Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.

- Albert Camus

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.

- Albert Camus

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.

- Albert Camus

I felt the urge to reassure him that I was like everybody else, just like everybody else.

- Albert Camus

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

- Albert Camus

There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.

- Albert Camus

I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn’t capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.

- Albert Camus

The need to be right – the sign of a vulgar mind.

- Albert Camus

We are all special cases.

- 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

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

Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.

- Albert Camus

But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.

- 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

Live to the point of tears.

- 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

Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.

- Albert Camus

We call first truths those we discover after all the others.

- 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

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

- Albert Camus

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.

- 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

Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?

- Albert Camus

A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.

- Albert Camus

There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night.

- Albert Camus

When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune.

- Albert Camus

There is but one true philosophical problem and that is suicide.

- 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

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

- 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

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.

- Albert Camus

The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.

- Albert Camus

Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions.

- Albert Camus

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

- Albert Camus

The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.

- 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

Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.

- 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

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.

- Albert Camus

There is the good and the bad, the great and the low, the just and the unjust. I swear to you that all that will never change.

- Albert Camus

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

Why should it be essential to love rarely in order to love much?

- Albert Camus

No matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.

- Albert Camus

I’m going to tell you something: thoughts are never honest. Emotions are.

- Albert Camus

It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.

- Albert Camus

Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.

- Albert Camus

People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.

- Albert Camus

I had the whole sky in my eyes and it was blue and gold.

- Albert Camus

Beauty, no doubt, does not make revolutions. But a day will come when revolutions will have need of beauty.

- Albert Camus