30 The Stranger Quotes That'll Help You Understand Albert Camus's Novel

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Did you read The Stranger in high school? Maybe you're currently studying for a big essay you need to write. Well have no fear, we have some of the best quotes from The Stranger by Albert Camus. The book is one of a kind and revolutionary in the literary world. So, whether you want to revisit some iconic quotes or you're studying for a big English test, join us in celebrating some famous quotes from The Stranger.

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The Stranger Quotes

  • "A minute later she asked me if I loved her. I told her it didn't mean anything but that I didn't think so."

  • "But the heat was so intense that it was just as bad standing still in the blinding stream falling from the sky. To stay or to go, it amounted to the same thing."

  • "I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world."

  • "One always has exaggerated ideas about what one doesn't know."

  • "If something is going to happen to me, I want to be there."

  • "Since we're all going to die, it's obvious that when and how don't matter."

  • "I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn't."

  • "And it was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness."

  • "I felt the urge to reassure him that I was like everybody else, just like everybody else."

  • "I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again. For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate."

Quotes From The Stranger

  • "I hadn't grasped how days could be at once long and short. Long, no doubt, as periods to live through, but so distended that they ended up by overlapping on each other. In fact, I never thought of days as such; only the words 'yesterday' and 'tomorrow' still kept some meaning."

  • "Maman used to say that you can always find something to be happy about."

  • "My fate was being decided without anyone so much as asking my opinion."

  • "I explained to him, however, that my nature was such that my physical needs often got in the way of my feelings."

  • "I opened myself up to the gentle indifference of the world. Finding it so much like myself."

  • "Big tears of frustration and exhaustion were streaming down his cheeks. But because of all the wrinkles, they weren't dripping off. They spread out and ran together again, leaving a watery film over his ruined face."

  • "There is only one class of men, the privileged class."

  • "Whereas, once again, the machine destroyed everything: you were killed discreetly, with a little shame and with great precision."

  • "Anyway it was an idea of mother's and she often used to repeat it, that you ended up getting used to everything."

  • "That is how I explained myself to the strange impression I had of being odd man out, a kind of intruder."

The Stranger by Albert Camus Quotes

  • "He wasn't even sure he was alive because he was living like a dead man."

  • "But deep in my heart I know that the most wretched among you have seen a divine face emerge from their darkness."

  • "For all to be accomplished, for me to feel less lonely, all that remained to hope was that on the day of my execution there should be a huge crowd of spectators and that they should greet me with howls of execration."

  • "Familiar paths traced in the dusk of summer evenings may lead as well to prisons as to innocent, untroubled sleep."

  • "Blessed are the hearts that can't bend; they shall never be broken."

  • "In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer."

  • "To tell the truth, I had found it very hard to follow his reasoning, first because I was hot and there were big flies in his office that kept landing on my face, and also because he was scaring me a little. At the same time I knew that that was ridiculous because, after all, I was the criminal."

  • "But all the long speeches, all the interminable days and hours that people had spent talking about my soul, had left me with the impression of a colorless swirling river that was making me dizzy. In the end, all I remember is that while my lawyer went on talking."

  • "As I usually do when I want to get rid of someone whose conversation bores me, I pretended to agree."

  • "Well, so I'm going to die.' Sooner than other people will, obviously. But everybody knows life isn't worth living. Deep down I knew perfectly well that it doesn't much matter whether you die at thirty or at seventy, since in either case other men and women will naturally go on living - and for thousands of years. In fact, nothing could be clearer. Whether it was now or twenty years from now, I would still be the one dying. At that point, what would disturb my train of thought was the terrifying leap I would feel my heart take at the idea of having twenty more years of life ahead of me. But I simply had to stifle it by imagining what I'd be thinking in twenty years when it would all come down to the same thing anyway. Since we're all going to die, it's obvious that when and how don't matter."

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