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- "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
- "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.
- "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
- "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
- "It's not the winter that bothers me - it's the summers."
-- Walt Alston
- "One swallow does not make a summer."
- "Tears are the summer showers to the soul."
- "Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it."
-- Russell Baker
- "Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams."
-- Hosea Ballou
- "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
- "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
- "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
- "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
- "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
- "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
- "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."
- "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
- "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
- "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
- "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
-- Albert Camus
- "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
- "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
- "People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy."
-- Anton Chekhov
- "Oh, the summer night, Has a smile of light, And she sits on a sapphire throne."
-- Barry Cornwall
- "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."
- "People take pictures of the Summer, just in case someone thought they had missed it, and to proved that it really existed."
-- Ray Davies
- "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
- "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
- "To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie--
True Poems flee --
-- Emily Dickinson
- "A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp."
-- Raymond Duncan
- "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
- "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
- "Do what we can, summer will have its flies."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
- "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
- "Summer bachelors, like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be."
-- Nora Ephron
- "It amazes me that most people spend more time planning next summer's vacation than they do planning the rest of their lives."
- "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
- "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
- "We need society, and we need solitude also, as we need summer and winter, day and night, exercise and rest."
-- Philip Gilbert Hamerton
- "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
- "It will not always be summer: build barns."
- "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
- "Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you."
-- Langston Hughes
- "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
- "Summer afternoon - Summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language."
-- Henry James
- "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
- "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
- "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
- "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."
-- Sam Keen
- "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
- "The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality."
- "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
- "The summer of 1943 at Exeter was as happy a time as I ever had in my life."
-- John Knowles
- "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
- "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
- "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
- "When fortune empties her chamber pot on your head, smile and say We are going to have a summer shower."
-- John A. Macdonald
- "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
- "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
- "What harm is there in making 100,000 people happy on a hot summer afternoon?"
-- Gordon McLendon
- "Steals timidly away, shrinking as violets do in summer's ray."
-- Thomas Moore
- "This summer I tried to take up golf, after many years of avoiding that particular temptation to blasphemy."
-- Paul Moore
- "'Tis now the summer of your youth: time has not cropped the roses from your cheek, though sorrow long has washed them."
-- Edward Moore
- "In summer winter rain or sun, it's good to be on horseback."
-- Mike Oldfield
- "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
- "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
- "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
- "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
- " Summer makes me drowsy. Autumn makes me sing. Winter's pretty lousy, but I hate Spring."
-- Dorothy Parker
- "I love Paris in the summer, when it sizzles."
-- Cole Porter
- "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."
- "Integrity is so perishable in the summer months of success."
-- Vanessa Redgrave
- "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
- "The hearts that love will know never winter's frost and chill. Summer's warmth is in them still."
-- Eben Eugene Rexford
- "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
- "After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn. And after every storm, there comes clear, open skies."
-- Samuel Rutherford
- "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."
- "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
-- William Shakespeare
- "This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet."
-- William Shakespeare
- "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
- "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
- "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
- "If there were no tribulation, there would be no rest; if there were no winter, there would be no summer."
--St. John Chrysostom
- "I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year."
-- Edna St. Vincent Millay
- "The summer night is like a perfection of thought."
-- Wallace Stevens
- "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
- "A life without love is like a year without summer."
-- Swedish Proverb
- "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
- "There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart."
-- Celia Thaxter
- "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
- "The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco."
-- Mark Twain
- "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
- "The bigger the summer vacation the harder the fall."
- "Summer is the topsy-turvy season when the goldfish have to be boarded out while the family goes on a fishing trip."
- "The way to ensure summer in England is to have it framed and glazed in a comfortable room."
- "Summer makes a silence after spring."
- "Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."
-- Dame Edith Wharton
- "When summer gathers up her robes of glory, and like a dream of beauty glides away."
-- Sarah Helen Power Whitman
- "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
- "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
- "In summer, the song sings itself."
-- William Carlos Williams
- "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
- "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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