Albert Camus was one of the most influential writers of his time. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957, at the age of 44, becoming the second youngest recipient in history. Here is the best collection of inspirational Albert Camus quotes on life, death, love, absurdity, and more that will inspire and motivate you.
His works have had a lasting impact on philosophy, literature, and political thought.
Albert Camus (1913-1960) was a French writer, philosopher, author, journalist, dramatist, and political activist. He is well known for promoting the concept of absurdism, which refers to the inherent human conflict present between seeking value and meaning in life but being unable to find it with certainty.
Camus believed that the absurdity of life is not a reason to be sad but an opportunity to stand up and look for our own answers and meaning in life.
Some of his famous works include The Stranger, The State of Siege, The Myth of Sisyphus, The Plague, The Fall, and The Rebel.
His writings explored themes of the irrationality of the universe, absurdity of the human life, suicide, death, the nature of human revolt, exile, and redemption.
These best Albert Camus quotes will help you to embrace your existence, find purpose in your life, and make life more meaningful.
Top 10 Albert Camus Quotes
- “Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.” — Albert Camus
- “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” — Albert Camus
- “To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.” — Albert Camus
- “Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.” — Albert Camus
- “Life is a sum of all your choices. So, what are you doing today?” — Albert Camus
- “Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” — Albert Camus
- “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus
- “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” — Albert Camus
- “No matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” — Albert Camus
- “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
Best Quotes By Albert Camus
- “The need to be right – the sign of a vulgar mind.” — Albert Camus
- “You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.” — Albert Camus
- “Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.” — Albert Camus
- “Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.” — Albert Camus
- “An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.” — Albert Camus
- “Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.” — Albert Camus
- “A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” — Albert Camus
- “People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.” — Albert Camus
- “Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.” — Albert Camus
- “When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune.” — Albert Camus
Albert Camus Quotes
- “There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night.” — Albert Camus
- “It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.” — Albert Camus
- “The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus
- “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” — Albert Camus
- “Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.” — Albert Camus
- “You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.” — Albert Camus
- “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” — Albert Camus
- “The Four Conditions of Happiness: Life in the open air, Love for another being, Freedom from ambition, Creation.” — Albert Camus
- “When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him.” — Albert Camus
- “Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude.” — Albert Camus
The Stranger – Albert Camus Quotes
- “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.” — Part 2, Chapter 5
- “A moment later she asked me if I loved her. I said that sort of question had no meaning, really; but I supposed I didn’t. She looked sad for a bit.” — Part 1, Chapter 4
- “I’d got through another Sunday, that Mother now was buried, and tomorrow I’d be going back to work as usual. Really, nothing in my life had changed.” — Part 1, Chapter 2
- “His voice was quite steady when he said: ‘Have you no hope at all? Do you really think that when you die you die outright, and nothing remains?’ I said: ‘Yes’.” — Part 2, Chapter 5
- “Imagination has never been one of my strong points. Still, I tried to picture a moment when the beating of my heart no longer echoed in my head. But in vain.” — Part 2, Chapter 5
- “So I learned that even after a single day’s experience of the outside world a man could easily live a hundred years in prison. He’d have laid up enough memories never to be bored.” — Part 2, Chapter 2
- “Mother used to say that however miserable one is, there’s always something to be thankful for. And each morning, when the sky brightened and light began to flood my cell, I agreed with her.” — Part 2, Chapter 5
- “For the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe. To feel it so like myself, indeed, so brotherly, made me realize that I’d been happy, and that I was happy still.” — Part 2, Chapter 5
- “Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure. The telegram from the Home says: ‘Your mother passed away. Funeral tomorrow. Deep sympathy.’ Which leaves the matter doubtful; it could have been yesterday.” — Part 1, Chapter 1
- “What difference could they make to me, the deaths of others, or a mother’s love … or the way a man decides to live, the fate he thinks he chooses since one and the same fate was bound to ‘choose’ not only me but thousands of millions of privileged people.” — Part 2, Chapter 5
Albert Camus Quotes On Love & Life
- “I know of only one duty, and that is to love.” — Albert Camus
- “Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” — Albert Camus
- “Don’t wait for the last judgment – it takes place every day.” — Albert Camus
- “Yes, everything is simple. It is people who complicate things.” — Albert Camus
- “Friendship often ends in love, but love in friendship – never.” — Albert Camus
- “Everything considered, a determined soul will always manage.” — Albert Camus
- “But in the end, one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.” — Albert Camus
- “Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.” — Albert Camus
- “Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.” — Albert Camus
- “Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.” — Albert Camus
Famous Quotes By Albert Camus
- “Life is meaningless, but worth living, provided you recognize it’s meaningless.” — Albert Camus
- “But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?” — Albert Camus
- “By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.” — Albert Camus
- “Whoever gives nothing, has nothing. The greatest misfortune is not to be unloved, but not to love.” — Albert Camus
- “I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn’t capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.” — Albert Camus
- “Every time a man gives way to vanity, every time he thinks and lives in order to show off, this is a betrayal.” — Albert Camus
- “It is necessary to fall in love… if only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway.” — Albert Camus
- “We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love – first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.” — Albert Camus
- “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
- “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
- “All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.” — Albert Camus
- “The evil that is in the world almost always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.” — Albert Camus
- “We all carry within us places of exile, our crimes, our ravages. Our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to transform them in ourselves and others.” — Albert Camus
- “For 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
- “A world that can be explained even with bad reasons is a familiar world. But, on the other hand, in a universe suddenly divested of illusions and lights, man feels an alien, a stranger.” — Albert Camus
He was often described as an existentialist writer, even though he himself firmly rejected the term throughout his life.
Camus continues to inspire not only writers, journalists, and philosophers. but to everyone who is willing to fight for the right.
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