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Albert Camus Quotes About Love and Meaning of Life

“ It takes time to live. Like any work of art, life needs to be thought about. ”- Albert Camus

“ I don’t want to be a genius-I have enough problems just trying to be a man. ”- Albert Camus

“ When silence or tricks of language contribute to maintaining an abuse that must be reformed or a suffering that can be relieved, then there is no other solution but to speak out and show the obscenity hidden under the verbal cloak. ”- Albert Camus

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

“ Life is the sum of your choices. ”- Albert Camus

“ What is a rebel? A man who says no. ”- Albert Camus

“ Believe me, the hardest thing for a man to give up is that which he really doesn’t want, after all. ”- Albert Camus

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

“ To grow old is to pass from passion to compassion. ”- Albert Camus

“ Believe me there is no such thing as great suffering, great regret, great memory….everything is forgotten, even a great love. That’s what’s sad about life, and also what’s wonderful about it. There is only a way of looking at things, a way that comes to you every once in a while. That’s why it’s good to have had love in your life after all, to have had an unhappy passion- it gives you an alibi for the vague despairs we all suffer from. ”- Albert Camus

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

“ Thoughts of suicide have got me through many a bad night. ”- Albert Camus

“ To lose one’s life is no great matter; when the time comes I’ll have the courage to lose mine. But what’s intolerable is to see one’s life being drained of meaning, to be told there’s no reason for existing. A man can’t live without some reason for living. ”- Albert Camus

“ You have so much inside you, and the noblest happiness of all. Don’t just wait for a man to come along. That’s the mistake so many women make. Find your happiness in yourself. ”- Albert Camus

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

“ Man stands face to face with the irrational. He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world. ”- Albert Camus

“ After awhile you could get used to anything. ”- Albert Camus

“ I can feel this heart inside me and I conclude it exists. I can touch this world and I also conclude that it exists. All my knowledge ends at this point. The rest is hypothesis. ”- Albert Camus

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

“ Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is. ”- Albert Camus

“ You will never be able to experience everything. So, please, do poetical justice to your soul and simply experience yourself. ”- Albert Camus

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

“ But it’s not easy. I’ve been thinking it over for years. While we loved each other we didn’t need words to make ourselves understood. But people don’t love forever. A time came when I should have found the words to keep her with me, only I couldn’t. ”- Albert Camus

“ Love cannot accept what it is. Everywhere on earth it cries out against kindness, compassion, intelligence, everything that leads to compromise. Love demands the impossible, the absolute, the sky on fire, inexhaustible springtime, life after death, and death itself transfigured into eternal life. ”- Albert Camus

“ Get scared. It will do you good. Smoke a bit, stare blankly at some ceilings, beat your head against some walls, refuse to see some people, paint and write. Get scared some more. Allow your little mind to do nothing but function. Stay inside, go out – I don’t care what you’ll do; but stay scared as hell. You will never be able to experience everything. So, please, do poetical justice to your soul and simply experience yourself. ”- Albert Camus

“ We’re going forward, but nothing changes. ”- Albert Camus

“ You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. ”- Albert Camus

“ When the imagination sleeps, words are emptied of their meaning: a deaf population absent-mindedly registers the condemnation of a man. … there is no other solution but to speak out and show the obscenity hidden under the verbal cloak. ”- 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 have never been able, really, to regret anything in all my life. I have always been far much too absorbed in the present moment or the immediate future to think back. ”- Albert Camus

“ I make myself strict rules in order to correct my nature. But it is my nature that I finally obey. ”- Albert Camus

“ It’s better to bet on this life than on the next. ”- Albert Camus

“ The Four Conditions of Happiness: Life in the open air, Love for another being,Freedom from ambition,Creation ”- Albert Camus

“ That is love, to give away everything, to sacrifice everything, without the slightest desire to get anything in return.3 ”- Albert Camus

“ I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn’t. ”- Albert Camus

“ People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves. ”- Albert Camus

“ Women are all we know of paradise on this earth. ”- Albert Camus

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

“ I know of only one duty, and that is to love. ”- Albert Camus

“ The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning. ”- Albert Camus

“ You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade. ”- Albert Camus

“ My dear, In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all, that… In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back. Truly yours, Albert Camus ”- Albert Camus

“ The urge to revolt is one of the essential dimensions of human nature. ”- Albert Camus

“ We have to live and let live in order to create what we are. ”- Albert Camus

“ But the freshness lingers, and this, always, ”- Albert Camus

“ Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep. ”- Albert Camus

“ You cannot create experience. You must undergo it. ”- Albert Camus

“ There is no shame in preferring happiness. ”- Albert Camus

“ It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners. ”- Albert Camus

“ the morning the world was born. ”- Albert Camus

“ An intellectual? Yes. And never deny it. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched. “Can they be brought together?” This is a practical question. We must get down to it. “I despise intelligence” really means: “I cannot bear my doubts. ”- Albert Camus

“ A symbol always transcends the one who makes use of it and makes him say in reality more than he is aware of expressing. ”- Albert Camus

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

“ When I was young I asked more of people than they could give: everlasting friendship, endless feeling. Now I know to ask less of them than they can give: a straightforward companionship. And their feelings, their friendship, their generous actions seem in my eyes to be wholly miraculous: a consequence of grace alone. ”- Albert Camus

“ The greatness of man lies in his decision to be stronger than his condition. ”- Albert Camus

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

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

“ It is necessary to fall in love… if only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway. ”- Albert Camus

“ 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

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

“ This world, such as it is, is not tolerable. Therefore I need the moon, or happiness, or immortality, I need something which is perhaps demented, but which is not of this world. ”- Albert Camus

“ Where there is no hope, we must invent it. ”- Albert Camus

“ Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face. ”- Albert Camus

“ We turn toward God only to obtain the impossible. ”- Albert Camus

“ On certain mornings, as we turn a corner, ”- Albert Camus

“ Every time I hear a political speech or I read those of our leaders, I am horrified at having, for years, heard nothing which sounded human. It is always the same words telling the same lies. And the fact that men accept this, that the people’s anger has not destroyed these hollow clowns, strikes me as proof that men attribute no importance to the way they are governed; that they gamble – yes, gamble – with a whole part of their life and their so called ‘vital interests. ”- Albert Camus

“ Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time. ”- Albert Camus

“ We do not know how to eliminate evil, but we do know how to feed some of the hungry and heal some of the infirmed. ”- Albert Camus

“ Imagination offers people consolation for what they cannot be, and humor for what they actually are. ”- Albert Camus

“ Great ideas, it has been said, come into the world as gently as doves. Perhaps then, if we listen attentively, we shall hear amid the uproar of empires and nations, a faint flutter of wings, the gentle stirring of life and hope. Some will say that this hope lies in a nation; others in a man. I believe rather that it is awakened, revived, nourished, by millions of solitary individuals whose and works every day negate frontiers and the crudest implications of history. ”- Albert Camus

“ The real 19th century prophet was Dostoevsky, not Karl Marx. ”- Albert Camus

“ When I look at my life and its secret colors, I feel like bursting into tears. ”- Albert Camus

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

“ Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity. ”- Albert Camus

“ A person I knew used to divide human beings into three categories: those who prefer to have nothing to hide rather than being obliged to lie, those who prefer lying to having nothing to hide, and finally those who like both lying and the hidden. ”- 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

“ Liberty is the right not to lie. ”- Albert Camus

“ One always has exaggerated ideas about what one doesn’t know. ”- Albert Camus

“ If There Is A God, Religion, Living My Life ”- Albert Camus

“ Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be. ”- Albert Camus

“ Humans are creatures, who spent their lifes trying to convince themselves, that their existence is not absurd ”- Albert Camus

“ All healthy men have thought of their own suicide ”- Albert Camus

“ The evil that is in the world always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack understanding. ”- Albert Camus

“ The most knowledgeable person in one domain may be the most ignorant in another. ”- Albert Camus

“ Decisions You Make, Choices Made, Today ”- Albert Camus

“ What is human in me is not what is best in me. What is human in me is that I desire, and to obtain what I desire, I believe I would crush anything that stood in my way. ”- Albert Camus

“ We all have a weakness for beauty. ”- Albert Camus

“ When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune. ”- Albert Camus

“ Life Is, Worth Living, Meaningless ”- Albert Camus

“ The society based on production is only productive, not creative. ”- Albert Camus

“ It is not humiliating to be unhappy. Physical suffering is sometimes humiliating, but the suffering of being cannot be, it is life. ”- Albert Camus

“ A man is more a man through the things he keeps to himself than through those he says. ”- Albert Camus

“ If those whom we begin to love could know us as we were before meeting them they could perceive what they have made of us. ”- Albert Camus

“ Life is meaningless, but worth living, provided you recognize it’s meaningless. ”- Albert Camus

“ The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism. ”- Albert Camus

“ Like great works, deep feelings always mean more than they are conscious of saying. ”- Albert Camus

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

“ The innocent is the person who explains nothing ”- Albert Camus

“ Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority. ”- Albert Camus

“ A loveless world is a dead world. ”- Albert Camus

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

“ Life should be lived to the point of tears ”- Albert Camus

“ Always there comes an hour when one is weary of one’s work and devotion to duty, and all one craves for is a loved face, the warmth and wonder of a loving heart. ”- Albert Camus

“ The nobility of our calling will always be rooted in two commitments difficult to observe: refusal to lie about what we know, and resistance to oppression. ”- Albert Camus

“ Freedom is not a reward or a decoration that is celebrated with champagne…Oh no! It’s a…long distance race, quite solitary and very exhausting. ”- Albert Camus

“ Yes, everything is simple. It’s people who complicate things. ”- Albert Camus

“ We must admit that today conformity is on the Left. To be sure, the Right is not brilliant. But the Left is in complete decadence, a prisoner of words, caught in its own vocabulary, capable merely of stereotyped replies, constantly at a loss when faced with truth, from which it nevertheless claimed to derive its laws. The Left is schizophrenic and needs doctoring through pitiless self-criticism, exercise of the heart, close reasoning, and a little modesty. ”- Albert Camus

“ In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion. ”- Albert Camus

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

“ Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders. ”- Albert Camus

“ Everything considered, a determined soul will always manage. ”- Albert Camus

“ People don’t love each other at our age, Marthe—they please each other, that’s all. Later on, when you’re old and impotent, you can love someone. At our age, you just think you do. That’s all it is. ”- Albert Camus

“ But sometimes it takes more courage to live than to shoot yourself. ”- Albert Camus

“ But above all, in order to be, never try to seem. ”- Albert Camus

“ The tragedy is not that we are alone, but that we cannot be. At times I would give anything in the world to no longer be connected by anything to this universe of men. ”- Albert Camus

“ She was waiting, but she didn’t know for what. She was aware only of her solitude, and of the penetrating cold, and of a greater weight in the region of her heart. ”- Albert Camus

“ Every time I hear a political speech or I read those of our leaders, I am horrified at having, for years, heard nothing which sounded human. It is always the same words telling the same lies. ”- Albert Camus

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

“ It is not the world that is absurd, nor human thought: the absurd arises when the human need to understand meets the unreasonableness of the world, when ‘my appetite for the absolute and for unity’ meets ‘the impossibility of reducing this world to a rational and reasonable principle.’ ”- Albert Camus

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

“ Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable. ”- Albert Camus

“ In order to exist, man must rebel. ”- Albert Camus

“ Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it. ”- Albert Camus

“ An achievement is a bondage. It obliges one to a higher achievement. ”- Albert Camus

“ There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night. ”- Albert Camus

“ The earth must have risen in just such a light ”- Albert Camus

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

“ Healthy people have a natural skill of avoiding feverish eyes. ”- Albert Camus

“ Believe me, religions are on the wrong track the moment they moralize and fulminate commandments. God is not needed to create guilt or to punish. Our fellow men suffice, aided by ourselves. ”- Albert Camus

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

“ You know, a man always judges himself by the balance he can strike between the needs of his body and the demands of his mind. You’re judging yourself now, Mersaut, and you don’t like the sentence. ”- Albert Camus

“ For the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe. To feel it so like myself, indeed so brotherly, made me realize that I’d been happy, and that I was happy still. ”- Albert Camus

“ Truth and freedom, having few lovers, are demanding mistresses. ”- Albert Camus

“ Life is a sum of all your choices”. So, what are you doing today? ”- Albert Camus

“ When there is no hope, one must invent hope. ”- Albert Camus

“ Men are never convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity, of the seriousness of your sufferings, except by your death. So long as you are alive, your case is doubtful; you have a right only to their skepticism. ”- Albert Camus

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

“ Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. ”- Albert Camus

“ Freedom is the right to never have to lie. ”- Albert Camus

“ Find your happiness in yourself. ”- Albert Camus

“ The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind. ”- Albert Camus

“ There always comes a time when one must choose between contemplation and action. This is called becoming a man. ”- Albert Camus

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

“ There is in me an anarchy and frightful disorder. Creating makes me die a thousand deaths, because it means making order, and my entire being rebels against order. But without it I would die, scattered to the winds. ”- Albert Camus

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

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

“ Ah cher ami, how poor in invention men are! They are They always think one commits suicide for a reason. But it’s quite possible to commit suicide for two reasons. No, that never occurs to them. So what’s the good of dying intentionally, of sacrificing yourself to the idea you want people to have of you? Once you are dead, they will take advantage of it to attribute idiotic or vulgar motives to your action. Martyrs, cher ami, must choose between being forgotten, mocked, or made use of. As for being understood–never! ”- Albert Camus

“ Freedom is not constituted primarily of privileges but of responsibilities. ”- Albert Camus

“ All I maintain is that on this earth there are pestilences and there are victims, and it’s up to us, so far as possible, not to join forces with the pestilences. That may sound simple to the point of childishness; I can’t judge if it’s simple, but I know it’s true. ”- Albert Camus

“ After all perhaps the greatness of art lies in the perpetual tension between beauty and pain, the love of men and the madness of creation, unbearable solitude and the exhausting crowd, rejection and consent. ”- Albert Camus

“ Myths are made for the imagination to breath life into them. ”- Albert Camus

“ If it adapts itself to what the majority of our society wants, art will be a meaningless recreation. ”- 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

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

“ It is easy to shield the outer body from poisoned arrows, but it is impossible to shield the mind from the poisoned darts that originate within itself. Greed, anger, foolishness and the infatuations of egoism – these four poisoned darts originate within the mind and infect it with deadly poison. ”- Albert Camus

“ Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth. ”- Albert Camus

“ Forever I shall be a stranger to myself. In psychology as in logic, there are truths but no truth. ”- Albert Camus

“ No one who lives in the sunlight of gratitude that things aren’t worse makes a failure of his or her life. ”- Albert Camus

“ If we understood the enigmas of life there would be no need for art. ”- Albert Camus

“ All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. ”- Albert Camus

“ Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement. ”- Albert Camus

“ In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back. ”- Albert Camus

“ That’s love, giving everything, sacrificing all without hope of return. ”- Albert Camus

“ Poor 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. ”- Albert Camus

“ The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown. ”- Albert Camus

“ There is a life and there is a death, and there are beauty and melancholy between. ”- Albert Camus

“ Charm is a way of getting the answer ‘Yes’ without asking a clear question. ”- Albert Camus

“ Whoever gives nothing, has nothing. The greatest misfortune is not to be unloved, but not to love. ”- Albert Camus

“ Integrity needs no rules. ”- 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

“ 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

“ There is a solitude in poverty, but a solitude which restores to each thing its value. ”- Albert Camus

“ Creating is living doubly. The groping, anxious quest of a Proust, his meticulous collecting of flowers, of wallpapers, and of anxieties, signifies nothing else. ”- Albert Camus

“ He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool. ”- Albert Camus

“ If we believe in nothing, if nothing has any meaning and if we can affirm no values whatsoever, then everything is possible and nothing has any importance. ”- Albert Camus

“ One recognizes one’s course by discovering the paths that stray from it. ”- Albert Camus

“ The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits. ”- Albert Camus

“ Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre. ”- Albert Camus

“ The most important thing you do everyday you live is deciding not to kill yourself. ”- Albert Camus