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Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.
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Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.
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Methods of thought which claim to give the lead to our world in the name of revolution have become, in reality, ideologies of consent and not of rebellion.
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Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
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Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price of goods that they cannot do without.
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Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
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One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.
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Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence.
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Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
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Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference.
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Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
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Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
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Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.
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The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.
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The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves.
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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.
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The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.
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The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism.
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The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm.
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The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.
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The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.
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The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
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The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.
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The society based on production is only productive, not creative.
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The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.
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The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.
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The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody.
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There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.
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There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
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There is the good and the bad, the great and the low, the just and the unjust. I swear to you that all that will never change.
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There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.
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Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.
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Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.
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Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.
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To abandon oneself to principles is really to die - and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
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To assert in any case that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no-one in his right mind will believe this today.
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To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one's landlady.
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To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.
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To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything.
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To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well.
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To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
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Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
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Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.
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Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
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We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love - first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.
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We are all special cases.
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We call first truths those we discover after all the others.
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We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.
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We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.
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We rarely confide in those who are better than we are.
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