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Biography - Albert Camus:

French philosopher, author, and journalist. Nobel Prize in Literature (1957).
Born: 1913 - Died: 1960
Period:
20th century
Place of birth: Algeria
Algeria

Art is a means of stirring the greatest number of people by offering them a privileged picture of common joys and sufferings. It obliges the artist not to keep himself apart; it subjects him to the most humble and the most universal truth.



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Source: Speech at the Nobel Banquet, December 10, 1957

The Nobel Prize - Albert Camus - Banquet speech (fr) 




Translation

Translation

(French)



French
L'art n'est pas à mes yeux une réjouissance solitaire. Il est un moyen d'émouvoir le plus grand nombre d'hommes en leur offrant une image privilégiée des souffrances et des joies communes. Il oblige donc l'artiste à ne pas s'isoler ; il le soumet à la vérité la plus humble et la plus universelle.




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Quotes for: art


Quotes

Quotes about art:


Truly, art is embedded in nature; he who can extract it, has it.





My trade and art is to live.





The more I think about it the more I feel that there’s nothing more genuinely artistic than to love people.





Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.





I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal, also his fine art, finally also the only kind of piety he knows, his 'divine service.'





The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.











Quotes for: truth


Quotes

Quotes for: truth


Truth prevails only to the extent that we successfully assert it. The victory of reason can only be the victory of rational people.





Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.





Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.





Love truth, but pardon error.





The language of truth is simple.





Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.











Quotes for: solitude


Quotes

Quotes about solitude:


Miss one person and the world seems empty.





A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.





All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone.





As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.





The wise man sometimes flees from society from fear of being bored.





One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.











Quotes for: joy


Quotes

Quotes for: joy


I dare to believe that inner joy has some secret power to win the favour of fortune.





The best way to begin each day well is to think upon awakening whether we could not give at least one person pleasure on this day.





It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.





A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.





Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.





Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.











Quotes for: artist


Quotes

Quotes for: artist


Whoever wants to know something about me - as an artist which alone is significant - they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognise what I am and what I want.





The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.





Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.





Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.





True artists scorn nothing: they are obliged to understand rather than to judge.





Great artists have no country.











Quotes

Quotes for: pain


Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure.





I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance.





Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.





Who fears to suffer, already suffers what he fears.





I have only one passion, that for light, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and which has the right to happiness.





No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love.











Quotes

Albert Camus also said...


The need to be right - the sign of a vulgar mind.





In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.





The greatness of man lies in his decision to be stronger than his condition.





The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.





True artists scorn nothing: they are obliged to understand rather than to judge.





Freedom is not constituted primarily of privilege but of responsibilities.












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