Zitat des Tages von Albert Camus:
Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
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.
The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody.
Lying is not only saying what isn't true. It is also, in fact especially, saying more than is true and, in the case of the human heart, saying more than one feels. We all do it, every day, to make life simpler.
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.
Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.
By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!
Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference.
Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.
Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
What is a rebel? A man who says no: but whose refusal does not imply a renunciation.
What the world requires of the Christians is that they should continue to be Christians.
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door.
We rarely confide in those who are better than we are.
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
In order to exist, man must rebel, but rebellion must respect the limits that it discovers in itself - limits where minds meet, and in meeting, begin to exist.
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.
Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price of goods that they cannot do without.
Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.
We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.
When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.
Every man needs slaves like he needs clean air. To rule is to breathe, is it not? And even the most disenfranchised get to breathe. The lowest on the social scale have their spouses or their children.
The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm.
Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.
Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.
I have never been able to renounce the light, the pleasure of being, and the freedom in which I grew up.
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.
Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to live with as it is elating. We must march toward these two goals, painfully but resolutely, certain in advance of our failings on so long a road.
You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade.
The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.
A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.