Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.
To abandon oneself to principles is really to die – and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
For my own part, I abandon the ethics of duty to the Hegelian critique with no regrets; it would appear to me, indeed, to have been correctly characterized by Hegel as an abstract thought, as a thought of understanding.
To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one’s landlady.
Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.
There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.
The logic of validation allows us to move between the two limits of dogmatism and skepticism.
The absurd depends as much on man as on the world. For the moment, it is all that links them together.
The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.