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Born November 7, 1913, died January 4, 1960. Albert Camas was an award-winning author, journalist, as well as philosopher and famous for winning the French Nobel Prize and writing some of the most existential pieces of literature throughout the early part of the 1900s. Born in French Algeria, Albert studied at the University of Algiers and was even starting as goalkeeper for his university football team until tuberculosis cut his athletic career short almost instantly. During his time recovering from this disease he fell in love with writing, recording the everyday goings-on of the people that he came into contact with, as well as a deep love for philosophy and forward thinking. Even though he himself did not enjoy the title of "existentialist", the global community (and specifically the French) had absolutely no trouble whatsoever attaching this title to him – which quickly led to him being recognized as the global leader for this philosophical movement. It was in 1949 that Camas founded the Group for International Liaisons within the Revolutionary Union Movement, a group designed and formed specifically to denounce to ideologies found in the USSR as well as the USA as far as their viewpoints towards technology were concerned. Probably most recognized for his essay "The Rebel", much of Albert Camus's writings focused around his eclectic philosophy, existentialist style thinking, and a deep sense nihilism, including deep forays into the world of individual and sexual freedoms. Passing away quite young in a motor vehicle accident at just the age of 46 in France, Albert Camas has been recognized as one of the leading writers in the early existentialist movement as well as a "founding father" of the absurdism writing style and philosophy. A number of his works have been published posthumously (including "A Happy Death and The First Man"), which only further helped to spread his ideas and his writings to new generations.

Peace is the only battle worth waging.
Albert Camus

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus

Integrity has no need of rules.
Albert Camus

Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.
Albert Camus

There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.
Albert Camus

Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk
beside me and be my friend.
Albert Camus

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
Albert Camus

I rebel; therefore I exist.
Albert Camus

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do
as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.
Albert Camus

It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.
Albert Camus

Everything considered, a determined soul will always manage.
Albert Camus

If only nature is real and if, in nature, only desire and destruction are legitimate, then, in that
all humanity does not suffice to assuage the thirst for blood, the path of destruction must
lead to universal annihilation.
Albert Camus

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
Albert Camus

My chief occupation, despite appearances, has always been love.
Albert Camus

Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it.
Albert Camus

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
Albert Camus

We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize
that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves.
Albert Camus

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
Albert Camus

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.
Albert Camus

At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman, and these hills, the softness of the sky,
the outline of these trees at this very minute lose the illusory meaning with which we had
clothed them, henceforth more remote than a lost paradise... that denseness and that
strangeness of the world is absurd.
Albert Camus

I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist.
Albert Camus

Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.
Albert Camus

We are all born mad, some remain so.
Albert Camus

The only conception of freedom I can have is that of the prisoner or the individual in the
midst of the State. The only one I know is freedom of thought and action.
Albert Camus

The principles which men give to themselves end by overwhelming their noblest intentions.
Albert Camus

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.
Albert Camus

Let's not beat around the bush - I love life. That's my real weakness. I love it so much that I
am incapable of imagining what is not life.
Albert Camus

There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly
defined.
Albert Camus

We are not certain, we are never certain. If we were we could reach some conclusions, and
we could, at last, make others take us seriously.
Albert Camus

Culture: The cry of men in face of their destiny.
Albert Camus

A free press can be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom a press will never be
anything but bad.
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What is a rebel? A man who says no.
Albert Camus

We all carry within us places of exile, our crimes, our ravages. Our task is not to unleash
them on the world; it is to transform them in ourselves and others.
Albert Camus

Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.
Albert Camus

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
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