Albert Camus

Albert Camus

French writer and essayist

Lived from: 1913-1960

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Albert Camus

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    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.
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    More and more, revolution has found itself delivered into the hands of its bureaucrats and doctrinaires on the one hand, and to the enfeebled and bewildered masses on the other.
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    More and more, when faced with the world of men, the only reaction is one of individualism. Man alone is an end unto himself. Everything one tries to do for the common good ends in failure.
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    Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
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    Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
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    One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.
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    Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence.
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    Our civilization survives in the complacency of cowardly or malignant minds - a sacrifice to the vanity of aging adolescents. In 1953, excess is always a comfort, and sometimes a career.
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    Politics and the fate of mankind are shaped by men without ideals and without greatness. Men who have greatness within them don't go in for politics.
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    Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
    Original: La vraie générosité envers l'avenir consiste à tout donner au présent.
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    Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference.
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    Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
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    Revolution, in order to be creative, cannot do without either a moral or metaphysical rule to balance the insanity of history.
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    Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
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    Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.