Albert Camus

Literary Birthday – 7 November – Albert Camus

Albert Camus was born 7 November 1913, and died 4 January 1960.

17 Albert Camus Quotes

  1. Live to the point of tears.
  2. Those who write clearly have readers; those who write obscurely have commentators.
  3. You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
  4. A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
  5. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
  6. You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
  7. There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.
  8. The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
  9. The purpose of a writer is to keep civilisation from destroying itself.
  10. The need to be right — the sign of a vulgar mind.
  11. We must all know that each mediocrity, each surrender, each act of complacency will harm us as much as the enemy’s rifles.
  12. People can think only in images. If you want to be a philosopher, write novels.
  13. Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.
  14. Nobody realises that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
  15. It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.
  16. Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.
  17. We all carry within us places of exile, our crimes, our ravages. Our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to transform them in ourselves and others.

Albert Camus was a French author, journalist, and philosopher. He was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature. He was the second-youngest recipient of the prize, after Rudyard Kipling, and the first African-born writer to receive it. He died in a car accident two years after receiving the award. His novels include The Plague, The Fall, and The Stranger.


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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 7th November 2012