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Albert Camus (1913—1960)
Albert Camus was a French-Algerian journalist, playwright, novelist, writer of philosophical essays, and Nobel laureate. Though neither by advanced training nor profession a philosopher, Camus nevertheless through his literary works and in numerous reviews, articles, essays, and speeches made important, forceful contributions to a wide range of issues in moral philosophy – from terrorism and political violence to suicide and the death penalty. In awarding him its prize for literature in 1957, the Nobel committee cited the author’s persistent efforts to “illuminate the problem of the human conscience in our time,” and it is pre-eminently as a writer of conscience and as a champion of imaginative literature as a vehicle of philosophical insight and moral truth that Camus was honored by his own generation and is still admired today. He was at the height of his career, at work on an autobiographical novel, planning new projects for theatre, film, and television, and still seeking a solution to the lacerating political turmoil in his native Algeria, when he died tragically in an automobile accident in January, 1960.
Albert Camus quotes//Γνωμικά του Αλμπέρτου Καμύ
“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”

Δεν θα είσαι ευτυχισμένος αν συνεχίσεις ν’ αναρωτιέσαι τί είναι ευτυχία. Δεν θα ζήσεςι ποτέ τη ζωή αν συνεχίσεις την αναζήτηση για το τί είναι η ζωή.

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”

Στο μέση του χειμώνα διαπίστωσα ότι κρύβω μέσα μου ένα ακατανίκητο καλοκαίρι.

“Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.”

Ο άνθρωπος είναι το μοναδικό ον που αρνείται να παραδεχτεί ποιος είναι.

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

Κανείς δεν καταλαβαίνει ότι μερικοί άνθρωποι σπαταλούν πολλή ενέργεια για να `ναι απλά φυσιολογικοί.

“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”

Ν’ αυτοκτονήσω ή να πιω ένα καφέ;

“Live to the point of tears.”

Ζήσε μέχρι σημείου δακρύων.

“You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.”

Γνωρίζεις τί υπέροχο είναι να σου απαντούν, ‘ναι’ δίχως καν να έχεις κάνεικάποια σαφή ερώτηση;

~ Μετάφραση στα ελληνικά Μανώλη Αλυγιζάκη/translation by Manolis Aligizakis

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