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?

Quotes For Spring

A few days ago, I was out and I saw my first crocuses of the year! I know, I’m very late – I haven’t been going out much recently – but it’s one of my favourite moments of spring. The first crocuses, the first snowdrops, the first daffodils… I love it. So I thought I’d share some quotes about spring as it seems that spring has really, finally joined us…


“‘Is the spring coming?’ he said. ‘What is it like?’ […] ‘It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…'” – Francis Hodgson Burnett

“Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer.” – Anita Krizzan

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” – Hal Borland

“In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.” – Henry Rollins

“The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.” – Gertrude Smith Wister

“Spring triumphs over winter (he always lets her win).” – Terri Guillemets

“You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming.” – Pablo Neruda

“I hear the passing echoes of winter and feel the warming springtime sun.” – Terri Guillemets

“The sun has come out… and the air is vivid with spring light.” – Byron Caldwell Smith

“Hope sleeps in our bones like a bear waiting for spring to rise and walk.” – Marge Piercy

“The first wild-flower of the year is like land after sea.” – Thomas Wentworth Higginson

“The first blooms of spring always make my heart sing.” – S. Brown

“Spring translates earth’s happiness into colourful flowers.” – Terri Guillemets

“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The deep roots never doubt spring will come.” – Marty Rubin

“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.” – Theodore Roethke

“You are reborn with the roses, in every spring.” – Juan Ramón Jiménez

“Flowers rewrite soil, water, and sunshine into petal’d poetry.” – Terri Guillemets

“Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.” – Jim Carrey

“Spring: a reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.” – Unknown

“Spring: the music of open windows.”– Terri Guillemets

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” ― Leo Tolstoy


While spring brings with it a lot of wild weather – wind, rain, grey skies – it also brings colour and freshness and a sense of change and momentum. I love the change of seasons; I love the possibility and hope associated with that change. I’m cautiously hopeful about what this spring holds.

Do you have any quotes that you associate with spring?

Quotes That Helped Me (Songwriting Edition) – Part 3

I had intended to post a different blog today. I’ve been working on a companion to my folklore post – for sister album, evermore – and had hoped to post it today for the one year anniversary of it’s release but I’ve been so unwell over the last month – the side effects of my new ADHD medication have been brutal – that I just haven’t been able to finish it. I have a good chunk of it done so I’d like to finish and post it at some point but I guess we’ll see. I still wanted to post though and this is what I had finished. So I hope you enjoy these quotes (here’s part one and two, if you’re interested) and hopefully writing will start to feel easier soon.


“A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places.” – Paul Gardner

“You wind up creating from silence, like painting a picture on a blank canvas that could bring tears to somebody’s eyes. As songwriters, our blank canvas is silence.” – Rodney Atkins

“Hearing about a visual artist’s approach can change the way you think about songwriting.” – St. Lucia

“When you don’t write songs for a while there’s a fear you won’t be able to do it again.” – Tim Wheeler

“Write until you can’t write anymore.” – Billie Myers

“If you’ve got a really strong concept, then it’s easy to write. Whereas if you’re not sure what the true story is, it’s bloody hard.” – Shelly Poole

“Often the simplest song is the hardest to write.” – Patti Smith

“All of my acoustic playing came from my songwriting. All of the chords I’ve learned and all of the voicings I play them in are a direct result of composing.” – Mat Kearney

“I don’t think about commercial concerns when I first come up with something. When I sit down at the piano, I try to come up with something that moves me.” – Lamont Dozier

“My task as an artist is to stay as close as I can to my own essence.” – Trixie Whitley

“A song is an ever-changing, ever-evolving and morphing thing.” – Simon Tong

“My songwriting has evolved, just as I’ve evolved as a person.” – John Oates

“I write about what I know and what I’ve experienced. That’s the only way it can be real to me. I love songwriting. There is something so satisfying in coming up with an idea and turning it into a song that means something to people…” – Aaron Tippin

“Songwriting is such an intricate part of me as an artist and as a person; I couldn’t just let someone else do it.” – Shakira

“It doesn’t stop. It really doesn’t stop. It’s the way I live every single day. I don’t do anything else. I have no other interest other than music. At all.” – Steven Morrissey

“No one can attack you when you’re songwriting; it’s you and a song, which is a great place to be.” – Gin Wigmore

“People haven’t always been there for me but music always has.” – Taylor Swift

“Songwriting is a great release. It helps me work through things.” – Jo Dee Messina

“I’ve always used songwriting as a way to help me organise reality.” – Jason Mraz

“You need to work at the craft of songwriting, but not only the craft. When I see people working both on themselves and the craft, and they combine those things… I just go, ‘That’s just fabulous.'” – Fred Eaglesmith

“Music is energy, emotion, expression, escapism, enlightenment. Music is so much more than just entertainment.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

“I write a song because I want to. I think the moment you start writing it to make money, you’re starting to kill yourself artistically.” – Pete Seeger

“Something good happened to my writing when I stopped being afraid to do something simple, for the fear that people might think I couldn’t do something more complex. Don’t be confused by the word simple. Simple is not easy, it is clear voiced, and fearlessly elegant.” – Carrie Newcomer

“I always saw songwriting as the top of the heap. No matter what else you were going to do creatively – and there were a lot of choices – writing songs was king.” – Jakob Dylan

“Every musician out there wants to be judged on the merit of their songwriting, the merit of their performing abilities.” – Laura Jane Grace

“Nothing can stop a great song, so just keep songwriting.” – Manika

“Songwriting is the way of perpetual want. Songwriters are the blessed/cursed people. You will never have a moment’s peace in your life. You will always be wanting the next song.” – Jon Stewart

“Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.” – Criss Jami

“You’re never quite sure where the song is going, because you might not find the word to rhyme with the end of the line. You have to find associative meaning to get you there. So it’s rather like doing a crossword puzzle backwards. A kind of strange, three-dimensional, abstract crossword puzzle.” – Annie Lennox

“Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.” – Osho


I hope these have been inspiring and thought-provoking. I’m always looking for more quotes so if you have any that you love, about anything, please stick them in the comments!