die comes, it does not matter how and when it happens.

• How do you put everyone in the pool, so you have the right to dry yourself in the sun?

• There is something divine in mindless beauty.

Albert Camus Quotes

• Life is the sum of your choices.

• Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.

• Seeking what's true is not seeking what is desirable.

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

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

• Thus each of us had to be content to live only for the day, alone under the vast indifference of the sky.

• There are more things to admire in men then to despise.

• Sometimes, from beyond the skyscrapers, the cry of tugboat finds you in your insomnia, and you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island. 

• A liking for the truth at all cost is a passion that spares nothing and that nothing can withstand.

• We don't have the time to completely be ourselves. We only have the room to be happy.

• Don't just wait for a man to come along. That's the mistake so many women make. Find your happiness in yourself.

• It is immoral not to tell.

• You do not have to unburden your soul for everyone; it will be enough if you do that for those you love.

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

• An achievement is a bondage. It obliges one to a higher achievement.

• Lying is not longer a single idea explaining everything, but an infinite numbers of essence giving a meaning to an infinite numbers of objects. The world comes to a stop, but also light up.

• Knowing we all gonna die makes life a joke.

• To create is to live twice.

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

• Those who love, friends and lover, know that love is not only a blinding flash, but also a long and painful struggle in the darkness for the realization if definitive and reconciliation.

• Only the one who does not in what is life may believe that it is beautiful and easy.

• My moral code is no more or less than any my like and dislike.

• Everything I know of morality, I learned on the soccer field. 

• The future is the only kind of property that the masters willingly conceded to the slaves.

• Fate is not in a man but around him.

Albert Camus Quotes

• Life is absurd.

• To be happy, we must not be concerned too much about others.

• Why should it be essential to love rarely in order to love much?

• In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.

• Still, obviously, one can't be sensible all the time.

• For ever, I shall be a stranger to myself. 

• Beginning to think is beginning to be undermined.

• To love we share with a city are often secret love.

• You will never be able to experience everything. So, please, do poetical justice to your soul and simply experience yourself.

• Existence is illusory and it is eternal.

• Youth is above all a collection of possibilities.

• At the end of every freedom there isa sentence, which is why freedom is too heavy to bear.

• Solitude is the luxury of the rich.

• But above all, in order to be, never try to seem.

• This very heart which is mine will forever indefinable to me.

• Rule: Start by looking for what is valid in every man.

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

• It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting. 

• Thinking is learning all over again how to see, directing one's consciousness, making of every image a privileged place.

• For there is merely bad luck in not being loved; there is misfortune in not loving. 

• When a man has learned how to remain alone with his suffering, how to overcome his longing to flee, then he has little left to learn.

• We call love what binds us to certain creatures only by reference to a collective way of seeing for which books and legends are responsible.

• It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.

• Maybe it's not about happy ending. Maybe it's about the story.

• People can think only in images. If you want to be a philosopher, write novels.

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