portrait of Albert Camus
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Quotes of the Day for 7 November 2002 – Albert Camus

Albert Camus was born at Mondovi, Algeria on this day in 1913. His father died the next year, but despite poverty Camus got most of a college education before tuberculosis forced him to drop out. He went to France as a journalist in World War II, joined the Resistance, and shared editing of Combat, an underground daily in Paris, with Jean-Paul Sartre, another of the main Existentialist philosophers. Became a key figure in posters on college dorm room walls in the '70s, and is still quotable today.

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The quotes:

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door.

Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.

Every act of rebelling expresses a nostalgia for innocence.

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.

There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
     - All from Albert Camus, 1913 - 1960

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