The 50 Best Albert Camus Quotes

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus quotes

 

Albert Camus quotes

Albert Camus was known for many things: novelist, playwright, essayist, and even philosopher (his work had important influences from some important philosophers like Nietzsche or Schopenhauer). 

Therefore, as an intellectual, he left us some important ideas in his work that you need to know. We have made a compilation of the best Albert Camus quotes. Read them below!

 

1
“Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.”
2
"When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him."
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
"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion."
5
“People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.”
6
"Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth."
7
“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead. Walk beside me, just be my friend.”
8
“O light! This is the cry of all the characters of ancient drama brought face to face with their fate. This last resort was ours, too, and I knew it now. In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.”
9
"No matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back."
10
"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."
11
“When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune.”
12
“Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”
13
"Life is a sum of all your choices. So, what are you doing today?"
14
“Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.”
15
"Life can be magnificent and overwhelming – that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live."
16
"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion."
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.”
18
"Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement."
19
“Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.”
20
"It is not paintings I like, it is your paintings."
21
"Life is meaningless, but worth living, provided you recognize its meaningless."
22
"Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better."
23
"We are all special cases."
24
“There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night.”
25
"It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money."
26
"Heroism is acessible. Happiness is more difficult."
27
“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”
28
"It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners."
29
"No cause justifies the deaths of innocent people."
30
"The role of the intellectual cannot be to excuse the violene of one side and condemn that of the other."
31
“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”
32
"What the world requires of the Christians is that they should continue to be Christians."
33
“It was previously a question of finding out whether or not life had to have a meaning to be lived. It now becomes clear on the contrary that it will be lived all the better if it has no meaning.”
34
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
35
"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
36
"I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn’t capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold"
37
"The need to be right – the sign of a vulgar mind."
38
"Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic."
39
"I was born poor and without religion, under a happy sky, feeling harmony, not hostility, in nature. I began not by feeling torn, but in plenitude."
40
"Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear."
41
"Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity."
42
“Mother used to say that however miserable one is, there’s always something to be thankful for. And each morning, when the sky brightened and light began to flood my cell, I agreed with her.”
43
“I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist.”
44
“A loveless world is a dead world.”
45
"Everything is simple. It is people who complicate things."
46
"Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?"
47
“You can’t create experience, you undergo it.”
48
“Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.”
49
“To create is to live twice.”
50
“Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.”
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