Black and white photograph of French novelist, essayist, and playwright Albert Camus.

Albert Camus

(1913 - 1960)

Born in Algeria in 1913, Albert Camus published The Stranger in 1942, The Plague in 1947, and The Fall in 1956. At the age of forty-four in 1957, he became the second-youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, after Rudyard Kipling. He died in a car accident in 1960 while riding from Lourmarin to Paris; a train ticket for that trip was found in his pocket. 

All Writing

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

- Albert Camus,c. 1940

Too many people have decided to do without generosity in order to practice charity.

- Albert Camus,1956

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.

- Albert Camus,1951

I sometimes think of what future historians will say of us. A single sentence will suffice for modern man: he fornicated and read the papers.

- Albert Camus,1957

To ensure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough; a police force is needed as well.

- Albert Camus,1951

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the state.

- Albert Camus,1951

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