“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”~ Albert Camus
Albert Camus, a renowned philosopher, author, and Nobel laureate, left an indelible mark on the world through his profound insights and unique perspective on life. His ideas have resonated and continue to resonate with people across generations, and I have a feeling they will continue to do so long after we will leave this planet.
Whether you are a devoted Camus enthusiast or a newcomer to his works, these life-changing lessons will undoubtedly leave an imprint on how you view every single aspect of your human existence.
34 Life-Changing Lessons to Learn from Albert Camus
1. You will never experience anything as long as you keep looking for its meaning.
“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.”~ Albert Camus
2. In the depth of winter you will learn there’s an invincible summer within you.
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”~ Albert Camus
3. Many great deeds and thoughts begin in the most unexpected ways.
“All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.”]
4. “Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”~ Albert Camus
5. All good friends walk beside you.
“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend”~ Albert Camus
6. A man’s only vocation is to awaken the light of happiness in those surrounding him.
“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him.”~ Albert Camus
7. “Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.”~ Albert Camus
8. Everything is simple but people complicate it.
“Yes, everything is simple. It is people who complicate things.”~ Albert Camus
9. Not giving up is a superhuman achievement.
“Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.”~ Albert Camus
10. Lacking courage will always be justified.
“Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.”~ Albert Camus
11. The amount of energy people use to seem normal is incredible.
“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”~ Albert Camus
“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”~ Albert Camus
13. No matter what the world gives you, always give back more and better.
“No matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”~ Albert Camus
14. “The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.”~ Albert Camus
15. Evil comes from ignorance.
“The evil that is in the world always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack understanding.”
16. Life would be too easy to live without beauty, love, or danger.
“Life can be magnificent and overwhelming – that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live.”~ Albert Camus
17. “I know of only one duty, and that is to love.”~ Albert Camus
18. Whoever gives nothing, has nothing.
“Whoever gives nothing, has nothing. The greatest misfortune is not to be unloved, but not to love.”~ Albert Camus
19. Love justifies everything you’re feeling.
“It is necessary to fall in love… if only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway.”~ Albert Camus
20. We deceive ourselves about the people we love to their advantage and disadvantage.
“We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love – first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.”
21. “Friendship often ends in love, but love in friendship – never.”~ Albert Camus
22. Don’t be afraid of spending time alone.
“Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.”~ Albert Camus
23. When you give all to the present, you’ll have a generous future.
“Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”
24. Live your life as if there truly is God.
“I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is.”~ Albert Camus
25. “There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night.” ~ Albert Camus
26. Heart that can bend are blessed because they will never be broken.
“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.”
27. People are in a hurry to judge so they won’t be judged themselves.
“People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.”
28. Charm is a way of getting a Yes without having to ask any clear question.
“You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.”
29. “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
30. When the soul suffers too much it develops a taste for misfortune.
“When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune.”
31. A great sin against life is trying to run away from the greatness of this life you’re living right now.
“For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.”
32. “I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn’t capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.”~ Albert Camus
33. Becoming a man means to make a choice between contemplation and action.
“There always comes a time when one must choose between contemplation and action. This is called becoming a man.”