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Albert Camus

Albert Camus, gagnant de prix Nobel, portrait en buste, posé au bureau, faisant face à gauche, cigarette de tabagisme.jpg
Portrait fromNew York World-Telegram and Sun Photograph Collection, 1957

Born

7 November 1913
Mondovi, French Algeria

Died

4 January 1960
Villeblevin, France

Cause of death

Car accident

Alma mater

University of Algiers

Notable work

The Stranger The Myth of Sisyphus The Rebel The Plague

Era

20th-century philosophy

Region

Western philosophy

School

Continental philosophyAbsurdismExistentialismAnarchism

Main interests

Ethics, humanity, justice, politics, suicide

Notable ideas

Absurdism

Influences

  • Sartre, Emma Goldman, Mikhail Bakunin, Peter Kropotkin, Augustine, Homer, Shestov, Marx, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Grenier, Samuel Beckett

Influenced

  • Michel Onfray

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Albert Camus was a French philosopher, author, and journalist. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay The Rebel that his whole life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into individual freedom. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature at the age of 44 in 1957, the second youngest recipient in history.

Camus did not consider himself to be an existentialist despite usually being classified in that way, even in his lifetime. In a 1945 interview, Camus rejected any ideological associations: "No, I am not an existentialist. Sartre and I are always surprised to see our names linked."

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Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face. - Albert Camus

Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.

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The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone. - Albert Camus

The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.

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Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful. - Albert Camus

Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.

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A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. - Albert Camus

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.

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Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. - Albert Camus

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.

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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

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.

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Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason. - Albert Camus

Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.

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Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time. - Albert Camus

Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.

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After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books. - Albert Camus

After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.

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teacher knowledge best
There is the good and the bad, the great and the low, the just and the unjust. I swear to you that all that will never change. - Albert Camus

There is the good and the bad, the great and the low, the just and the unjust. I swear to you that all that will never change.

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Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it. - Albert Camus

Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.

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Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference. - Albert Camus

Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference.

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courage
For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium. - Albert Camus

For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium.

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Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death. - Albert Camus

Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death.

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men death
We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead. - Albert Camus

We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.

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death
There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed. - Albert Camus

There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.

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