He was a representative of non-metropolitan French literature.
His origin in Algeria and his experiences there in the thirties were
dominating influences in his thought and work. Of semi-proletarian
parents, early attached to intellectual circles of strongly
revolutionary tendencies, with a deep interest in philosophy (only
chance prevented him from pursuing a university career in that
field), he came to France at the age of twenty-five. The man and
the times met: Camus joined the resistance movement during the
occupation and after the liberation was a columnist for the
newspaper Combat. But his journalistic activities had been chiefly
a response to the demands of the time; in 1947 Camus retired from political journalism and, besides writing his fiction and essays, was very active in the theatre as producer and playwright (e.g., Caligula, 1944). He also adapted plays by Calderon, Lope de Vega, Dino Buzzati, and Faulkner’s Requiem for a Nun. His love for the theatre may be traced back to his membership in L’Equipe, an Algerian theatre group, whose “collective creation” Révolte dans les Asturies (1934) was banned for political reasons. (photo: Albert Camus by Yousuf Karsh 1954)
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1957 was awarded to Albert Camus "for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times."
Don't walk in front of me . . . I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me . . . I may not lead
Walk beside me . . . just be my friend.
- Albert Camus
People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.
- Joseph F. Newton
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity;
and I'm not sure about the universe.
- Albert Einstein
I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure.
I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle.
But if you can't handle me at my worst,
then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.
- Marilyn Monroe
There is only one boss: the customer.
And he can fire everybody in the company,
from the chairman on down,
simply by spending his money somewhere else.
- Sam Walton
There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter, September 16, 1919 - January 12, 1990, was a Canadian educator and "hierarchiologist" best known to the general public for the formulation of the Peter principle.
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
- Booker T. Washington
Be brave enough to live life creatively.
The creative place where no one else has ever been.
- Alan Alda, is best known for portraying Dr. Hawkeye Pierce on "M*A*S*H," for which he received five Emmys and 21 nominations for acting, writing and directing. He also won an Emmy for "The West Wing" for his work in playing Senator Arnold Vinick.
If you want to know what a man's like,
take a good look at how he treats his inferiors,
not his equals.
- J.K. Rowling, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", is the fourth book in the series, published in 2000.
Here is the truth: the real truth, the thing we must be most afraid of, is the destructive power of absolute beliefs -- that we can know anything conclusively, absolutely -- whether we are compelled to it by anger, fear, righteousness, injustice, indignation. As soon as you have ossified that belief, as soon as you start believing in the absolute, you stop believing in human beings, as mad and tragic as they are... in all their complexity, their otherness, their intractable
reality . . . The only commitment any of us can have is to other people . . .
- One of the monologues by Bryan Cranston's character Howard Beale, from "Network" on Broadway (from Brian Stelter's newsletter on Monday February 18, 2019).