Albert Camus was born 7 November 1913, and died 4 January 1960.
17 Albert Camus Quotes
- Live to the point of tears.
- Those who write clearly have readers; those who write obscurely have commentators.
- 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.
- A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
- In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
- You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
- There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.
- The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- The purpose of a writer is to keep civilisation from destroying itself.
- The need to be right — the sign of a vulgar mind.
- We must all know that each mediocrity, each surrender, each act of complacency will harm us as much as the enemy’s rifles.
- People can think only in images. If you want to be a philosopher, write novels.
- Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.
- Nobody realises that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
- It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.
- Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.
- 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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