"I embrace you with all my heart" - Honoring Albert Camus, And His Teacher

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 "There is scarcely any passion without struggle." ~Camus

  "I recognize only one duty and that is to love."

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

"Dear Monsieur Germain, 
I let the commotion around me these days subside a bit
before speaking to you from the bottom of my heart.
I have just been given far too great an honour,
one I neither sought nor solicited.

But when I heard the news, my first thought,
after my mother, was of you.
Without you, without the affectionate hand you extended to
the small poor child that I was,
without your teaching and example,
none of all this would have happened.

I don't make too much of this sort of honour.
But at least it gives me the opportunity to tell you
what you have been and still are for me, and to assure you
that your efforts, your work, and the generous heart you
put into it still live in one of your little schoolboys who,
despite the years, has never stopped being your grateful pupil.

I embrace you with all my heart.

Albert Camus"

Note written to Albert's teacher, subsequent to the occasion of 
Camus being awarded the Nobel Prize For Literature, 1957.
(read this story and others at 'Letters Of Note' blog)

 Read more on this 'ever-relevant writer, moralist and humanist'
in the November 2013 article celebrating the
centennial of Albert Camus 
in the
Los Angeles Times article.