Albert Camus Quotes

Albert Camus Quotes


Albert Camus was a French-Algerian philosopher, journalist, and author, known for his contributions to existentialism and his works on the human condition. He was born on November 7, 1913, in Mondovi, French Algeria, to Lucien and Catherine Camus. His father died in World War I when Camus was just one year old, leaving his mother to raise him and his older brother on her own.

Camus began writing at a young age and became a prominent journalist in Algiers, where he covered local events and social issues. He became politically active and joined the Algerian Communist Party, but eventually left the party due to disagreements.

Camus’ literary career took off with the publication of his novel “The Stranger” in 1942, which explored the themes of absurdity and the meaninglessness of life. He went on to write many other works, including “The Plague,” “The Myth of Sisyphus,” and “The Rebel,” which cemented his reputation as one of the most important thinkers of his time.

Camus’ life was tragically cut short when he died in a car accident on January 4, 1960, at the age of 46. He was traveling with his publisher, Michel Gallimard, when their car crashed into a tree. Camus was buried in the Lourmarin Cemetery in Provence, France, where his legacy as a leading existentialist philosopher and literary figure lives on.

Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.

Life is a sum of all your choices”. So, what are you doing today?

Life is meaningless, but worth living, provided you recognize it’s meaningless.

Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.

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

Whoever gives nothing, has nothing. The greatest misfortune is not to be unloved, but not to love.

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

The greatness of man lies in his decision to be stronger than his condition.

The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning.

Albert Camus Quotes
Albert Camus Quotes

Freedom is not constituted primarily of privileges but of responsibilities.

The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.

Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.

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

I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is.

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

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

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.

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

Albert Camus Quotes
Albert Camus Quotes

Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.
We are all special cases.

Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.

At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures – be what he is. And, above all, accept these things.

Charm is a way of getting the answer ‘Yes’ without asking a clear question.

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.

Friendship often ends in love, but love in friendship – never.

The society based on production is only productive, not creative.

Albert Camus Quotes
Albert Camus Quotes

One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.

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

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of.

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

Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance.

I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is.

You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.

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

Integrity has no need of rules.

Albert Camus Quotes
Albert Camus Quotes

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

There is no love of life without despair of life.

And the more I thought about it, the more I dug out my memory of things I had overlooked or forgotten. I realized then that a man who had lived only one day could easily live for a hundred years in prison. He would have enough memories to keep him from being bored. In a way, it was an advantage.

Yes, it was the hour when, a long time ago, I was perfectly content. What awaited me back then was always a night of easy, dreamless sleep. And yet something has changed, since it was back to my cell that I went to wait for the next day… as if familiar paths traced in summer skies could lead as easily to prison as to the sleep of the innocent.

She said, ‘If you go slowly, you risk getting sunstroke. But if you go too fast, you work up a sweat and then catch a chill inside the church.’ She was right. There was no way out.

I am on your side. But you have no way of knowing it, because your heart is blind.

On their way out, and much to my surprise, they all shook my hand – as if that night during which we hadn’t exchanged as much as a single word had somehow brought us closer together.

Still, to my mind he overdid it, and I’d have liked to have a chance of explaining to him, in a quite friendly, almost affectionate way, that I have never been able really to regret anything in all my life. I’ve always been far too much absorbed in the present moment, or the immediate future, to think back.

I told him I was quite prepared to go; but really I didn’t care much one way or the other. He then asked if a ‘change of life,’ as he called it, didn’t appeal to me, and I answered that one never changed his way of life; one life was as good as another, and my present one suited me quite well.

In a way, they seemed to be arguing the case as if it had nothing to do with me. Everything was happening without my participation. My fate was being decided without anyone so much as asking my opinion.

Albert Camus Quotes
Albert Camus Quotes

Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know. I got a telegram from the home: ‘Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.’ That doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday.

But all the long speeches, all the interminable days and hours that people had spent talking about my soul, had left me with the impression of a colorless swirling river that was making me dizzy.

I was assailed by memories of a life that wasn’t mine anymore, but one in which I’d found the simplest and most lasting joys.

A minute later she asked me if I loved her. I told her it didn’t mean anything but that I didn’t think so.

Neither of the two men, at these times, showed the least hostility toward me, and everything went so smoothly, so amiably, that I had an absurd impression of being ‘one of the family.

He added, ‘You see, she had friends here, people her own age. She was able to share things from the old days with them. You’re young, and it must have been hard for her with you.

At that time, I often thought that if I had had to live in the trunk of a dead tree, with nothing to do but look up at the sky flowing overhead, little by little I would have gotten used to it.