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 :: 1913-1960, French Existential Writer

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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 - [Media]

 

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A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images.
~ Albert Camus - [Books and Reading]

 

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A sub-clerk in the post-office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them.
~ Albert Camus - [Consciousness]

 

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Absolute virtue is impossible and the republic of forgiveness leads, with implacable logic, to the republic of the guillotine.
~ Albert Camus - [Forgiveness]

 

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Accept life, take it as it is? Stupid. The means of doing otherwise? Far from our having to take it, it is life that possesses us and on occasion shuts our mouths.
~ Albert Camus - [Life and Living]

 

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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 - [Murder]

 

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

 

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Alas after a certain age, every man is responsible for his own face.
~ Albert Camus - [Faces]

 

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All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.
~ Albert Camus - [Greatness]

 

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As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.
~ Albert Camus - [Cities and City Life]

 

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As usual I finish the day before the sea, sumptuous this evening beneath the moon, which writes Arab symbols with phosphorescent streaks on the slow swells. There is no end to the sky and the waters. How well they accompany sadness!
~ Albert Camus - [Sea]

 

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

 

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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 - [Beauty]

 

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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 - [Beauty]

 

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But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a person and life they lead.
~ Albert Camus - [Happiness]

 

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

 

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

 

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Children will still die unjustly even in a perfect society. Even by his greatest effort, man can only propose to diminish, arithmetically, the sufferings of the world.
~ Albert Camus - [Injustice]

 

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Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.
~ Albert Camus - [Culture]

 

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Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; Don't walk behind me, I may not lead; Walk beside me, and just be my friend.
~ Albert Camus - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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