Albert Camus

On November 7th 1913 one of the most absurd men took his first breath, the ethical Albert Camus. Personally this author, labeled philosopher, absurdist was one of my biggest influences in a post-modern existentialist era. Celebrating his birth, I’ve laid down a handful of his personal quotes and some from his books.

He was most well known for his novel ‘The Stranger’ where ideas and themes revolved around nihilism, stoicism and existentialism. Interestingly, Camus never considered himself an existentialist, philosopher or an atheist. Most people felt one way or another about his writings especially as the generations started to shift.

From the 40s, 70s and through our current modern society, we’ve perceived his thoughts contrastively. For me his ideas on searching truth, humanity, nihilistic manners, laid this real honest composure. Ironically, he died in a car accident on January 4th, 1960. Happy Birthday.

“If the world were obvious, art would not exist.”

“There is no sun without shadow and it is essential to know the night.”

“An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.”

“It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.”

“Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question.”

“He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.”

“There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.”

“When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune.”

“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”

“Now, more than ever.”