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Albert Camus
1913 - 1960

French novelist, essayist and playwright, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1957). Camus was closely linked to fellow existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre in the 1940s, but he broke with Sartre over Sartre's support of Stalinist politics.

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Resistance, Rebellion, and Death (1960)
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Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.

from An Absurd Reasoning
To begin to think is to begin to be undermined.

from An Absurd Reasoning
We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.

from An Absurd Reasoning
We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes, and our ravages. But our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to fight them in ourselves and in others.

1951 - from The Rebel
Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.

Politics and the fate of mankind are formed by men without ideals and without greatness. Those who have greatness within them do not go in for politics.

1935 - from Notebooks
More and more, when faced with the world of men, the only reaction is one of individualism. Man alone is an end unto himself. Everything one tries to do for the common good ends in failure.

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.

A free press can of course be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad... Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better, whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worse.

1960 - from Resistance, Rebellion, and Death
By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.

Every time I hear a political speech or I read those of our leaders, I am horrified for having, for years, heard nothing which sounded human. It is always the same words telling the same lies. And the fact that men accept this, that the people's anger has not destroyed these hollow clowns, strikes me as proof that men attribute no importance to the way they are governed; that they gamble - yes, gamble - with a whole part of their life and their so-called 'vital interests'.