Death will be my supreme protest against a world of tears and blood.

Albert Camus

Albert Camus

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: French


Death will be my supreme protest against a world of tears and blood. Albert Camus

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A world remains of which man is the sole master. What bound him was the illusion of another world.

The most destitute men often end up by accepting illusion.

As if this great outburst of anger had purged all my ills, killed all my hopes, I looked up at the mass of signs and stars in the night sky and laid myself open for the first time to the benign indifference of the world-- and finding it so much like myself, in fact so fraternal, I realized that I'd been happy, and that I was still happy.

I replied that you could never change your life, that in any case one life was as good as another and that I wasn't at all dissatisfied with mine here.

Fortunately there is gin, the sole glimmer in this darkness. Do you feel the golden, copper-coloured light it kindles in you? I like walking through the city of an evening in the warmth of gin.

And I too, felt ready to start life all over again. It was as if that great rush of anger had washed me clean, emptied me of hope, and, gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe.

No one realises that some individuals consume herculesque forces only to be normal.

Yes, be patient with me. My heart is heavy.

There's the risk of being loved...and that would keep me from being happy.

The spirit of rebellion can exist only in a society where a theoretical equality conceals great factual inequalities.

If we believe in nothing, if nothing has any meaning and if we can affirm no values whatsoever, then everything is possible and nothing has any importance.

If nihilism is the inability to believe, then its most serious symptom is not found in atheism, but in the inability to believe in what is, to see what is happening, and to live life as it is offered. This infirmity is at the root of all idealism. Morality has no faith in the world.

I have always mocked greed which, in our society, takes the place of ambition. I was aiming higher.

When a man has learned how to remain alone with his suffering, how to overcome his longing to flee, then he has little left to learn.