Quotes about winter

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„O light! This is the cry of all the characters of ancient drama brought face to face with their fate. This last resort was ours, too, and I knew it now. In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.“

—  Albert Camus French author and journalist 1913 - 1960

Return to Tipasa (1954)
Variant translation: In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
As translated in Lyrical and Critical Essays (1968), p. 169; also in The Unquiet Vision : Mirrors of Man in Existentialism (1969) by Nathan A. Scott, p. 116

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„No. I’ve no time to waste. Winter’s coming.“

—  Andrzej Sapkowski, book The Last Wish

Source: The Last Wish

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„This took me completely by surprise. Since July 20, 1944, I had not spoken to Hitler at all except at some large gathering. … I had never received any hint on the subject from anyone else…. I assumed that Hitler had nominated me because he wished to clear the way to enable an officer of the Armed Forces to put an end to the war. That this assumption was incorrect I did not find out until the winter of 1945-46 in Nuremberg, when for the first time I heard the provisions of Hitler's will…. When I read the signal I did not for a moment doubt that it was my duty to accept the task … it had been my constant fear that the absence of any central authority would lead to chaos and the senseless and purposeless sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of lives … I realized … that the darkest moment in any fighting man's life, the moment when he must surrender unconditionally, was at hand. I realized, too, that my name would remain forever associated with the act and that hatred and distortion of facts would continue to try and besmirch my honor. But duty demanded that I pay no attention to any such considerations. My policy was simple — to try and save as many lives as I could …“

—  Karl Dönitz President of Germany; admiral in command of German submarine forces during World War II 1891 - 1980

April 30, 1945, quoted in "Memoirs: Ten Years And Twenty Days" - Page 442 - by Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz - History - 1997.

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„"When did you get that?"
"The shirt? At Macy's. Winter sale."“

—  Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments

Imogen and Jace, pg. 390
The Mortal Instruments, City of Ashes (2008)

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„In winter, when the dismal rain
Comes down in slanting lines,
And Wind, that grand old harper, smote
His thunder-harp of pines.“

—  Alexander Smith Scottish poet and essayist 1830 - 1867

Scene 2.
A Life Drama and other Poems (1853)

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„Yes, let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.“

—  Pietro Aretino Italian author, playwright, poet, satirist, and blackmailer 1492 - 1556

Source: The Works of Aretino: Biography: de Sanctis. The letters, 1926, p. 143