“Sophocles' Œdipus, like Dostoevsky's Kirilov, thus gives the recipe for the absurd victory. Ancient wisdom confirms modern heroism. One does not discover the absurd without being tempted to write a manual of happiness. «What! by such narrow ways—?» There is but one world, however. Happiness and the absurd are two sons of the same earth. They are inseparable.
It would be a mistake to say that happiness necessarily springs from the absurd discovery. It happens as well that the feeling of the absurd springs from happiness. «I conclude that all is well,» says Œdipus, and that remark is sacred.”