Quotes For Summer

Summer is upon us, although it seems hesitant to commit this year. At least where I am. But we’ve had some gorgeous sun, some beautiful blue skies, and a spectacular summer storm. So I think we’re getting there. And thus I thought I’d share some quotes about summer…


“In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explode, and every sunset is different.” – John Steinbeck

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” – Charles Bowden

“Summertime. It was a song. It was a season. I wondered if that season would ever live inside of me.” – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“In summer, the song sings itself.” – William Carlos Williams

“One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” – Jeanette Walls

“Summers had a logic all their own and they always brought something out in me. Summer was supposed to be about freedom and youth and no school and possibilities and adventure and exploration. Summer was a book of hope. That’s why I loved and hated summers. Because they made me want to believe.” – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“Working is bad enough in the winter, but in the summer it can become completely intolerable. Stuck in airless offices, every fiber of our being seems to cry out for freedom. We’re reminded of being stuck in double maths while the birds sing outside.” – Tom Hodgkinson

“In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible.” – Sarah Dessen

“Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.” – Regina Brett

“The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” – Maud Hart Lovelace

“Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Summer has a flavor like no other. Always fresh and simmered in sunshine.” – Oprah Winfrey

“In the summertime, when the weather is hot, you can reach right up and touch the sky.” – Mungo Jerry

“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” – Wallace Stevens

“It’s summer and time for wandering…” – Kellie Elmore

“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.” – Sylvia Plath

“The sun tires of summer and sighs itself into autumn.” – Terri Guillemets

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” – Henry David Thoreau


Summer was always a conflicting time for me. When I was in school, I mourned the end of comfortable routines and the parts of school that I liked but looked forward to the freedom of the holiday. It was the same during sixth form and university. This year is one of the first summers I’ve had without of educations on either side of it so it’s a bit weird; I’m in uncharted waters to a certain degree. And the COVID numbers are still far too high for my anxiety to relent around all of the possible socialising that summer traditionally involves.

Do you have any quotes that you associate with summer? Or if not quotes, what about poems or songs?

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