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Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Albert Camus, son of a working-class family, was born in Algeria in 1913.
He spent the early years of his life in North Africa, where he worked a various jobs (in the weather bureau, in an automobile-accessory firm, in a shipping company) to help pay for his courses at the University of Algiers.
He then turned to journalism as a career. His report on the unhappy state of the Muslims of the Kabylie region aroused the Algerian government to action and brought him public notice.
From 1935 to 1938 he ran the Theatre de l'Equipe, a theatrical company that produced plays by Malraux, Gide, Synge, Dostoevski, and others.
During World War II he was one of the leading writers of the French Resistance and editor of Combat, then an important underground newspaper.
Camus was always very active in the theater, and several of his plays have been published and produced.
His fiction, including The Stranger, The Plague, The Fall, and Exile and the Kingdom; his philosophical essays, The Myth of Sisyphus and the Rebel; and his plays have assured his preeminent position in modern French letters.
In 1957 Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His sudden death on January 4, 1960, cut short the career of one of the most important literary figures of the Western world when he was at the very summit of his powers.

all modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State
an actor is a sincere liar
an intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself
as a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our reach
creative people are the opposite of civilised people
freedom of the press is perhaps the one that has suffered the most from the slow degradation of the idea of liberty
here lives a free man. No one serves him
if a master can\'t do without his slave, which of the two is a free man?
it\'s not the struggle that makes us be artists, but Art that makes us struggle
man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is
politics and the fate of mankind are formed by men without ideals and without greatness. Those who have greatness within them do not go in for politics
success is easy to obtain, what is difficult is to deserve it
the future is the only kind of property that the masters willingly concede to the slaves
the only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone
there is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide
they were saying to me that a few deaths were necessary to bring in a world in which no one would be killed any more
what matters is not that which one says, but that which does not need to be said
you know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked a clear question
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