Quotes About Summer

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There’s so much to look forward to in summer! These summer quotes will get you ready for the funnest time of year.

Whether it starts early on Memorial Day weekend, or you wait for the solstice in June, many of us look forward to the first day of summer all year.

Beach vacations. Pool time. Swimsuits and ice cream. Long days, short nights, sunshine, warm weather, and school holidays. Is it any wonder that we associate the summer months with feeling happy and carefree?

If you’re not excited for summer already, we’ve got all the inspiration you need! Keep reading for some of the best quotes about summer… those long hot days will be here before you know it.

Summer Quotes

A girl walking by the ocean under a pink summer sky
“Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

A little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about.

John Mayer

In summer, the song sings itself.

William Carlos Williams

Summertime is always the best of what might be.

Charles Bowden

Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun.

Brian Wilson
Kellie Elmore quote "I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket"
“I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket.” – Kellie Elmore

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.

Henry James

One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.

Henry David Thoreau

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

In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explode, and every sunset is different.

John Steinbeck
Anonymous summer quote "If you're not barefoot, then you're overdressed"
“If you’re not barefoot, then you’re overdressed.” – Unknown

Oh, the summer night, has a smile of light, and she sits on a sapphire throne.

Bryan Procter

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.

John Steinbeck

We might think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.

Jenny Uglow

When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.

Wilma Rudolph

I am more myself in a garden than anywhere else on earth.

Don Green
Jenny Han summer quote "Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August"
“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” – Jenny Han

The summer night is like a perfection of thought.

Wallace Stevens

Friends, sun, sand, and sea, that sounds like a summer to me.


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, The Great Gatsby

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

Sylvia Plath
"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow"
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this.

Susan Branch

Summertime. It was a song. It was a season. I wondered if that season would ever live inside me.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.

Jeanette Walls

I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.

Edna St. Vincent Mallay
Sam Keen quote "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability"
“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” – Sam Keen

When people went on vacation, they shed their home skins, thought they could be a new person.

Aimee Friedman

All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.

L.M. Montgomery

It is easy to forget now, how effervescent and free we all felt that summer.

Anna Godberson
Batty Williams quote "When all else fails, take a vacation"
“When all else fails, take a vacation.” – Betty Williams

It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!

Kenny Chesney

If it could only be like this always — always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe.

Evelyn Waugh

Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.

C. Day Lewis

You are so much sunshine in every square inch.

Walt Whitman

A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.

Robert Orben
Al Bernstein summer quote "Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June"
“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.” – Al Bernstein

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.

Celia Thaxter

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.

William Shakespeare

Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadows.

Helen Keller

Some of the best memories are made in flip-flops.

Kellie Elmore

In the summertime, when the weather is hot, you can reach right up and touch the sky.

Mungo Jerry
"We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us"
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Unknown

What’s your favorite summer quote or memory? Share it with your friends and inspire someone else to try something new.

And if you want to make the most of summer, here are 10 Books to Read in Summer while you’re tanning on the beach or by the pool.

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Natalie Seale

Natalie Seale is a writer and researcher with an MA, MSc, and PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh. Natalie is an avid reader, a keen traveller, and enjoys cooking and walking with her English Spaniel. Her posts focus on inspiring ideas and tips that help people learn, gro, and inspire others.

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