Albert Camus Quotes

Generally, I like all islands. There, it is easier to rule.
Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 49, Gallimard (1956).
Whereas the Greeks gave to will the boundaries of reason, we have come to put the will's impulse in the very center of reason, which has, as a result, become deadly.
Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Helen's Exile," The Myth of Sisyphus & Other Essays (first publ. 1948, 1955).
Friendship is not so simple. It is hard to get and takes a long time, but when one ha it one cannot get rid of it, one has to face it.
Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 35, Gallimard (1956).
Old married people look so much alike that they have the same number of hairs in their ears.
Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Helicon in Caligula, act 4, sc. 6, Pléiade (1962).
I, who am speaking to you, if I had had the chance to choose my father, I would not have been born.
Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Helicon the slave in Caligula, act 1, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).
I understood, by dint of digging into my memories, that modesty helped me to shine, humility helped me to triumph and virtue to oppress.
Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 90, Gallimard (1956).
You will see ... that it is easier to go down the social ladder than to climb it.
Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Helicon the slave in Caligula, act 2, sc 5, Pléiade (1962).
I was comfortable in all, I admit, but at the same time, nothing satisfied me. Each joy made me seek another.
Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 34, Gallimard (1956).
... unhappiness is like marriage. We believe we chose it, but then it is choosing us. That is how it is, we can do nothing about it.
Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Helicon the slave in Caligula, act 1, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).
If pimps and thieves everywhere were always punished, honest people would all believe themselves always to be innocent.
Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 44, Gallimard (1956).