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 :: 1913-1960, French Existential Writer

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The principles which men give to themselves end by overwhelming their noblest intentions.
~ Albert Camus - [Principles]

 

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To abandon oneself to principles is really to die -- and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
~ Albert Camus - [Principles]

 

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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.
~ Albert Camus - [Prison]

 

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The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm.
~ Albert Camus - [Production]

 

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The society based on production is only productive, not creative.
~ Albert Camus - [Production]

 

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Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
~ Albert Camus - [Punishment]

 

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Realism should only be the means of expression of religious genius... or, at the other extreme, the artistic expressions of monkeys which are quite satisfied with mere imitation. In fact, art is never realistic though sometimes it is tempted to be. To be really realistic a description would have to be endless.
~ Albert Camus - [Reality]

 

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Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.
~ Albert Camus - [Rebellion]

 

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The rebel can never find peace. He knows what is good and, despite himself, does evil. The value which supports him is never given to him once and for all -- he must fight to uphold it, unceasingly.
~ Albert Camus - [Rebellion]

 

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What is a rebel? A man who says no.
~ Albert Camus - [Rebellion]

 

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Human relationships always help us to carry on because they always presuppose further developments, a future --and also because we live as if our only task was precisely to have relationships with other people.
~ Albert Camus - [Relationships]

 

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Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
~ Albert Camus - [Respectability]

 

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Every revolutionary ends up by becoming either an oppressor or a heretic.
~ Albert Camus - [Revolutions and Revolutionaries]

 

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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.
~ Albert Camus - [Revolutions and Revolutionaries]

 

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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.
~ Albert Camus - [Revolutions and Revolutionaries]

 

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As usual I finish the day before the sea, sumptuous this evening beneath the moon, which writes Arab symbols with phosphorescent streaks on the slow swells. There is no end to the sky and the waters. How well they accompany sadness!
~ Albert Camus - [Sea]

 

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There's no need to hang about waiting for the last judgment. It takes place every day.
~ Albert Camus - [Judgment and Judges]

 

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Accept life, take it as it is? Stupid. The means of doing otherwise? Far from our having to take it, it is life that possesses us and on occasion shuts our mouths.
~ Albert Camus - [Life and Living]

 

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If, after all, men cannot always make history have meaning, they can always act so that their own lives have one.
~ Albert Camus - [Life and Living]

 

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Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.
~ Albert Camus - [Life and Living]

 

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