The Myth Of Sisyphus: Surviving and Thriving in an Absurd World

Albert Camus on absurdity, adversity and curiosity.

Peter Burns
Mar 18 · 9 min read
Photo by Alex Block on Unsplash

“We lead a difficult life, not always managing to fit our actions to the vision we have of the world.” — Albert Camus

“I call the accident that killed Camus a scandal because it suddenly projects into the center of our human world the absurdity of our most fundamental needs.”

— Jean-Paul Sartre

The Cycle of Life

The Three Exits

“Deep within every human being there still lives the anxiety over the possibility of being alone in the world, forgotten by God, overlooked among the millions and millions in this enormous household.” — Soren Kierkegaard

“If the world were clear, art would not exist.” — Albert Camus

What Should One Do in an Absurd World?

“The struggle itself is enough to fill a man’s heart.” — Albert Camus

Sparking a Lifetime of Creativity

“I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind, and to work some of these contradictions out for myself.” — Michel de Montaigne

Absurd, But Beautiful

Camus On Dealing With Adversity

Embrace the Absurdity of Life

“One must imagine Sisyphus happy.” Albert Camus

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