Wednesday, November 14, 2012

little philosophies/theological hour

Today is the literary birthday (well, the actual birthday of a great literary figure) of Albert Camus.

In honor of his thoughts, here are ten thoughtful, wonderful, extraordinary quotes of his (I starred my very favorites). For me, reading Camus is an example of how one can find truth and understanding in many places and books, whatever the philosophical and theological leanings of the author. So thank you to Camus for his contribution to seeking truth in this world.

  • 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.
  • In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.*
  • You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
  • There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.*
  • The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.*
  • The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
  • Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.
  • It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.
  • Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.**
  • 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.
  • 1 comment:

    1. and during the invincible summer, may we soak up the sun on the beach together metaphorically or not.