Albert Camus Quotes

The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor... view

By: Albert Camus

The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude... view

By: Albert Camus

The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves... view

By: Albert Camus

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

By: Albert Camus

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way... view

By: Albert Camus

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

By: Albert Camus

Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep... view

By: Albert Camus

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

By: Albert Camus

Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference... view

By: Albert Camus

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present... view

By: 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... view

By: Albert Camus

There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed... view

By: 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... view

By: Albert Camus

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear... view

By: Albert Camus

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession... view

By: 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... view

By: Albert Camus

To abandon oneself to principles is really to die - and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love... view

By: Albert Camus

Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators... view

By: 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... view

By: Albert Camus

Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it... view

By: Albert Camus

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

By: Albert Camus

There is the good and the bad, the great and the low, the just and the unjust. I swear to you that all that will never change... view

By: Albert Camus

There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn... view

By: Albert Camus

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide... view

By: 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... view

By: Albert Camus

The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants... view

By: Albert Camus

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

By: Albert Camus

Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want.. view

By: Albert Camus

One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves... view

By: Albert Camus