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“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion."

[The Minotaur]”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“There is scarcely any passion without struggle.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“I know simply that the sky will last longer than I.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“Man stands face to face with the irrational. He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“A man devoid of hope and conscious of being so has ceased to belong to the future.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“A man is more a man through the things he keeps to himself than through those he says.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“A man wants to earn money in order to be happy, and his whole effort and the best of a life are devoted to the earning of that money. Happiness is forgotten; the means are taken for the end.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“The absurd is lucid reason noting its limits.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“Likewise and during every day of an unillustrious life, time carries us. But a moment always comes when we have to carry it. We live on the future: “tomorrow,” “later on,” “when you have made your way,” “you will understand when you are old enough.” Such irrelevancies are wonderful, for, after all, it’s a matter of dying. Yet a day comes when a man notices or says that he is thirty. Thus he asserts his youth. But simultaneously he situates himself in relation to time. He takes his place in it. He admits that he stands at a certain point on a curve that he acknowledges having to travel to its end. He belongs to time, and by the horror that seizes him, he recognizes his worst enemy. Tomorrow, he was longing for tomorrow, whereas everything in him ought to reject it. That revolt of the flesh is the absurd.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“إن النفس المصممة بالرغم من كل شيء ، تستطيع أن تدبر أمورها دائماً .”
Albert Camus, أسطورة سيزيف
“There can be no question of holding forth on ethics. I have seen people behave badly with great morality and I note every day that integrity has no need of rules”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“Beginning to think is beginning to be undermined. Society has but little connection with such beginnings. The worm is in man's heart. That is where it must be sought. One must follow and understand this fatal game that leads from lucidity in the face of existence to flight from light.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“From the moment absurdity is recognized, it becomes a passion, the most harrowing of all. But whether or not one can live with one's passions, whether or not one can accept their law, which is to burn the heart they simultaneously exalt - that is the whole question.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“Man cannot do without beauty, and this is what our era pretends to want to disregard.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“There is no longer a single idea explaining everything, but an infinite number of essences giving a meaning to an infinite number of objects. The world comes to a stop, but also lights up.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus
“Of whom and of what can I say: "I know that"! This heart within me I can feel, and I judge that it exists. This world I can touch, and I likewise judge that it exists. There ends all my knowledge, and the rest is construction. For if I try to seize this self of which I feel sure, if I try to define and to summarize it, it is nothing but water slipping through my fingers. I can sketch one by one all the aspects it is able to assume, all those likewise that have been attributed to it, this upbringing, this origin, this ardor or these silences, this nobility or this vileness. But aspects cannot be added up. This very heart which is mine will forever remain indefinable to me. Between the certainty I have of my existence and the content I try to give to that assurance the gap will never be filled.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“Why should it be essential to love rarely in order to love much?”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“Thinking is learning all over again how to see, directing one's consciousness, making of every image a privileged place.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“This very heart which is mine will forever remain indefinable to me. Between the certainty I have of my existence and the content I try to give to that assurance, the gap will never be filled. Forever I shall be a stranger to myself.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“I see many people die because they judge that life is not worth living. I see others paradoxically getting killed for the ideas or illusions that give them a reason for living (what is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying). I therefore conclude that the meaning of life is the most urgent of questions.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus
“Creating is living doubly. The groping, anxious quest of a Proust, his meticulous collecting of flowers, of wallpapers, and of anxieties, signifies nothing else.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“What can a meaning outside my condition mean to me? I can understand only in human terms. What I touch, what resists me--that is what I understand. And these two certainties--my appetite for the absolute and for unity and the impossibility of reducing this world to a rational and reasonable principle--I also know that I cannot reconcile them. What other truth can I admit without lying, without bringing in a hope which I lack and which means nothing within the limits of my condition?”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“Ce qu'on appelle une raison de vivre est en même temps une excellente raison de mourir.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“Like great works, deep feelings always mean more than they are conscious of saying.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

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