Posted on June 5, 2022
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?
Posted on March 5, 2022
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?
Hi! I’m Lauren Alex Hooper. Welcome to my little blog! I write about living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD (Inattentive Type), and Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), as well as several mental health issues.
I’m a singer-songwriter (it’s my biggest special interest and I have both a BA and MA in songwriting) so I’ll probably write a bit about that too.
My first single, ‘Invisible,’ is on all platforms, with all proceeds going to Young Minds.
My debut EP, Honest, is available on all platforms, with a limited physical run at Resident Music in Brighton.
I’m currently working on an album about my experiences as an autistic woman.