By Albert Camus
Be like a wolf. Wild. Free. Hungry.
Even a lone wolf is full of hope and freedom.
Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
We are all born free and spend a lifetime becoming slaves to our own false truths.
It requires an effort of logical acrobatics to believe that carnage of innocents is an instrument for freedom and elections are a symbol of deception and repression!
I am often accused of colluding with the British during the freedom struggle. I want to ask, how?
A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.
As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending.
The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer… form the great body of the people of the United States, they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws.
There is nothing that I shudder at more than the idea of a separation of the Union. Should such an event ever happen, which I fervently pray God to avert, from that date I view our liberty gone.
I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office.
Every therapeutic cure, and still more, any awkward attempt to show the patient the truth, tears him from the cradle of his freedom from responsibility and must therefore reckon with the most vehement resistance.
It is every American’s right to question any big event, especially when it’s seized on to take the basic liberties of Americans.
Liberties aren’t given, they are taken.
A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will’s freedom after it.
The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency.
But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
Through discipline comes freedom.
If freedom is short of weapons, we must compensate with willpower.