72 Famous Albert Camus Quotes
Today, I wanted to share with you some of the most famous Albert Camus quotes. If you’re not familiar with him, Albert Camus was a French philosopher, author, and journalist. Camus’ is most known for his books, The Plague, The Fall, The Rebel, and The Stranger and explores his philosophical idea, Absurdism.
To help you understand his ideas and thoughts, I put together some of the most famous Albert Camus quotes. The Albert Camus quotes that I selected will help you explore is philosophical idea, absurdism, and will help you grow your knowledge!
Get To Know Philosopher Albert Camus
The famous philosopher Albert Camus said that the only real philosophical question was whether or not to commit suicide. With that in mind, take a look at his work and his philosophical idea, Absurdism. Hopefully, now you will be to understand these Albert Camus quotes and who he was.
72 Famous Albert Camus Quotes
I wanted to start off with these 5 powerful Albert Camus quotes. These quotes were the first quotes that I ever saw from Albert Camus. After reading those Albert Camus quotes, I ordered a copy of “The Plague” and had to read it twice to completely absorb it. Personally, after reading his books he quickly become one of my favorite philosophers.
Albert Camus Quotes: "The Plague"
7. “I have no idea what’s awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.” – Albert Camus, The Plague
8. “The evil in the world comes almost always from ignorance, and goodwill can cause as much damage as ill-will if it is not enlightened. People are more often good than bad, though in fact that is not the question. But they are more or less ignorant and this is what one calls vice or virtue, the most appalling vice being the ignorance that thinks it knows everything and which consequently authorizes itself to kill. The murderer’s soul is blind, and there is no true goodness or fine love without the greatest possible degree of clear-sightedness.” – Albert Camus, The Plague
9. “Well, personally, I’ve seen enough of people who die for an idea. I don’t believe in heroism; I know it’s easy and I’ve learned that it can be murderous. What interests me is living and dying for what one loves.” – Albert Camus, The Plague
11. “But again and again there comes a time in history when the man who dares to say that two and two make four is punished with death. The schoolteacher is well aware of this. And the question is not one of knowing what punishment or reward attends the making of this calculation. The question is one of knowing whether two and two do make four” – Albert Camus, The Plague
12. “In fact, it comes to this: nobody is capable of really thinking about anyone, even in the worst calamity. For really to think about someone means thinking about that person every minute of the day, without letting one’s thoughts be diverted by anything- by meals, by a fly that settles on one’s cheek, by household duties, or by a sudden itch somewhere. But there are always flies and itches. That’s why life is difficult to live.” – Albert Camus, The Plague
13. “All I can say is that on this earth there are pestilences and there are victims– and as far as possible one must refuse to be on the side of the pestilence.” – Albert Camus, The Plague
15. “What’s true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well. It helps men to rise above themselves.” – Albert Camus, The Plague
16. “Stupidity has a knack of getting its way; as we should see if we were not always so much wrapped up in ourselves.” – Albert Camus, The Plague
17. “In this respect, our townsfolk were like everybody else, wrapped up in themselves; in other words, they were humanists: they disbelieved in pestilences. A pestilence isn’t a thing made to man’s measure; therefore we tell ourselves that pestilence is a mere bogy of the mind, a bad dream that will pass away. But it doesn’t always pass away and, from one bad dream to another, it is men who pass away, and the humanists first of all, because they have taken no precautions.” – Albert Camus, The Plague
19. “It is in the thick of calamity that one gets hardened to the truth – in other words, to silence.” – Albert Camus, The Plague
20. “There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.” – Albert Camus, The Plague
21. “Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.” – Albert Camus, The Plague
23. “But what are a hundred million deaths? When one has served in a war, one hardly knows what a dead man is, after a while. And since a dead man has no substance unless one has actually seen him dead, a hundred million corpses broadcast through history are no more than a puff of smoke in the imagination.” – Albert Camus, The Plague
24. “Perhaps the easiest way of making a town’s acquaintance is to ascertain how the people in it work, how they love, and how they die.” – Albert Camus, The Plague
25. “For there is no denying that the plague had gradually killed off in all of us the faculty not of love only but even of friendship. Naturally enough, since love asks something of the future, and nothing was left us but a series of present moments.” – Albert Camus, The Plague
Albert Camus Quotes: "The Stranger"
27. “I had been right, I was still right, I was always right. I had lived my life one way and I could just as well have lived it another. I had done this and I hadn’t done that. I hadn’t done this thing but I had done another. And so?” – Albert Camus, The Stranger
28. “She was wearing a pair of my pajamas with the sleeves rolled up. When she laughed I wanted her again. A minute later she asked me if I loved her. I told her it didn’t mean anything but that I didn’t think so. She looked sad. But as we were fixing lunch, and for no apparent reason, she laughed in such a way that I kissed her.” – Albert Camus, The Stranger
29. “Mostly, I could tell, I made him feel uncomfortable. He didn’t understand me, and he was sort of holding it against me. I felt the urge to reassure him that I was like everybody else, just like everybody else. But really there wasn’t much point, and I gave up the idea out of laziness.” – Albert Camus, The Stranger
31. “I’ve never really had much of an imagination. But still I would try to picture the exact moment when the beating of my heart would no longer be going on inside my head.” – Albert Camus, The Stranger
32. “Nothing, nothing mattered, and I knew why. So did he. Throughout the whole absurd life I’d lived, a dark wind had been rising toward me from somewhere deep in my future, across years that were still to come, and as it passed, this wind leveled whatever was offered to me at the time, in years no more real than the ones I was living. What did other people’s deaths or a mother’s love matter to me; what did his God or the lives people choose or the fate they think they elect matter to me when we’re all elected by the same fate, me and billions of privileged people like him who also called themselves my brothers? Couldn’t he see, couldn’t he see that? Everybody was privileged. There were only privileged people. The others would all be condemned one day. And he would be condemned, too.” – Albert Camus, The Stranger
33. “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.” – Albert Camus, The Stranger
35. “For the first time in a long time I thought about Maman. I felt as if I understood why at the end of her life she had taken a ‘fiancé,’ why she had played at beginning again. Even there, in that home where lives were fading out, evening was a kind of wistful respite. So close to death, Maman must have felt free then and ready to live it all again. Nobody, nobody had the right to cry over her. And I felt ready to live it all again too.” – Albert Camus, The Stranger
36. “I knew that I had shattered the harmony of the day, the exceptional silence of a beach where I’d been happy. Then I fired four more times at the motionless body where the bullets lodged without leaving a trace. And it was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness.” – Albert Camus, The Stranger
37. “At that time, I often thought that if I had had to live in the trunk of a dead tree, with nothing to do but look up at the sky flowing overhead, little by little I would have gotten used to it.” – Albert Camus, The Stranger
39. “I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again. For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate.” – Albert Camus, The Stranger
40. “I was assailed by memories of a life that wasn’t mine anymore, but one in which I’d found the simplest and most lasting joys: the smells of summer, the part of town I loved, a certain evening sky, Marie’s dresses and the way she laughed.” – Albert Camus, The Stranger
41. “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.” – Albert Camus, The Stranger
Quotes From "The Fall"
43. “I used to advertise my loyalty and I don’t believe there is a single person I loved that I didn’t eventually betray.” – Albert Camus, The Fall
44. “Men are never convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity, of the seriousness of your sufferings, except by your death. So long as you are alive, your case is doubtful; you have a right only to their skepticism.” – Albert Camus, The Fall
45. “Friendship is less simple. It is long and hard to obtain but when one has it there’s no getting rid of it; one simply has to cope with it. Don’t think for a minute that your friends will telephone you every evening, as they ought to, in order to find out if this doesn’t happen to be the evening when you are deciding to commit suicide, or simply whether you don’t need company, whether you are not in the mood to go out. No, don’t worry, they’ll ring up the evening you are not alone, when life is beautiful. As for suicide, they would be more likely to push you to it, by virtue of what you owe to yourself, according to them. May heaven protect us, cher Monsieur, from being set upon a pedestal by our friends!” – Albert Camus, The Fall
47. “Don’t lies eventually lead to the truth? And don’t all my stories, true or false, tend toward the same conclusion? Don’t they all have the same meaning? So what does it matter whether they are true or false if, in both cases, they are significant of what I have been and what I am? Sometimes it is easier to see clearly into the liar than into the man who tells the truth. Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.” – Albert Camus, The Fall
48. “I love life – that’s my real weakness. I love it so much that I am incapable of imagining what is not life.” – Albert Camus, The Fall
49. “Your success and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them. But to be happy it is essential not to be too concerned with others. Consequently, there is no escape. Happy and judged, or absolved and wretched.” – Albert Camus, The Fall
51. “We are all exceptional cases. We all want to appeal against something! Each of us insists on being innocent at all cost, even if he has to accuse the whole human race and heaven itself.” – Albert Camus, The Fall
52. “Of course, true love is exceptional – two or three times a century, more or less. The rest of the time there is vanity or boredom.” – Albert Camus, The Fall
53. “I have a very old and very faithful attachment for dogs. I like them because they always forgive.” – Albert Camus, The Fall
55. “But too many people now climb onto the cross merely to be seen from a greater distance, even if they have to trample somewhat on the one who has been there so long.” – Albert Camus, The Fall
56. “I felt as though I was partly unlearning what i had never learned and yet knew so well: I mean, how to live.” – Albert Camus, The Fall
57. “How could sincerity be a condition of friendship? A liking for the truth at all costs is a passion that spares nothing and that nothing can withstand.” – Albert Camus, The Fall
Quotes From "The Rebel"
59. “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
60. “Become so very free that your whole existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus, The Rebel
61. “There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined.” – Albert Camus, The Rebel
63. “Human rebellion ends in metaphysical revolution. It progresses from appearances to acts, from the dandy to the revolutionary.” – Albert Camus, The Rebel
64. “The future is the only kind of property that the masters willingly concede to the slaves.” – Albert Camus, The Rebel
66. “From the moment that man believes neither in God nor in immortal life, he becomes ‘responsible for everything alive, for everything that, born of suffering, is condemned to suffer from life.’ It is he, and he alone, who must discover law and order. Then the time of exile begins, the endless search for justification, the aimless nostalgia, ‘the most painful, the most heartbreaking question, that of the heart which asks itself: where can I feel at home?” – Albert Camus, The Rebel
67. “The final conclusion of absurdist reasoning is, in fact, the repudiation of suicide and the acceptance of the desperate encounter between human inquiry and the silence of the universe. Suicide would mean the end of this encounter, and absurdist reasoning considers that it could not consent to this without negating its own premises.” – Albert Camus, The Rebel
68. “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
70. “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
71. “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
72. “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