„In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer.“

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Albert Camus208
French author and journalist 1913 - 1960

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—  Albert Camus French author and journalist 1913 - 1960

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Variant translation: In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
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Often attributed to Twain, but of unknown origin. http://www.pbs.org/marktwain/scrapbook/04_trouble/ http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=009Ckt http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/08/19/MNGOBEA9JI1.DTL This entry from Quote Investigator http://quoteinvestigator.com/2011/11/30/coldest-winter/ discusses some possible early sources.
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