Quotes from The Outsider

Albert Camus ·  111 pages

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“I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn't.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“I had only a little time left and I didn't want to waste it on God.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“There is not love of life without despair about life.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“Since we're all going to die, it's obvious that when and how don't matter.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“If something is going to happen to me, I want to be there.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“It was as if that great rush of anger had washed me clean, emptied me of hope, and, gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe.
To feel it so like myself, indeed, so brotherly, made me realize that I'd been happy, and that I was happy still. For all to be accomplished, for me to feel less lonely, all that remained to hope was that on the day of my execution there should be a huge crowd of spectators and that they should greet me with howls of execration.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“I looked up at the mass of signs and stars in the night sky and laid myself open for the first time to the benign indifference of the world.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“Have you no hope at all? And do you really live with the thought that when you die, you die, and nothing remains?" "Yes," I said.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“I had been right, I was still right, I was always right. I had lived my life one way and I could just as well have lived it another. I had done this and I hadn't done that. I hadn't done this thing but I had done another. And so?”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“She was wearing a pair of my pajamas with the sleeves rolled up. When she laughed I wanted her again. A minute later she asked me if I loved her. I told her it didn't mean anything but that I didn't think so. She looked sad. But as we were fixing lunch, and for no apparent reason, she laughed in such a way that I kissed her.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can't be sure.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“Mostly, I could tell, I made him feel uncomfortable. He didn't understand me, and he was sort of holding it against me. I felt the urge to reassure him that I was like everybody else, just like everybody else. But really there wasn't much point, and I gave up the idea out of laziness.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“I realized then that a man who had lived only one day could easily live for a hundred years in prison. He would have enough memories to keep him from being bored”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“I've never really had much of an imagination. But still I would try to picture the exact moment when the beating of my heart would no longer be going on inside my head.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“Nothing, nothing mattered, and I knew why. So did he. Throughout the whole absurd life I'd lived, a dark wind had been rising toward me from somewhere deep in my future, across years that were still to come, and as it passed, this wind leveled whatever was offered to me at the time, in years no more real than the ones I was living. What did other people's deaths or a mother's love matter to me; what did his God or the lives people choose or the fate they think they elect matter to me when we're all elected by the same fate, me and billions of privileged people like him who also called themselves my brothers? Couldn't he see, couldn't he see that? Everybody was privileged. There were only privileged people. The others would all be condemned one day. And he would be condemned, too.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“After another moment's silence she mumbled that I was peculiar, that that was probably why she loved me but that one day I might disgust her for the very same reason.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“After awhile you could get used to anything.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“It is better to burn than to disappear.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“Maman used to say that you can always find something to be happy about. In my prison, when the sky turned red and a new day slipped into my cell, I found out that she was right.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again. For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“And it was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“Mother used to say that however miserable one is, there’s always something to be thankful for. And each morning, when the sky brightened and light began to flood my cell, I agreed with her.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“Aujourd'hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“At that time, I often thought that if I had had to live in the trunk of a dead tree, with nothing to do but look up at the sky flowing overhead, little by little I would have gotten used to it.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“I explained to him, however, that my nature was such that my physical needs often got in the way of my feelings.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“For the first time in a long time I thought about Maman. I felt as if I understood why at the end of her life she had taken a 'fiancé,' why she had played at beginning again. Even there, in that home where lives were fading out, evening was a kind of wistful respite. So close to death, Maman must have felt free then and ready to live it all again. Nobody, nobody had the right to cry over her. And I felt ready to live it all again too.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“One always has exaggerated ideas about what one doesn't know.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“I knew that I had shattered the harmony of the day, the exceptional silence of a beach where I'd been happy. Then I fired four more times at the motionless body where the bullets lodged without leaving a trace. And it was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness. ”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


“I felt the urge to reassure him that I was like everybody else, just like everybody else.”
― Albert Camus, quote from The Outsider


About the author

Albert Camus
Born place: in Mondovi, Algeria
Born date November 7, 1913
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