By Albert Camus
Be like a wolf. Wild. Free. Hungry.
Even a lone wolf is full of hope and freedom.
God sent you into my life to show me there is love in this world, to bring me all pleasure…You are a gift for me from heaven. Love you and Good Morning!
Pleasure and pain come from your own past actions.
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?
Rascals are always sociable, and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in other companies.
Pleasure is never as pleasant as we expected it to be and pain is always more painful. The pain in the world always outweighs the pleasure. If you don’t believe it, compare the respective feelings of two animals, one of which is eating the other.
Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure.
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.
To win the people, always cook them some savoury that pleases them.
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.
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.
I play with microbes. There are, of course, many rules to this play…but when you have acquired knowledge and experience it is very pleasant to break the rules and to be able to find something nobody has thought of.
Liberties aren’t given, they are taken.
I can sympathize with people’s pains, but not with their pleasure. There is something curiously boring about somebody else’s happiness.
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.