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At least 31 great reasons to like the existential thought of Albert Camus


1. “For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.”
2. “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.”
3. “Peace is the only battle worth waging.”
4. “There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.”
5. “I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn’t capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.”
6. “The need to be right — the sign of a vulgar mind.”
7. “Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.”
8. “People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.”
9. “I would rather live my life as if there is a god and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t and die to find out there is.”
10. “Life can be magnificent and overwhelming — that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live. ”
11. “At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman.”
12. “The evil that is in the world almost always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”
13. “Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”
14. “There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined.”
15. “Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it.”
16. “I rebel; therefore I exist.”
17. “Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”
18. “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”
19. “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.”
20. “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger — something better, pushing right back.”
21. “There is scarcely any passion without struggle.”
22. “Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”
23. “But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”
24. “Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.”
25. “In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.”
26. “The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.”
27. “He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.”
28. “The habit of despair is worse than despair itself.”
29. “But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”
30. “My chief occupation, despite appearances, has always been love.”
31. “If absolute truth belongs to anyone in this world, it certainly does not belong to the man or party that claims to possess it.”

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