” Fledging moralists in those days were going about our town proclaiming there was nothing to be done about it and we should bow down to the inevitable. And Tarrou, Rieux and their friends might give one answer or another, but its conclusion was always the same, their certitude that a fight must be put up, in this way or that, and there must be no bowing down. The essential thing was to save as many people as possible from dying and being doomed to unending separation. And to do this there was only one resource: to fight the plague. There was nothing admirable about this attitude: it was merely logical.”
Albert Camus (1913-60) first published “The Plague in 1947.