“The only way to deal with an un-free world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus
Been really digging the work of Albert Camus lately. An early 20th century French philosopher, writer and playwright, his work has become even more relevant in this digital age.
Here’s some of my favorite quotes by Camus that I think speak directly to the challenges, ethics, direction and emotions of the modern small business owner.
CAMUS ON BUSINESS
“You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade.”
CAMUS ON CREATIVITY
“Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears. “
“Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies. “
“A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.”
CAMUS ON STRENGTH
“You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.”
CAMUS ON LEADERSHIP
“The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.”
“Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.”
CAMUS ON WRITING
“Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.”
CAMUS ON SALES
“How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.”
Any additions to this list? What quotes help you “live” with your small biz? Share them in the comments below.