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Just as there is a moment when the artist must stop, when the sculpture must be left as it is, the painting untouched - just as a determination not to know serves the maker more than all the resources of clairvoyance - so there must be a minimum of ignorance in order to perfect a life in happiness. Those who lack such a thing must set about acquiring it: unintelligence must be earned.


Albert Camus

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Friendship is a treasured gift, and every time I talk with you I feel as if I'm getting richer and r...
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A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
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No matter what cause one defends, it will suffer permanent disgrace if one resorts to blind attacks ...
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The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm.
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Don't lies eventually lead to the truth? And don't all my stories, true or false, tend toward the sa...
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Listen, Tar, ... This is the real problem: whatever happens, I shall always defend you against the f...
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In default of inexhaustible happiness, eternal suffering would at least give us a destiny. But we d...
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An achievement is a bondage. It obliges one to a higher achievement.
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Revolt and revolution both wind up at the same crossroads: the police, or folly
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We rarely confide in those who are better than we are
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In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer
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Life is a sum of all your choices.
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Greatness consists in trying to be great. There is no other way.
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Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a roma...
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Men are never convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity, of the seriousness of your sufferings, e...
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In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

And that make...
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Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them.
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At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman.
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Por eso resulta tan desgarrador el amor de los hombres. No pueden evitar separarse de lo que aman.
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My dear,
In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the mi...
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Let's not worry. It's too late now. It will always be too late, fortunately!
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There is no longer a single idea explaining everything, but an infinite number of essences giving a ...
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Throughout the whole absurd life I'd lived, a dark wind had been rising toward me from somewhere dee...
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Thus I draw from the absurd three consequences, which are my
revolt, my freedom, and my passion...
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The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.
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Le fameux discours de Saint-Just a ainsi tous les airs d'une étude théologique. "Louis [XVI] étra...
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I sometimes think of what future historians will say of us. A single sentence will suffice for moder...
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I know of only one duty, and that is to love
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In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion
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Everyone would like to behave like a pagan, with everyone else behaving like a Christian
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There is but one freedom, to put oneself right with death. After that everything is possible.
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... We need the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive.
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Au milieu de l'hiver, j'ai découvert en moi un invincible été.
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The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
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Aujourd'hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas.
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This heart within me I can feel, and I judge that it exists. This world I can touch, and I likewise ...
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But what then is capital punishment but the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal's dee...
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I have a very old and very faithful attachment for dogs. I like them because they always forgive.
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People don't love each other at our age, Marthe—they please each other, that's all. Later on, when...
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