In order to exist, man must rebel, but rebellion must respect the limits that it discovers in itself – limits where minds meet, and in meeting, begin to exist.
To cut short the question of the law of retaliation, we must note that even in its primitive form it can operate only between two individuals of whom one is absolutely innocent, and the other absolutely guilty. The victim, to be sure, is innocent. But can the society that is supposed to represent the victim lay claim to innocence?
Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.
We call first truths those we discover after all the others.
How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
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.
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.