Albert Camus

France
7 Nov 1913 // 4 Jan 1960
Writer / Journalist / Philosopher

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We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die
We call first truths those we discover after all the others
We are all special cases
Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil
Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object
To know oneself, one should assert oneself
To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well
To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything
To be happy we must not be too concerned with others
To assert in any case that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no-one in his right mind will believe this today
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