Albert Camus Quotes

Posted by M ws On Friday, July 20, 2012 6 comments
One writer/philosopher whom I admire greatly is Albert Camus, a French pied-noir author, journalist, and philosopher. Wikipedia states that his views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay "The Rebel" that his whole life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into individual freedom. Although often cited as a proponent of existentialism, the philosophy with which Camus was associated during his own lifetime, he rejected this particular label. In an interview in 1945, Camus rejected any ideological associations: "No, I am not an existentialist. Sartre and I are always surprised to see our names linked..."

In 1949, Camus founded the Group for International Liaisons within the Revolutionary Union Movement, which was opposed to some tendencies of the Surrealist movement of André Breton.

Camus was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature "for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times". He was the second-youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, after Rudyard Kipling, and the first African-born writer to receive the award. He is the shortest-lived of any Nobel literature laureate to date, having died in an automobile accident just over two years after receiving the award. Read more HERE,

Here are some of Albert Camus' famous sayings/quotations. Then you may see why he is my favourite author.

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; Don't walk behind me, I may not lead; Walk beside me, and just be my friend. -Albert Camus -

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. - Albert Camus -

Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery. -  Albert Camus -

Integrity has no need of rules. -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; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter.Albert Camus -

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

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 -

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 -

After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk of the most dreadful of deaths, whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion. - 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. One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.
- Albert Camus -

The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude. - Albert Camus -

Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil. - Albert Camus -

Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question. - Albert Camus -

As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means. - Albert Camus -

You can't create experience. You must undergo it. - Albert Camus -

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

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a person and life they lead. - Albert Camus -

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

The most eloquent eulogy of capitalism was made by its greatest enemy. Marx is only anti-capitalist in so far as capitalism is out of date. - Albert Camus -

6 comments to Albert Camus Quotes

  1. says:

    walla The greatest gift modern society can give a man is to enable him to flourish as son, brother, husband and father.


  1. says:

    masterwordsmith Hi Walla

    Thanks!! Very true but er...

    what happened to women then?

    Have you read any of Camus' books?

    Take care and nice to hear from you again!


  1. says:

    walla The greatest gift modern society can give a woman is to enable her to enable her man to enable her to enable herself.


  1. says:

    cin2tan aku the greatest gift to biniku !!

  1. says:

    masterwordsmith Dear Walla

    That is the most politically correct statement ever! LOL!!



  1. says:

    masterwordsmith Dear cin2tan

    Ah then your bini must treasure you and vice versa for the two of you are still together after so many years!!! Awesome!


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