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Albert Camus on love and happiness: The loss of love is the loss of all rights

French philosopher and Nobel laureate Albert Camus (November 7, 1913–January 4, 1960) became, after the World War II, the spokesman of his own generation and the mentor of the next one, all over the world.

His work reflected the alienation and disillusionment of the postwar intellectual and he is remembered, with Jean-Paul Sartre, as a leading specialist of the existential novel. Besides his brilliant writings which addressed  themselves to the acute finality of death, the isolation of man in an alien universe and the problem on evil, Camus shared with the world precious thoughts on love and happiness in his inspiring collection “Notebooks 1951-1959”  .

Let’s get inspired:

“When love ceases to be tragic it is something else and the individual again throws himself in search of tragedy.”

“The loss of love is the loss of all rights, even though one had them all.”

“Betrayal answers betrayal, the mask of love is answered by the disappearance of love.”

“For me, physical love has always been bound to an irresistible feeling of innocence and joy. Thus, I cannot love in tears but in exaltation.”

“If those whom we begin to love could know us as we were before meeting them … they could perceive what they have made of us.”

“I have not stopped loving that which is sacred in this world.”

“At times I feel myself overtaken by an immense tenderness for these people around me who live in the same century.”

“It is not humiliating to be unhappy. Physical suffering is sometimes humiliating, but the suffering of being cannot be, it is life.”

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