Camus Quotes

Albert Camus

Best quotes by Albert Camus

The philosophy of Albert Camus radiates in all fields of social sciences: essay, theater, novels.

Criticized for his nihilism, his philosophy can be related to existentialism. Camus‘s accents are Pascalian, Kierkegaardian even sometimes Kafkaesque. The philosophy of the absurd means the human condition, ordered to find by himself the meaning of life. However, the absurd is a philosophy of action, of rebellion. By acting, men re-inject meaning in the world.

Camus’ major works are:

– The Myth of Sisyphus

– The Rebel

– The Fall

– The stranger

– The Plague

Camus, absurdity and nihilism:

– “The absurd is lucid reason that recognizes its limits”

– “God denies the world, and I deny God! Cheers anything because it’s the only thing that exists!”

– “The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human call and the unreasonable silence of the world”


Camus and the human condition:

– “Man is the only creature who refuses to be what it is”

– “The greatness of man lies in his decision to be stronger than his condition”

– “All human unhappiness comes from the hope”

– “The meaning of life removed, there is still life”

– “The absurd man says yes and his efforts will henceforth be unceasing. If there is a personal fate, there is no higher destiny, or at least there is one which he concludes that it is inevitable and despicable. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy ”

Camus and Suicide:

– “A gesture like suicide is brewing in the silence of the heart just like a great work”

– “There is a really serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is worth or not worth the trouble of living is to answer the fundamental question of philosophy”

Camus and politics:

– “Any form of contempt, if it intervenes in politics, prepares or introduces fascism”

– “The strongest passion of the twentieth century slavery”

– “When we are all guilty, it will be democracy”

– “The contemporary political society: a machine desperate men”

– “Democracy is not majority rule, but protection of the minority”

– “Freedom, only imperishable value of history”

Camus, love and tenderness:

– “If there is one thing you could want and still get sometimes is human kindness”

– “I know of only one duty, and that is to love”

– “The man has two faces: he can not love without love”

– “To love a being is willing to grow old with him”

– “There is no love to live without despair of living”

– “That’s love, give everything, sacrificing everything, never to return”

– “Why should we rarely love for love much?”

Camus and the Death Penalty:

– “The capital punishment is not simply death. It is also different, in essence, the deprivation of life, the concentration camp is from prison. It is murder, no doubt, and who pays the arithmetically murder. But it adds to death regulation, and public premeditation known to the future victim, an organization, finally, which is itself a source of moral sufferings more terrible than death. It n ‘There is no equivalence ”

More on Camus’s Philosophy:

Camus and Sartre

Cite this article as: Tim, "Camus Quotes, May 11, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, May 11, 2012,

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