Happiness and the absurd are two sons of the same earth. They are inseparable.
It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.
A man wants to earn money in order to be happy, and his whole effort and the best of a life are devoted to the earning of that money. Happiness is forgotten; the means are taken for the end.
For who would dare to assert that eternal happiness can compensate for a single moment's human suffering
Your success and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them. But to be happy it is essential not to be too concerned with others. Consequently, there is no escape. Happy and judged, or absolved and wretched.
You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.
Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.
There's the risk of being loved...and that would keep me from being happy.
What did it matter if he existed for two or for twenty years? Happiness was the fact that he had existed.
Happiness and absurd are the sons of same earth
Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it.
A man devoid of hope and conscious of being so has ceased to belong to the future.
And indeed it could be said that once the faintest stirring of hope became possible, the dominion of plague was ended.
To those who despair of everything, not reason but only passion can provide a faith, and in this particular case it must be the same passion that lay at the root of the despair—namely, humiliation and hatred. There was no longer any standard of values, both common to and superior to all these men, in the name of which it would have been possible for them to judge one another.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
In order to be created, a work of art must first make use of the dark forces of the soul
որևէ քաղաք ճանաչելու ամենաճիշտ ձևերից մեկն էլ իմանալն է, թե ինչպե՞ս են այնտեղ աշխատում, ինչպե՞ս են սիրում, և ինչպե՞ս են մեռնում:
Moreover, most people, assuming they had not altogether abandoned religious observances, or did not combine them naively with a thoroughly immoral way of living, had replaced normal religious practice by more or less extravagant superstitions.
Je puis nier une chose sans me croire obligé de la salir ou de retirer aux autres le droit d'y croire.
Where would his torture be, indeed, if at every step the hope of succeeding upheld him?