Who Said It: Albert Camus Or Agent Cohle?

How well do you know your philosophy? It’s True Detective’s Agent Cohle vs. Albert Camus. Read each quote and scroll to see if you’re a True (literary) Detective or just a Stranger (to knowing your stuff).

1. “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

2. “The only thing keeping a person decent, is the expectation of divine reward.”

Agent Cohle

Via Hbo.com

3. “If the common good’s got to make up fairy tales then it’s not good for anybody.”

Agent Cohle

Via hbo.com

4. “There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.”

Albert Camus

Via acknowledgetheabsurd.tumblr.com

5. “At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman.”

6. “Transference of fear and self-loathing to an authoritarian vessel. It’s catharsis.”

Agent Cohle

Via hbo.com

7. “I’ve never really had much of an imagination. But still I would try to picture the exact moment when the beating of my heart would no longer be going on inside my head.”

Albert Camus

Via www.theguardian.com

From The Stranger

8. “I think human consciousness, is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law.”

Agent Cohle

Via hbo.com

9. “Death created time to grow the things it would kill.”

Agent Cohle

Via hbo.com

10. “Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”*

Albert Camus

Via www.huffingtonpost.com

Resistance, Rebellion, and Death *there is much debate on this quote. It’s been credited to Camus but we may never know…

11. “I don’t sleep. I just dream.”

Agent Cohle

Via hbo.com

12. “Sometimes at night I would sleep open-eyed underneath a sky dripping with stars. I was alive then.”

Albert Camus

Via www.stars-portraits.com

Resistance, Rebellion, and Death

13. “Given how long it’s taken me to reconcile my nature, I can’t figure I’d forego it on your account.”

Agent Cohle

Via hbo.com

14. “Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.”

Albert Camus

Via www.continental-philosophy.org

15. “Certain linguistic anthropologists think that religion is a language virus that rewrites pathways in the brain. Dulls critical thinking.”

Agent Cohle

Via hbo.com

16. “The most loathsome materialism is not the kind people usually think of, but the sort that attempts to let dead ideas pass for living realities.”

Albert Camus

Via gemelli.forumgratuit.org

From Lyrical and Critical Essays

17. “Cruel irony, the poor man tormented with hunger feeds those who plead his case.”

Albert Camus

Via fineartamerica.com

18. “Everybody wears their hunger and their haunt.”

Agent Cohle

Via hbo.com

19. “In eternity, where there is no time, nothing can grow. Nothing can become. Nothing changes.”

Agent Cohle

Via hbo.com

20. “The only serious question in life is whether to kill yourself or not.”

Albert Camus

Via www.apieceofmonologue.com

Resistance, Rebellion, and Death

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