The poetry of Albert Camus Quotes

Photograph of Albert Camus with quoted text on love

Albert Camus, Novelist, Philosopher and Poet. The quotes below, taken from the body of his work, highlight his insights in to the human condition. While he passed away in 1960, he speaks to issues; we contemplate today.

On Love

Whoever gives nothing, has nothing.

The greatest misfortune is not to be unloved,


but not to love
.

On The Power of Friendship

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.

On Fitting In

Nobody Realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

On Hope born of Despair

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.

The art of deception

Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.

The Stranger – a Novella by Albert Camus

If you would like to read more from Albert Camus, we recommend starting with his standout work and one of our favourite reads of all time.



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Article – Benito Kobayashi, February 2021

Image – “Albert Camus with Quote on love” constructed from public domain images. 

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