Generally attributed to Albert Camus (1913-1960).
Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower.Albert CamusAlbert Camus, as quoted in Visions from Earth (2004) by James R. Miller, p. 126
The most elementary form of rebellion, paradoxically , expresses an aspiration for order .Albert CamusPart 2: Metaphysical Rebellion
Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.Albert CamusAlbert Camus, The Rebel, pt. 3 (1951, trans. 1953).
Analysis of rebellion leads at least to the suspicion that, contrary to the postulates of contemporary thought, a human nature does exist, as the Greeks believed. Why rebel if there is nothing permanent in oneself worth preserving? ... Rebellion, though apparently negative, since it creates nothing, is profoundly positive in that it reveals the part of man which must always be defended.Albert CamusAlbert Camus, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).
The absurd is the fundamental idea and the first truth.Albert Camus1942 Le Mythe de Sisyphe ( The Myth of Sisyphus,1955).
Il n'est pas de destin que ne se surmonte par le me pris. There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.Albert Camus1942 Le Mythe de Sisyphe ( The Myth of Sisyphus,1955).
All that I know surely about morality and the obligations of man, I owe to football.Albert Camus1957 'What I owe to Football', in France Football. In his youth, Camus kept goal for the Oran football club in Algiers.
A novel is never anything but a philosophy put into images.Albert CamusRecalled on his death, 4 Jan1960.
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 CamusAlbert Camus, in "Intuitions" (October 1932), published in Youthful Writings (1976)
A living man can be enslaved and reduced to the historic condition of an object. But if he dies in refusing to be enslaved, he reaffirms the existence of another kind of human nature which refuses to be classified as an object.Albert Camus"The Failing of Prophecy" in Existentialism Versus Marxism : Conflicting Views on Humanism (1966) by George Edward Novack
There is not love of life without despair about life.Albert CamusPreface, Lyrical and Critical Essays (1970)
Un homme se définit aussi bien par ses comédies que par ses élans sincères. Albert CamusTranslation: A man defines himself by his make-believe as well as by his sincere impulses.
Il y a toujours une philosophie pour le manque de courage.Albert CamusThere is always a philosophy for lack of courage.
Pauvre et libre plutôt que riche et asservi. Bien entendu les hommes veulent être et riches et libres et c’est ce qui les conduit quelquefois à être pauvres et esclaves.Albert CamusPoor and free rather than rich and enslaved. Of course, men want to be both rich and free, and this is what leads them at times to be poor and enslaved.
Absolute freedom mocks at justice . Absolute justice denies freedom. To be fruitful, the two ideas must find their limits in each other.Albert Camus"Historical Murder", as translated by Anthony Bower
A nihilist is not one who believes in nothing , but one who does not believe in what exists.Albert CamusPart 2: Metaphysical Rebellion
Seulement, il faut du temps pour être heureux. Beaucoup de temps. Le bonheur lui aussi est une longue patience.Albert CamusOnly it takes time to be happy. A lot of time. Happiness, too, is a long patience.
This was her finest role and the hardest one to play. Choosing between heaven and a ridiculous fidelity, preferring oneself to eternity or losing oneself in God is the age-old tragedy in which each must play his part.Albert CamusAlbert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), "The Absurd Man".
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