Internet Quotes: Camus on Autumn

[This is the first in what will be an irregular series of posts on various quotations posted to the internet. The internet is a wonderful source of information, but when it comes to quotations it is abysmal. I’ll lay good money down, giving odds, that any given quotation taken from the internet is defective in some way. ]

A friend of mine posted a picture of some autumn leaves to her Facebook feed today, and inscribed on the picture was:

Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower.
—Albert Camus

A nice sentiment, a bit treacly for my taste, but nice nonetheless. But alarms bells went off in my brain when I saw the quotation was ascribed to Camus. The sentiment didn’t sound like the dark and gloomy writer that I was familiar with. But hey, people write all sorts of different things, and maybe Albert penned this in one of his more manic moments.

So I set out to look it up. 

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