Quotation by Albert Camus

The Poor Man whom everyone speaks of, the Poor Man whom everyone pities, one of the repulsive Poor from whom "charitable" souls keep their distance, he has still said nothing. Or, rather, he has spoken through the voice of Victor Hugo, Zola, Richepin. At least, they said so. And these shameful impostures fed their authors. Cruel irony, the Poor Man tormented with hunger feeds those who plead his case.
Albert Camus (1913–1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. repr. In Youthful Writings (1976). "Jehan Rictus, Poet of Poverty," Sud (Algiers, May 1932).
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