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“Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“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.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“Rebellion cannot exist without a strange form of love.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“أنا أتمرد إذا نحن موجودون”
ألبير كامو, الإنسان المتمرد
“Beauty, no doubt, does not make revolutions. But a day will come when revolutions will have need of beauty.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“أصرخ قائلاً إنني لا أؤمن بشيء , وأن كل شيء عبث .”
ألبير كامو, الإنسان المتمرد
“[…] Everyone tries to make his life a work of art. We want love to last and we know that it does not last; even if, by some miracle, it were to last a whole lifetime, it would still be incomplete. Perhaps, in this insatiable need for perpetuation, we should better understand human suffering, if we knew that it was eternal. It appears that great minds are, sometimes, less horrified by suffering than by the fact that it does not endure. In default of inexhaustible happiness, eternal suffering would at least give us a destiny. But we do not even have that consolation, and our worst agonies come to an end one day. One morning, after many dark nights of despair, an irrepressible longing to live will announce to us the fact that all is finished and that suffering has no more meaning than happiness.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“Whatever we may do, excess will always keep its place in the heart of man, in the place where solitude is found. We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes and our ravages. But our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to fight them in ourselves and in others.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“We are living in the era of premeditation and the perfect crime. Our criminals are no longer helpless children who could plead love as their excuse. On the contrary, they are adults and the have the perfect alibi: philosophy, which can be used for any purpose - even for transforming murderers into judges.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“The words that reverberate for us at the confines of this long adventure of rebellion are not formulas for optimism, for which we have no possible use in the extremities of our unhappiness, but words of courage and intelligence which, on the shores of the eternal seas, even have the qualities of virtue.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“Those who love, friends and lovers, know that love is not only a blinding flash, but also a long and painful struggle in the darkness for the realization of definitive recognition and reconciliation.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“Freedom, "that terrible word inscribed on the chariot of the storm," is the motivating principle of all revolutions. Without it, justice seems inconceivable to the rebel's mind. There comes a time, however, when justice demands the suspension of freedom. Then terror, on a grand or small scale, makes its appearance to consummate the revolution. Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being. But one day nostalgia takes up arms and assumes the responsibility of total guilt; in other words, adopts murder and violence.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“Le seul moyen d'affronter un monde sans liberté est de devenir si absolument libre qu'on fasse de sa propre existence un acte de révolte. ”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“The spirit of rebellion can only exist in a society where a theoretical equality conceals great factual inequalities. The problem of rebellion, therefore, has no meaning except within our own Western society.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“The final conclusion of the absurdist protest is, in fact, the rejection of suicide and persistence in that hopeless encounter between human questioning and the silence of the universe.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“Actual freedom has not increased in proportion to man's awareness of it.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“The future is the only transcendental value for men without God.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“Therefore the first progressive step for a mind overwhelmed by the strangeness of things is to
realize that this feeling of strangeness is shared with all men and that human reality, in its entirety, suffers
from the distance which separates it from the rest of the universe. The malady experienced by a single
man becomes a mass plague. In our daily trials rebellion plays the same role as does the "cogito" in the
realm of thought: it is the first piece of evidence. But this evidence lures the individual from his solitude.
It founds its first value on the whole human race. I rebel—therefore we exist.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“Human rebellion ends in metaphysical revolution. It progresses from appearances to acts, from the dandy to the revolutionary.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“They did not know; nor did they know that the negation of everything is in itself a form of servitude and
that real freedom is an inner submission to a value which defies history and its successes.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“The future is the only kind of property that the masters willingly concede to the slaves.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“… man has an idea of a better world than this. But better does not mean different, it means unified… Religion or crime, every human endeavor in fact, finally obeys this unreasonable desire and claims to give life a form it does not have.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“The Byronic
hero, incapable of love, or capable only of an impossible love, suffers endlessly. He is solitary, languid,
his condition exhausts him. If he wants to feel alive, it must be in the terrible exaltation of a brief and
destructive action. To love someone whom one will never see again is to give a cry of exultation as one
perishes in the flames of passion. One lives only in and for the moment, in order to achieve "the brief and
vivid union of a tempestuous heart united to the tempest" (lermontov). The threat of mortality which
hangs over us makes everything abortive. Only the cry of anguish can bring us to life; exaltation takes the
place of truth. To this extent the apocalypse becomes an absolute value in which everything is
confounded—love and death, conscience and culpability. In a chaotic universe no other life exists but that
of the abyss where, according to Alfred Le Poittevin, human beings come "trembling with rage and
exulting in
their crimes" to curse the Creator.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“It is impossible to give a clear account of the world, but art can teach us to reproduce it-just as the world reproduces itself in the course of its eternal gyrations. The primordial sea indefatigably repeats the same words and casts up the same astonished beings on the same sea-shore.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“Dans l'épreuve quotidienne qui est la nôtre, la révolte joue le même rôle que le cogito dans l'ordre de la pensée: elle est la première évidence. Mais cette évidence tire l'individu de sa solitude. Elle est un lien commun qui fonde sur tous les hommes la première valeur. Je me révolte, donc nous sommes.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“It was in vain that he exclaimed in his hour of lucidity, "It is easy to talk about all sorts of immoral
acts; but would one have the courage to carry them through? For example, I could not bear to break my
word or to kill; I should languish, and eventually I should die as a result—that would be my fate." From
the moment that assent was given to the totality of human experience, the way was open to others who,
far from languishing, would gather strength from lies and murder. Nietzsche's responsibility lies in having legitimized, for reasons of method—and even if only for an instant—the opportunity for dishonesty of
which Dostoievsky had already said that if one offered it to people, one could always be sure of seeing
them rushing to seize it.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“But as soon as a man, through lack of character, takes refuge in doctrine, as soon as crime reasons about itself, it multiplies like reason itself and assumes all the aspects of the syllogism. Once crime was as solitary as a cry of protest; now it is as universal as science. Yesterday it was put on trial; today it determines the law.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“Au fond des prisons, le rêve est sans limites, la réalité ne freine rien.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
“If Aliosha had come to the conclusion that neither God nor immortality existed, he would immediately have become an atheist and a socialist. For socialism is not only a question of the working classes; it is above all, in its contemporary incarnation, a question of atheism, a question of the tower of Babel, which is constructed without God's help, not to reach to the heavens, but to bring the heavens down to earth.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

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