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The 60 Best Albert Camus Quotes

Last Updated: January 2, 2024 by Quote.cc Team

Albert Camus, born on November 7, 1913, in Mondovi, Algeria, was a French philosopher, author, and journalist who became one of the principal luminaries of absurdism. His work is known for its examination of the absurd nature of human existence in a universe devoid of order or meaning.

Camus grew up in a poor working-class family, with a strong affiliation to French Algeria which influenced much of his work. He studied philosophy at the University of Algiers, but his academic progression was halted due to his bout with tuberculosis.

His major contributions to literature include novels such as “The Stranger” (1942) and “The Plague” (1947), and philosophical essays like “The Myth of Sisyphus” (1942), in which he introduces his philosophy of the absurd. Camus’ work is a rich exploration of themes such as existentialism, individuality, and the human condition.

In 1957, Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, not at the peak of his career but at a relatively young age, for his impactful and illuminating works that delve into the human conscience.

Camus’ life was tragically cut short in a car accident in 1960, but his philosophical and literary legacy continues to be influential. His works are celebrated for their profound insights into the nature of absurdity and rebellion, as well as for their powerful advocacy of human rights and justice. Camus remains a significant figure in the world of existential thought and 20th-century literature.

Here are 60 Albert Camus quotes to calm your mind from overthinking everything and just start living.

Albert Camus Quotes

“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.” – 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.” – Albert Camus

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

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” – Albert Camus

“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” – Albert Camus

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” – Albert Camus

“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.” – Albert Camus

“Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.” – Albert Camus

“I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is.” – Albert Camus

“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” – Albert Camus

“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?” – Albert Camus

“Live to the point of tears.” – Albert Camus

“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” – Albert Camus

“There is no love of life without despair of life.” – Albert Camus

“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?” – Albert Camus

“To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.” – Albert Camus

“Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question.” – Albert Camus

“The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.” – Albert Camus

“Life can be magnificent and overwhelming—that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live.” – Albert Camus

“I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist.” – Albert Camus

“Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.” – Albert Camus

“There is scarcely any passion without struggle.” – Albert Camus

“Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.” – Albert Camus

“Do not wait for the Last Judgment. It takes place every day.” – Albert Camus

“To correct a natural indifference I was placed halfway between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn’t everything.” – Albert Camus

“Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.” – Albert Camus

“A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” – Albert Camus

“I rebel; therefore I exist.” – Albert Camus

“Integrity has no need of rules.” – Albert Camus

“At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.” – Albert Camus

“Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.” – Albert Camus

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” – Albert Camus

“Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.” – Albert Camus

“By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.” – Albert Camus

“The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.” – Albert Camus

“For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.” – Albert Camus

“There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined.” – 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.” – Albert Camus

“Greatness consists in trying to be great. There is no other way.” – Albert Camus

“The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.” – Albert Camus

“I had only a little time left and I didn’t want to waste it on God.” – Albert Camus

“A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.” – Albert Camus

“An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.” – Albert Camus

“Without work, all life goes rotten, but when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.” – Albert Camus

“A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.” – Albert Camus

“Don’t believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves.” – Albert Camus

“It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.” – Albert Camus

“There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.” – Albert Camus

“Glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read.” – Albert Camus

“The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.” – Albert Camus

“If something is going to happen to me, I want to be there.” – 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.” – Albert Camus

“What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.” – Albert Camus

“I would rather understand one cause than be King of Persia.” – Albert Camus

“To know oneself, one should assert oneself.” – Albert Camus

“One plays at being immortal and after a few weeks one doesn’t even know whether or not one can hang on till the next day.” – Albert Camus

“The absurd depends as much on man as on the world. For the moment, it is all that links them together.” – Albert Camus

“It’s a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.” – Albert Camus

“Each generation doubtless feels called upon to reform the world. Mine knows that it will not reform it, but its task is perhaps even greater. It consists in preventing the world from destroying itself.” – Albert Camus

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