Happiness, Quotes

Camus on Happiness

“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter.”

Albert Camus

4 thoughts on “Camus on Happiness”

  1. Let Camus speak for his sorry self.
    I don’t think I cast a pall of gloom on those I gaze at, and feel that the best way to be good to others is to be true and good to oneself, which means not exploiting others, and to be self-dependent, fulfilled and rational in every sense.

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  2. I was rather hoping someone would take Camus to task for that silly notion of his that merely by existing we cast a night of unhappiness on people. For some reason, it strikes me as a very adolescent view — full of gloom, signifying nothing.

    By the way, I loath the notion expressed by Paul in the Bible — and hinted at by Camus — that there is no greater love than sacrificing oneself for others. That’s pure bunk. If I love someone, I do not want them to sacrifice themselves, but rather to be true to themselves.

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