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Summer Quotations

Guest Author - Danielle Hollister

  1. "Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains..."
    -- Diane Ackerman

  2. "In the course of my life I have tried Boston socially on all sides: I have summered it and wintered it, tried it drunk and tried it sober; and, drunk or sober, there's nothing in it - save Boston!"
    -- Charles Francis Adams, Jr.

  3. "We are talking now of summer evenings in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the time that I lived there so successfully disguised to myself as a child."
    -- James Agee

  4. "Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing "Embraceable You" in spats."
    -- Woody Allen

  5. "It's not the winter that bothers me - it's the summers."
    -- Walt Alston

  6. "One swallow does not make a summer."
    -- Aristotle

  7. "Tears are the summer showers to the soul."
    --Alfred Austin

  8. "Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it."
    -- Russell Baker

  9. "Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams."
    -- Hosea Ballou

  10. "I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer."
    -- Brendan Behan

  11. "Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you."
    -- Erma Bombeck

  12. "Heed not the night; a summer lodge amid the wild is mine - 'Tis shadowed by the tulip-tree, 'tis mantled by the vine."
    -- William C. Bryant

  13. "The summer morn is bright and fresh, the birds are darting by As if they loved to breast the breeze that sweeps the cool clear sky."
    -- William C. Bryant

  14. "The moon is at her full, and riding high, Floods the calm fields with light. The airs that hover in the summer sky Are all asleep to-night."
    -- William C. Bryant

  15. "Glorious are the woods in their latest gold and crimson, Yet our full-leaved willows are in the freshest green. Such a kindly autumn, so mercifully dealing With the growths of summer, I never yet have seen."
    -- William C. Bryant

  16. "Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January."
    --Hal Borland

  17. "The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter; the fleshy, in summer. I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood."
    -- John Burroughs

  18. "When one subtracts from life infancy (which is vegetation), sleep, eating and swilling, buttoning and unbuttoning - how much remains of downright existence? The summer of a dormouse."
    -- Lord Byron

  19. "For summer there, bear in mind, is a loitering gossip, that only begins to talk of leaving when September rises to go."
    -- George Washington Cable

  20. "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
    -- Albert Camus

  21. "The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts, All on a summer day: The Knave of Hearts, he stole those tarts, And took them quite away!"
    -- Lewis Carroll

  22. "One summer night, out on a flat headland, all but surrounded by the waters of the bay, the horizons were remote and distant rims on the edge of space."
    -- Rachel Carson

  23. "People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy."
    -- Anton Chekhov

  24. "Oh, the summer night, Has a smile of light, And she sits on a sapphire throne."
    -- Barry Cornwall

  25. "All your renown is like the summer flower that blooms and dies; because the sunny glow which brings it forth, soon slays with parching power."
    --Alighieri Dante

  26. "People take pictures of the Summer, just in case someone thought they had missed it, and to proved that it really existed."
    -- Ray Davies

  27. "It is a good rule never to see or talk to the man whose words have wrung your heart, or helped it, just as it is wise not to look down too clvosely at the luminous glow which sometimes shines on your path on a summer night, if you would not see the ugly worm below."
    -- Rebecca H. Davis

  28. "A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken."
    -- James Dent

  29. "To see the Summer Sky
    Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie--
    True Poems flee --
    -- Emily Dickinson

  30. "A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp."
    -- Raymond Duncan

  31. "Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  32. "We are reformers in the spring and summer, but in autumn we stand by the old. Reformers in the morning, and conservers at night."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  33. "Do what we can, summer will have its flies."
    --Ralph Waldo Emerson

  34. "There are plenty of men who philander during the summer, to be sure, but they are usually the same lot who philander during the winter-albeit with less convenience."
    -- Nora Ephron

  35. "Summer bachelors, like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be."
    -- Nora Ephron

  36. "It amazes me that most people spend more time planning next summer's vacation than they do planning the rest of their lives."
    --Patricia Fripp

  37. "It's designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything is new again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains comes, it stops, and leaves you to face the fall alone."
    -- A Bartlett Giamatti

  38. "Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer's year. It brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul."
    -- Billy Graham

  39. "We need society, and we need solitude also, as we need summer and winter, day and night, exercise and rest."
    -- Philip Gilbert Hamerton

  40. "Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter to do something next summer; this is how commencement speakers are caught. "
    -- Sydney J. Harris

  41. "It will not always be summer: build barns."
    -- Hesiod

  42. "There is a time of life somewhere between the sullen fugues of adolescence and the retrenchments of middle age when human nature becomes so absolutely absorbing one wants to be in the city constantly, even at the height of summer."
    -- Edward Hoagland

  43. "Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you."
    -- Langston Hughes

  44. "Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world."
    -- Ada Louise Huxtable

  45. "Summer afternoon - Summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language."
    -- Henry James

  46. "All summer she scattered the daisy leaves; They only mocked her as they fell. She said: "The daisy but deceives; 'He loves me not,' 'he loves me will,' One story no two daisies tell. Ah foolish heart, which waits and grieves Under the daisy's mocking spell."
    -- Helen Hunt Jackson

  47. "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, With a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me, And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves, And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter."
    -- Jenny Joseph

  48. "Basketball, hockey and track meets are action heaped upon action, climax upon climax, until the onlooker's responses become deadened. Baseball is for the leisurely afternoons of summer and for the unchanging dreams."
    -- Roger Kahn

  49. "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."
    -- Sam Keen

  50. "Whenever I was upset by something in the papers, Jack always told me to be more tolerant, like a horse flicking away flies in the summer."
    -- Jacqueline Kennedy

  51. "The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality."
    --

  52. "I'm working on a snow scene right now, and it's summer. It's hot, and I will get chilly. I'll have to turn on the heat. My wife walks in, and it's 95 degrees in the studio. I know it's nutty, but it's a projection you have where you step into the painting."
    -- Thomas Kinkade

  53. "The summer of 1943 at Exeter was as happy a time as I ever had in my life."
    -- John Knowles

  54. "I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips."
    -- Violette Leduc

  55. "Whether the type of old sea captain that I have portrayed in my stories is gone forever, is a question. Certainly each summer I find that the ranks have perceptibly thinned. The longshore captain is still there, many of the men who are not any older than myself, but their viewpoint is not that of a man who sailed his square rigged ship out one morning with China as his destination."
    -- Joseph C. Lincoln

  56. "Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."
    -- John Lubbock

  57. "When fortune empties her chamber pot on your head, smile and say We are going to have a summer shower."
    -- John A. Macdonald

  58. "Spring has many American faces. There are cities where it will come and go in a day and counties where it hangs around and never quite gets there. Summer is drawn blinds in Louisiana, long winds in Wyoming, shade of elms and maples in New England."
    -- Archibald MacLeish

  59. "The East is a montage. It is old and it is young, very green in summer, very white in winter, gregarious, withdrawn and at once both sophisticated and provincial."
    -- Phyllis McGinley

  60. "What harm is there in making 100,000 people happy on a hot summer afternoon?"
    -- Gordon McLendon

  61. "Steals timidly away, shrinking as violets do in summer's ray."
    -- Thomas Moore

  62. "This summer I tried to take up golf, after many years of avoiding that particular temptation to blasphemy."
    -- Paul Moore

  63. "'Tis now the summer of your youth: time has not cropped the roses from your cheek, though sorrow long has washed them."
    -- Edward Moore

  64. "In summer winter rain or sun, it's good to be on horseback."
    -- Mike Oldfield

  65. "Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance."
    -- Yoko Ono

  66. "These are times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."
    -- Thomas Paine

  67. "Fact: Girls who are having a good sex thing stay in New York. The rest want to spend their summer vacations in Europe."
    -- Gail Parent

  68. "How sweet to move at summer's eve/ By Clyde's meandering stream,/When Sol in joy is seen to leave/The earth with crimson beam;/ When islands that wandered far/Above his sea couch lie,/And here and there some gem-like star/Re-opes its sparkling eye."
    -- Andrew Park

  69. " Summer makes me drowsy. Autumn makes me sing. Winter's pretty lousy, but I hate Spring."
    -- Dorothy Parker

  70. "I love Paris in the summer, when it sizzles."
    -- Cole Porter

  71. "After my father died, I stayed relatively sane for two years, although I did lose my noodle at summer camp right after my dad's death. But when I hit 12, 13, that was it. I hated my mom's boyfriend, and there was a lot of control on me. I didn't like that, so I rebelled."
    --

  72. "Integrity is so perishable in the summer months of success."
    -- Vanessa Redgrave

  73. "Some people plant in the spring and leave in the summer. If you're signed up for a season, see it through. You don't have to stay forever, but at least stay until you see it through."
    -- Jim Rohn

  74. "The hearts that love will know never winter's frost and chill. Summer's warmth is in them still."
    -- Eben Eugene Rexford

  75. "Let your children be as so many flowers, borrowed from God. If the flowers die or wither, thank God for a summer loan of them."
    -- Samuel Rutherford

  76. "After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn. And after every storm, there comes clear, open skies."
    -- Samuel Rutherford

  77. "Summer is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather."
    --John Ruskin

  78. "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
    -- William Shakespeare

  79. "This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet."
    -- William Shakespeare

  80. "Mr Michener, as timeless as a stack of National Geographics, is the ultimate Summer Writer. Just as one goes back to the cottage in Maine, so one goes back to one's Michener."
    -- Wilfrid Sheed

  81. "There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!"
    -- Percy Bysshe Shelley

  82. "It is God in the house when the curtains lift gently at the windows, and a young child sucks his itching gums. We do not understand the mysteries of God. God the winter. Summer, Septembers. Moody dark tones of fathers dying. The splash and laughter. Children playing."
    -- Ellease Southerland

  83. "If there were no tribulation, there would be no rest; if there were no winter, there would be no summer."
    --St. John Chrysostom

  84. "I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year."
    -- Edna St. Vincent Millay

  85. "The summer night is like a perfection of thought."
    -- Wallace Stevens

  86. "There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself."
    -- Ruth Stout

  87. "A life without love is like a year without summer."
    -- Swedish Proverb

  88. "He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put into vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw, inclement summers."
    -- Jonathan Swift

  89. "There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart."
    -- Celia Thaxter

  90. "This is the river of the great 19th-century landscapists; of Cole, Cropsey and Church, and at the end of the summer it lies motionless under the haze as under a light coat of varnish."
    -- Judith Thurman

  91. "The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco."
    -- Mark Twain

  92. "Warm summer sun, shine kindly here; Warm southern wind, blow softly here; Green sod above, lie light, lie light - Good night, dear heart, good night, good night."
    --Robert Richardson, then used by Mark Twain

  93. "The bigger the summer vacation the harder the fall."
    -- Unknown

  94. "Summer is the topsy-turvy season when the goldfish have to be boarded out while the family goes on a fishing trip."
    -- Unknown

  95. "The way to ensure summer in England is to have it framed and glazed in a comfortable room."
    --Horace Walpole

  96. "Summer makes a silence after spring."
    --Vita Sackville-West

  97. "Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."
    -- Dame Edith Wharton

  98. "When summer gathers up her robes of glory, and like a dream of beauty glides away."
    -- Sarah Helen Power Whitman

  99. "As for me, I know nothing else but miracles, Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan, Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky, Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water, Or stand under the trees in the woods, Or talk by day with any one I love, Or sleep in bed at night with any one I love, Or watch honey bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon... Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, Or of stars shining so quiet and bright, Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring... What stranger miracles are there?"
    -- Walt Whitman

  100. "I celebrate myself, and what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. I loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease... observing a spear of summer grass."
    -- Walt Whitman

  101. "In summer, the song sings itself."
    -- William Carlos Williams

  102. "My life is like the summer rose That opens to the morning sky, But ere the shades of evening close Is scattered on the ground - to die."
    -- Richard Henry Wilde

  103. "The collision of hail or rain with hard surfaces, or the song of cicadas in a summer field. These sonic events are made out of thousands of isolated sounds; this multitude of sounds, seen as totality, is a new sonic event."
    -- Iannis Xenakis

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