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Fun and Festive Quotes About the Joys of Summertime

Even if it isn't summer here, "it's always summer somewhere," says Lilly Pulitzer.
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Golden rays of sunshine, a slew of planned beach trips, and the rising temperatures are indications that summertime is upon us once more. The season is a favorite of many, not just for its external characteristics but for the warm and happy feelings it brings with it. It's also the time that many associate it with summer vacations and temperate time to enjoy the outdoors.

The season has inspired countless literary legends and high-profile personalities to dispense their own valued thoughts on the summer season. Below, we share the quotes that will resonate with anyone who loves the sun:

1. “Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.” –Cecile Day Lewis

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2. “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald, Great Gatsby

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3. “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” –Audrey Hepburn

4. “Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.” –Hosea Ballou

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


6. “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” –John Lubbock

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7. “A life without love is like a year without summer.” –Swedish Proverb

8. “Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil.” –Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy


9. “There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.” –Celia Thaxter

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10. “Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” –William Shakespeare

11. “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, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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12. “If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.” –Bern Williams


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

14. “Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows." –Helen Keller

15. “A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” –St. Francis of Assisi


16. “Summer arrives with the morning sun. Beach time breezes in with endless fun.” –Debasish Mridha

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17. “When summer gathers up her robes of glory and, like a dream, glides away.” –Sarah Helen Whitman

18. “‘Tis the last rose of summer, left blooming alone; All her lovely companions are faded and gone.” –Thomas Moore, The Last Rose of Summer

19.“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air, and you.” –Langston Hughes


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20. “Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.” –Cecil Day Lewis

21. “I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days—three such days… could fill with more delight than fifty common years could contain.” –John Keats 

22. “Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.” –Kellie Elmore

23. “I should like to enjoy this summer flower by flower, as if it were to be the last one for me.” –André Gide 

24. “When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.” –Wilma Rudolph

25. “Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable.” –Woody Allen

26. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” –Marcel Proust 

27. “It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine… it’s summertime!” –Kenny Chesney

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28. “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

29. “Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out.” –Deb Caletti

30. “Summer set lip to earth’s bosom bare, and left the flushed print in a poppy there.” –Francis Thompson 

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31. “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” –Albert Camus

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32. “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” –Henry James

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

34. “It’s always summer somewhere.” Lilly Pulitzer

35. “The days were longer then, (for time, like money, is measured by our needs) when summer afternoons were spacious, and the clock ticked slowly in the winter evenings.”  –George Eliot, Middlemarch

36. “The days draw out, the weather gets warmer, and it's what we call summer, with a bitter laugh when we've said it.” –Stan Barstow, A Kind of Loving

37. “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

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

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Hannah Lazatin
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Hannah is a communications graduate from Ateneo de Manila University. She’s originally from Pampanga and from a big, close-knit family who likes to find a reason to get together at the dinner table. Experiences inspire her. “Once, at a restaurant, I received an interpretation of my second name ‘Celina,’ and it meant 'someone who tries everything once' and that is me through and through,” she says. As for the job, she wants her “readers to be inspired by the stories of the people we feature and to move them to reach for greater things.”
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