Albert Camus Quotes

Albert Camus Quotes


The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.


Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.


Only it takes time to be happy. A lot of time. Happiness, too, is a long patience.


A man wants to earn money in order to be happy, and his whole effort and the best of a life are devoted to the earning of that money. Happiness is forgotten; the means are taken for the end.


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 scepticism.

My chief occupation, despite appearances, has always been love.


Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can’t be sure.

I looked up at the mass of signs and stars in the night sky and laid myself open for the first time to the benign indifference of the world.


There is scarcely any passion without struggle.


Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them.


Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.


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


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.


You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.


We are all exceptional cases. We all want to appeal against something! Each of us insists on being innocent at all cost, even if he has to accuse the whole human race and heaven itself.


I used to advertise my loyalty and I don’t believe there is a single person I loved that I didn’t eventually betray.


You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.


Being is good, but getting rich is better…. If the gods had only the riches of men’s adoration, they would be as poor as poor Caligula.


our successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.


But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?


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