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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