The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

By Albert Camus

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One of the most influential works of this century, this is a crucial exposition of existentialist thought. Influenced by works such as Don Juan, and the novels of Kafka, these essays begin with a meditation on suicide: the question of living or not living in an absurd universe devoid of order or meaning. With lyric eloquence, Camus posits a way out of despair, reaffirming One of the most influential works of this century,...

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May 7th 1991 by Vintage International

(first published 1942)

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Quotes From "The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays"

"In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion."

[The Minotaur]"
"Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable."
"Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them."
"There is scarcely any passion without struggle."
"What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying."
"I know simply that the sky will last longer than I."
"Man stands face to face with the irrational. He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world."
"A man devoid of hope and conscious of being so has ceased to belong to the future."

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