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date: 19 March 2018

Albert Camus 1913–60
French novelist, dramatist, and essayist 

  1. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
    Carnets, 1935–42 (1962)
  2. Politics and the fate of mankind are formed by men without ideals and without greatness.
    Carnets, 1935–42 (1962)
  3. You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
    The Fall (1956)
  4. We are all special cases. We all want to appeal against something!
    The Fall (1956)
  5. Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight, that enhances every object.
    The Fall (1956)
  6. Poor people's memory is less nourished than that of the rich; it has fewer landmarks in space because they seldom leave the place where they live, and fewer reference points in time.
    The First Man (1994)
  7. History shows that the less people read, the more books they buy.
    Jonas, or the Artist at Work (1957)
  8. In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
    Lyrical and Critical (1967) ‘Return to Tipasa’ (1954)
  9. There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
    The Myth of Sisyphus (1942) (tr. Justin O'Brien)
  10. Integrity has no need of rules.
    The Myth of Sisyphus (1942)
  11. The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a human heart. One must imagine that Sisyphus is happy.
    The Myth of Sisyphus (1942)
  12. What we learn in a time of pestilence: that there are more things to admire in men than to despise.
    The Plague (1947)
  13. What is a rebel? A man who says no.
    The Rebel (1951)
  14. All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the State.
    The Rebel (1951)
  15. Every revolutionary ends as an oppressor or a heretic.
    The Rebel (1951)
  16. When the imagination sleeps, words are emptied of their meaning.
    Resistance, Rebellion and Death (1961)
  17. Mother died today. Or perhaps it was yesterday, I don't know.
    The Stranger (1944), opening words
  18. Martha: ‘What is autumn?’ Jan: ‘A second spring, where every leaf is a flower.’
    Théâtre, récits, nouvelles (1967) ‘Le Malentendu’ (1944)
  19. What I know most surely about morality and the duty of man I owe to sport.
    often quoted as ‘…I owe to football’
    Herbert R. Lottman Albert Camus (1979)
  20. Without work, all life goes rotten, but when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
    attributed; E. F. Schumacher Good Work (1979)