54 Superb Quotes and Thoughts By Albert Camus

  1. A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
  2. A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
  3. A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
  4. Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.
  5. All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State.
  6. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
  7. At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.
  8. Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
  9. Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.
  10. By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
  11. Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.
  12. Don’t wait for the last judgment – it takes place every day.
  13. Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic.
  14. Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
  15. How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!
  16. I know of only one duty, and that is to love.
  17. In order to exist just once in the world, it is necessary never again to exist.
  18. In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.
  19. In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
  20. Integrity has no need of rules.
  21. It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.
  22. Man is an idea, and a precious small idea once he turns his back on love.
  23. Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.
  24. Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions.
  25. Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.
  26. Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
  27. Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
  28. One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.
  29. Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence.
  30. Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
  31. Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.
  32. The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.
  33. The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.
  34. The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.
  35. The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.
  36. The society based on production is only productive, not creative.
  37. There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.
  38. There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
  39. Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.
  40. To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one’s landlady.
  41. To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.
  42. To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
  43. Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
  44. Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
  45. We are all special cases.
  46. We call first truths those we discover after all the others.
  47. We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.
  48. We rarely confide in those who are better than we are.
  49. We turn toward God only to obtain the impossible.
  50. When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.
  51. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
  52. You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade.
  53. You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer ‘yes’ without having asked any clear question.
  54. Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.