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

Artwork by Artist/Illustrator Josh Lafayette - follow on Tumblr
 "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.



  1. Hi! Thank you for appreciating and posting my illustration! I'm glad that you enjoy it, but I would appreciate if you could credit me and link to me somehow in your post if you don't mind. You can find the original here.

    Also, I have a handful of other Camus quotes if you'd like to post any of them (with credit! :) on another Fav Quote Friday. You can see those here on my tumblr.

    1. Hello Josh!
      Thank you for your note. On this blog, I always try to post artist/photographer attribution if it is anywhere to be found. In this case, I found your art image on Pinterest, but with no connection or attribution.
      I'll happily revise to add your name & links to this post and correct my error of omission.
      Thanks for your creative artwork, and for letting me share it with my readers!
      From a fellow Camus fan!

    2. Thanks so much, Stephanie! Excited to find your blog!

    3. It's my pleasure, Josh. So happy to have you join us, and treat us to your creations!