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Albert Camus

Sometimes, from beyond the skycrapers, the cry …

Sometimes, from beyond the skycrapers, the cry of a tugboat finds you in your insomnia, and you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island.

Sometimes, from beyond the skycrapers, the cry of a tugboat finds you in your insomnia, and you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island.

On entendait alors les véhicules cahoter encore…

On entendait alors les véhicules cahoter encore dans la nuit d’été, avec leur chargement de fleurs et de morts.

On entendait alors les véhicules cahoter encore dans la nuit d’été, avec leur chargement de fleurs et de morts.

You know very well that I no longer think. I am…

You know very well that I no longer think. I am far too intelligent for that.

You know very well that I no longer think. I am far too intelligent for that.

One plays at being immortal and after a few wee…

One plays at being immortal and after a few weeks one doesn't even know whether or not one can hang on till the next day.

One plays at being immortal and after a few weeks one doesn’t even know whether or not one can hang on till the next day.

Mas, no que se refere a este tribunal, a virtud…

Mas, no que se refere a este tribunal, a virtude negativa da toler ncia deve transformar-se na virtude menos fácil, mas mais elevada, da justiça. Sobretudo, quando o vazio de um coração, assim como o que descobrimos neste homem, se torna um abismo onde a sociedade pode sucumbir. [...] Ainda na opinião dele, um homem que matava moralmente a mãe devia ser afastado da sociedade dos homens,exatamente como o que levantava a mão criminosa contra o autor de seus dias. Em todos os casos, o primeiro preparava os atos do segundo, anunciava-os, de certa forma, e legitimava-os. [...] - Peço-vos a cabeça deste homem - disse. E é sem escrúpulos que vos dirijo este pedido. Pois no decorrer da minha longa carreira tem-me acontecido pedir a pena capital, mas nunca como hoje eu senti este penoso dever tão compensado, equilibrado, iluminado pela consciência de um mandamento sagrado e imperativo e pelo horror que sinto diante de um rosto humano onde nada leio que não seja monstruoso.

Mas, no que se refere a este tribunal, a virtude negativa da toler ncia deve transformar-se na virtude menos fácil, mas mais elevada, da justiça. Sobretudo, quando o vazio de um coração, assim como o…

People hasten to judge in order not to be judge…

People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.

People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.

Who, cher monsieur, will sleep on the floor for…

Who, cher monsieur, will sleep on the floor for us? Whether I am capable of it myself? Look, I'd like to be and I shall be. Yes, we shall all be capable of it one day, and that will be salvation.

Who, cher monsieur, will sleep on the floor for us? Whether I am capable of it myself? Look, I’d like to be and I shall be. Yes, we shall all be capable of it one…

The irrational, the human nostalgia, and the ab…

The irrational, the human nostalgia, and the absurd that is born of their encounter - these are the three characters in the drama that must necessarily end with all the logic of which an existence is capable

The irrational, the human nostalgia, and the absurd that is born of their encounter – these are the three characters in the drama that must necessarily end with all the logic of which an existence…

The spirit of rebellion can only exist in a soc…

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.

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.

We are living in the era of premeditation and t…

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.

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…

I knew a man who gave twenty years of his life …

I knew a man who gave twenty years of his life to a scatterbrained woman, sacrificing everything to her, his friendships, his work, the very respectability of his life and who one evening recognized that he had never loved her. He had been bored, thats all, bored like most people. Hence he had made himself out of whole cloth a life full of complications and drama. Something must happen and that explains most human commitments. Something must happen even loveless slavery, even war or death.

I knew a man who gave twenty years of his life to a scatterbrained woman, sacrificing everything to her, his friendships, his work, the very respectability of his life and who one evening recognized that…

If we believe in nothing, if nothing has any me…

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.

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.

If nothing had any meaning, you would be right….

If nothing had any meaning, you would be right. But there is something that still has a meaning.

If nothing had any meaning, you would be right. But there is something that still has a meaning.

Existence is illusory and it is eternal.

Existence is illusory and it is eternal.

Existence is illusory and it is eternal.

After awhile you could get used to anything.

After awhile you could get used to anything.

After awhile you could get used to anything.

This very heart which is mine will forever rema…

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.

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…

Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don’t …

Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know.

Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don’t know.

Sans doute, rien n’est plus naturel, aujourd’hu…

Sans doute, rien n’est plus naturel, aujourd’hui, que de voir des gens travailler du matin au soir et choisir ensuite de perdre aux cartes, au café, et en bavardages, le temps qui leur reste pour vivre.

Sans doute, rien n’est plus naturel, aujourd’hui, que de voir des gens travailler du matin au soir et choisir ensuite de perdre aux cartes, au café, et en bavardages, le temps qui leur reste pour…

How did I picture the life after the grave?I Fa…

How did I picture the life after the grave?I Fairly bawled out at him: 'A life in which I can remember this life on earth. That's all I want of it.

How did I picture the life after the grave?I Fairly bawled out at him: ‘A life in which I can remember this life on earth. That’s all I want of it.

There comes a time in history when the man who …

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 that of knowing whether two and two do make four.

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…

Aujourd’hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier…

Aujourd'hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas. J'ai reçu un télégramme de l'asile : « Mère décédée. Enterrement demain. Sentiments distingués. » Cela ne veut rien dire. C'était peut-être hier.

Aujourd’hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas. J’ai reçu un télégramme de l’asile : « Mère décédée. Enterrement demain. Sentiments distingués. » Cela ne veut rien dire. C’était peut-être hier.

At that time, I often thought that if I had had…

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.

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 rebel; therefore I exist.

I rebel; therefore I exist.

I rebel; therefore I exist.

Je réclame l’indépendance dans l’interdépendanc…

Je réclame l'indépendance dans l'interdépendance.

Je réclame l’indépendance dans l’interdépendance.

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with …

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.

Viene sempre il momento in cui bisogna sceglier…

Viene sempre il momento in cui bisogna scegliere fra la contemplazione e l'azione. Ciò si chiama diventare un uomo.

Viene sempre il momento in cui bisogna scegliere fra la contemplazione e l’azione. Ciò si chiama diventare un uomo.

There is only one class of men, the privileged …

There is only one class of men, the privileged class

There is only one class of men, the privileged class

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way; as we…

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way; as we should see if we were not always so much wrapped up in ourselves.

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way; as we should see if we were not always so much wrapped up in ourselves.

It is always easy to be logical. It is almost i…

It is always easy to be logical. It is almost impossible to be logical to the bitter end.

It is always easy to be logical. It is almost impossible to be logical to the bitter end.

Every achievement is a servitude. It compels us…

Every achievement is a servitude. It compels us to a higher achievement.

Every achievement is a servitude. It compels us to a higher achievement.

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