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Albert Camus Quotes About Life, Love, and The Stranger

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French philosopher, author, and journalist Albert Camus (1913-1960) was one of the most influential writers of his time. Known for his works such as ‘The Stranger’, ‘The Rebel’, and ‘The State of Siege’, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957.

Camus continues to inspire not only writers and journalists today, but anyone who has a fighting spirit and a burning desire within them.

Here are powerful Albert Camus quotes for reflection, inspiration, and motivation.

Moving Albert Camus quotes that will inspire you

1. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

2. “Charm is a way of getting the answer ‘yes’ without asking a clear question.” – Albert Camus

3. “I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day.” – Albert Camus

4. “If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.” – Albert Camus

5. “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

6. “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” – Albert Camus

7. “There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.” – Albert Camus

8. “Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.” – Albert Camus

9. “We rarely confide in those who are better than we are.” – Albert Camus

10. “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” – Albert Camus

Top Albert Camus quotes on love and people

11. “Love is the kind of illness that does not spare the intelligent or the dull.” – Albert Camus

12. “But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.” – Albert Camus

13. “Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.” – Albert Camus

14. “All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.” – Albert Camus

15. “I see many people die because they judge that life is not worth living. I see others paradoxically getting killed for the ideas or illusions that give them a reason for living (what is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying). I therefore conclude that the meaning of life is the most urgent of questions.” – Albert Camus

16. “It is natural to give a clear view of the world after accepting the idea that it must be clear.” – Albert Camus

17. “Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.” – Albert Camus

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18. “It was previously a question of finding out whether or not life had to have a meaning to be lived. It now becomes clear on the contrary that it will be lived all the better if it has no meaning.” – Albert Camus

19. “We don’t have the time to completely be ourselves. We only have the room to be happy.” – Albert Camus

20. “And I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. I don’t want any greatness for it, particularly a greatness born of blood and falsehood. I want to keep it alive by keeping justice alive.”  – Albert Camus

Famous Albert Camus quotes on life and existentialism

21. “To create is to live twice.”  – Albert Camus

22. “There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined.” – Albert Camus

23. “How unbearable, for women, is the tenderness which a man can give them without love. For men, how bittersweet this is.”  – Albert Camus

24. “It is not humiliating to be unhappy. Physical suffering is sometimes humiliating, but the suffering of being cannot be, it is life.”  – Albert Camus

25. “Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.” – Albert Camus

26. “In the age of ideologies, we must make up our minds about murder. If murder has rational foundations, then our period and we ourselves have significance. If it has no such foundations, then we are plunged into madness there is no way out except to find some significance or to desist. – Albert Camus

28. “In the early days, when they thought this epidemic was much like other epidemics, religion held its ground. But once these people realized their instant peril, they gave their thoughts to pleasure. And all the hideous fears that stamp their faces in the daytime are transformed in the fiery, dusty nightfall into a sort of hectic exaltation, an unkempt freedom fevering in their blood.”  – Albert Camus

29. “Thinking of the future, establishing aims for oneself, having preferences—all this presupposes a belief in freedom, even if one occasionally ascertains that one doesn’t feel it.”  – Albert Camus

30. “I knew a man who gave 20 years of his life to a scatterbrained woman, sacrificing everything to her, his friendships, his work, the very respectability of his life and who one evening recognized that he had never loved her. He had been bored, that’s all, bored like most people. Hence he had made himself out of whole cloth a life full of complications and drama. Something must happen and that explains most human commitments. Something must happen – even loveless slavery, even war or death.”  – Albert Camus

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Albert Camus quotes from The Stranger

31. “In the past, the poverty they shared had a certain sweetness about it. When the end of the day came and they would eat their dinner in silence with the oil lamp between them, there was a secret joy in such simplicity, such retrenchment.”  – Albert Camus

32. “They were silent, humiliated by this return of the defeated, furious at their own silence, but the more it was prolonged the less capable they were of breaking it.”  – Albert Camus

33. “And I fired four more times at a lifeless body and the bullets sank in without leaving a mark. And it was like giving four sharp knocks at the door of unhappiness.”  – Albert Camus

34. “Live to the point of tears.”  – Albert Camus

36. “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” – Albert Camus

37. “The only way to deal with an un-free world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus

38. “The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.” – Albert Camus

39. “A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” – Albert Camus

40. “Every act of rebellion expresses nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.” – Albert Camus

Albert Camus quotes and philosophy

41. “Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” – Albert Camus

42. “You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.” – Albert Camus

43. “A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.” – Albert Camus

44. “A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.” – Albert Camus

45. “We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives…inside ourselves.” – Albert Camus

Thought-provoking Albert Camus quotes 

46. “You will never be able to experience everything. So, please, do poetical justice to your soul and simply experience yourself.” – Albert Camus

47. “But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?” – Albert Camus

48. “Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.” – Albert Camus

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49. “Everything considered, a determined soul will always manage.” – Albert Camus

50. “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.” – Albert Camus

51. “A man is more a man through the things he keeps to himself than through those he says.” – Albert Camus

52. “There always comes a time when one must choose between contemplation and action. This is called becoming a man.” – Albert Camus

53. “I make myself strict rules in order to correct my nature. But it is my nature that I finally obey.” – Albert Camus

54. “I don’t want to be a genius-I have enough problems just trying to be a man.” – Albert Camus

55. “An achievement is a bondage. It obliges one to a higher achievement.” –Albert Camus

56. “When I look at my life and its secret colours, I feel like bursting into tears.” – Albert Camus

More Albert Camus quotes and sayings

57. “I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world.” – Albert Camus

58. “Life can be magnificent and overwhelming — that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live.” – Albert Camus

59. “Nothing in life is worth turning your back on if you love it.” – Albert Camus

60. “They knew now that if there is one thing one can always yearn for, and sometimes attain, it is human love.” – Albert Camus

61. “What made me run away was doubtless not so much the fear of settling down, but of settling down permanently in something ugly.” – Albert Camus

62. “On good days, if you trust life, life has to answer you.” – Albert Camus

63. “The act of love is a confession.” – Albert Camus

64. “Life is a story and god is the author. Life is absurd. I think so.” – Albert Camus

65. “If it were sufficient to love, things would be too easy. The more one loves the stronger the absurd grows.” – Albert Camus

Did you enjoy these Albert Camus quotes?

Truly a man of passion, vision, and talent, Albert Camus will live on in our memories through these great sayings.

More than an author and a journalist, he was also a playwright, moralist, and political theorist. He explored plenty of thought-provoking topics in his works, such as: good and evil, man’s isolation, death, and post-war realizations, among others.

We hope you learned something from this collection of Albert Camus quotes.

Norbert Juma, Lead Editor
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  1. M.

    August 19, 2021 at 5:58 PM

    When young i found the outsider unreadable but have now read it at 64 and am amazed by it. How could one so young write that and yet maybe only a young man could. Now have much respect for Camus he possessed glory amongst many other things.

  2. Anthony Garcia

    August 13, 2019 at 6:23 PM

    Eternal Wisdom.

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