I might have found the quote you were looking for:
"Tout l'effort de la pensée allemande a été de substituer à la notion
de nature humaine celle de situation humaine et donc l'histoire à Dieu
et la tragédie moderne à l'équilibre ancien. L'existentialisme moderne
pousse cet effort encore plus loin et introduit dans l'idée de
situation la même incertitude que dans celle de nature. Il ne reste
plus rien qu'un mouvement. Mais comme les Grecs je crois à la nature."
Or in English:
"The whole effort of Germanic thought has been to substitute for the
notion of human nature that of the human situation and therefore [to
substitute] history for God and modern tragedy for the former
equilibrium. Modern existentialism pushes this effort even further and
introduces into the idea of situation the same uncertainty as in that
of nature. All that is left is a movement. But like the Greeks, I
believe in nature."
Both quotes from "CAMUS'S CRITIQUES OF EXISTENTIALISM" (
http://www.ul.ie/~philos/vol5/camus.html ) page by Richard Raskin.
Camus originally wrote it in "Carnets"/Notebooks (1946) (P.174)
If this is not the quote you're looking for then you might have a look
at "L'Homme révolté"(Essais, 683-709)/"The Rebel", specifically at the
last part "La Pensée de Midi"/"Thought at the Meridian".
Throughout this period (1946-1951), Camus distinguished between two
types of thought: a destructive one, rooted only in History, absolute,
messianic, reducing everything in its path to ideological
abstractions; and a life-affirming one, in which History and Nature
balance one another, an outlook which is modest and respectful of
limits. In "La Pensée de Midi"/"Thought at the Meridian", 8 the final
and most important chapter of L'Homme révolté, Camus identifies the
life-affirming outlook with the sun-drenched cultures of the
Mediterranean, and the destructive mode of thought with rêves
allemands/Germanic dreams (Essais, 683-709). quote also from Richard
Raskins essay mentioned above.
The Rebel is still copyrighted material, so I cant reproduce the
relevant part as a whole. I looked for parts that might actually be
the quote you were looking for but couldnt find anything definite,
thats why Im posting it as a request for clarification. If you want
to consider this an answer, please tell me, so I can post it as one.
Should you require further help, please feel free to ask for a
I hope this was helpful,
The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
Great Quotations by Albert Camus
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