85 Winter Quotes

Winter is the most magical of seasons. Outside may be frosty, but inside it is truly “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

The temperature drops, the days get shorter, and frost and snow cover the ground. There’s really nothing quite like the first snowfall of the year, blanketing the ground with white and inviting children everywhere outside to build snowmen and have snowball fights.

Winter is the perfect time for curling up beside the fire with a good book, spending quality time with the ones we love, and getting caught up in the magic of Christmas and the promise of a New Year to come.

The season brings with it an abundance of amazing scents and smells, from baking gingerbread to mulled wine, pine trees and woodsmoke. Wherever you are in the world, we hope you’ll enjoy getting lost in these beautiful winter quotes!

Winter Quotes

John Steinbeck winter quote "What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness"
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” – John Steinbeck

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home.

Edith Sitwell

I got all my boyhood in vanilla winter waves around the kitchen stove.

Jack Kerouac

The hard soil and four months of snow make the inhabitants of the northern temperate zone wiser and abler than his fellow who enjoys the fixed smile of the tropics.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hear! hear!’ screamed the jay from a neighboring tree, where I had heard a tittering for some time, ‘winter has a concentrated and nutty kernel, if you know where to look for it.’

Henry David Thoreau
Tim Allen quote "Winter forms our character and brings out our best"
“Winter forms our character and brings out our best.” – Tim Allen

I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter’s evening, and I know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream… I know how the nuts taken in conjunction with winter apples, cider, and doughnuts, make old people’s tales and old jokes sound fresh and crisp and enchanting.

Mark Twain

Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.

Sara Raasch

We feel cold, but we don’t mind it, because we will not come to harm. And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn’t feel other things, like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the aurora, or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It’s worth being cold for that.

Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.

T.S. Eliot
Sinclair Lewis winter quote "Winter is not a season, it's an occupation"
“Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.” – Sinclair Lewis

My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.

George R.R. Martin

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.

Victor Hugo

Blow, blow, thou winter wind, thou art not so unkind as man’s ingratitude.

William Shakespeare

I love the scents of winter! For me, it’s all about the feeling you get when you smell pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread and spruce.

Taylor Swift

There is no winter without snow, no spring without sunshine, and no happiness without companions.

Korean Proverb
Albert Camus quote "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer"
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.

Anton Chekov

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it; the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.

Andrew Wyeth

I write probably 80 percent of my stuff over the winter.

Bob Seger

It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.

John Burroughs

Many human beings say that they enjoy the winter, but what they really enjoy is feeling proof against it.

Richard Adams

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

Percy Bysshe Shelley
Paul Theroux quote "Winter is a season of recovery and preparation"
“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.” – Paul Theroux

A man says a lot of things in summer he doesn’t mean in winter.

Patricia Briggs

Winter is coming.

George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Winter blues are cured every time with a potato gratin paired with a roast chicken.

Alex Guarnaschelli

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
"Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius"
“Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.” – Pietro Aretino

Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless.

Terri Guillemets

Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside; candles at four o’clock, warm hearthrugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies to the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without.

Thomas de Quincey

When I was young, I loved summer and hated winter. When I got older I loved winter and hated summer. Now that I’m even older, and wiser, I hate both summer and winter.

Jarod Kintz

Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.

Elizabeth Bowen

I pray this winter be gentle and kind–a season of rest from the wheel of the mind.

John Geddes
"In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy"
“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” – William Blake

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

Anne Bradstreet

The problem with winter sports is that–follow me closely here–they generally take place in winter.

Dave Barry

Blow ye winds, like the trumpet blows, but without that noise.

Jack Handley

We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.

Garry Zukhav
"The color of springtime is flowers; the color of winter is in our imagination"
“The color of springtime is flowers; the color of winter is in our imagination.” – Terri Guillemets

If winter helps you curl up and more that makes it one of the best of the seasons.

Murray Pura

Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter to do something next summer; this is how commencement speakers are caught.

Sydney J. Harris

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.

Charles Dickens

To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring.

W.J. Vogel
Anamika Mishra quote "Winter is not a season, it's a celebration"
“Winter is not a season, it’s a celebration.” – Anamika Mishra

They who sing through the summer must dance in the winter.

Italian Proverb

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

Victor Hugo

How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year!

Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Nothing burns like the cold.

George R.R. Martin

There’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you’re special.

Carol Rifka Brunt
"One kind word can warm three winter months"
“One kind word can warm three winter months.” – Japanese Proverb

The fire is winter’s fruit.

Arabian Proverb

In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.

Ben Aaronovitch

That’s what winter is: an exercise in remembering how to still yourself then how to come pliantly back to life again.

Ali Smith

At this season of the year, darkness is a more insistent thing than cold. The days are short as any dream.

E.B. White

To keep a warm heart in winter is the real victory.

Marty Rubin
Hal Borland Winter Quote "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn"
“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” – Hal Borland

Winter is nature’s way of saying, ‘Up yours.’

Robert Byrne

I was just thinking, if it really is religion with these nudist colonies, they sure must turn atheist in the wintertime.

Will Rogers

Are the days of winter sunshine just as sad for you, too? When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and causing it to crumble into ruins.

Gustave Flaubert, November

Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.

John Boswell
Henry Rollins quote "In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move."
“In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.” – Henry Rollins

Quotes about Snow

Snow divides us more than any other type of weather: some of us love it, some of us hate it and all the inconvenience it brings! And yet, nothing says “winter weather” quite like a good snowstorm.

These wonderful quotes are all about the magic snow brings to our world in winter.

"To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold"
“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” – Aristotle

Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder–no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.

Candace Bushnell

January brings the snow, makes our feet and fingers glow.

Sara Coleridge

A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.

Markus Zuzak

Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.

Andy Goldsworthy

A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!

Unknown
Roger Ebert winter quote "The very fact of snow is such an amazement"
“The very fact of snow is such an amazement.” – Roger Ebert

Advice is like the snow. The softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon and the deeper it sinks into the mind.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Snow falling soundlessly in the middle of the night will always fill my heart with sweet clarity.

Novala Takemoto

Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it covers.

Kahlil Gibran

Snow isn’t just pretty. It also cleanses our world and our senses, not just of the soot and grime of a mining town, but also of a kind of weary familiarity, a taken-for-granted quality to which our eyes are all too susceptible.

John Burnside

Snow brings a special quality with it—the power to stop life as you know it dead in its tracks.

Nancy Hatch Woodward
"I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas. It brings people together while time stands still"
“I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas. It brings people together while time stands still.” – Rachel Cohn

The snow is sparkling like a million little suns.

Lama Willa

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different.

J.B. Priestley

A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky—unbidden—and seems like a thing of wonder.

Susan Orlean

Despite all I have seen and experienced, I still get the same simple thrill out of glimpsing a tiny patch of snow.

Edmund Hillary
"When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels"
“When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels.” – Unknown

A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.

Carl Reiner

Snow flurries began to fall and they swirled around people’s legs like house cats. It was magical, this snow globe world.

Sarah Addison Allen

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Antoinette Van Kleef quote "When snow falls, nature listens"
“When snow falls, nature listens.” – Antoinette Van Kleef

We hope you’ve enjoyed these great winter quotes. Wherever you are in the world, stay warm and make the most of this magical and frosty season!

107 Thanksgiving Quotes to Make You Feel Thankful

It’s so easy to get caught up in our busy lives.

From New Years resolutions to spring cleaning, and summer vacations to the holidays—life can come and go as quickly as the seasons.

That’s why it’s so important to pause, reflect, and feel gratitude for all the blessings we have in our lives.

In that spirit, here are 107 Thanksgiving Quotes to use for the holidays and throughout the year.

Thanksgiving Quotes

Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude.

Nigel Hamilton

I love Thanksgiving because it is a holiday centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me.

Marcus Samuelsson

Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.

J. Robert Moskin
Erma Bombeck quote "Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence"
“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” – Erma Bombeck

He who thanks but with the lips Thanks but in part; The full, the true Thanksgiving Comes from the heart.

J.A. Shedd

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.

Theodore Roosevelt

If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner, it’s really like making a large chicken.

Ina Garten

But see, in our open clearings, how golden the melons lie; Enrich them with sweets and spices, and give us the pumpkin-pie!

Margaret Junkin Preston
Franz Grillparzer quote “Drink and be thankful to the host! What seems insignificant when you have it, is important when you need it”
“Drink and be thankful to the host! What seems insignificant when you have it, is important when you need it.” – Franz Grillparzer

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie

Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!

Henry Ward Beecher

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.

John F. Kennedy
Johnny Carson quote "Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often"
“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.” – Johnny Carson

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.

H.U. Westermayer

Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.

Margaret Cousins

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy

I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.

Erma Bombeck

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.

E.P. Powell
Robert Caspar Lintner quote “Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day”
“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.” – Robert Caspar Lintner

It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it.

Alistair Cooke

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.

Oprah Winfrey

There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.

O. Henry, Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen
WT Purisker quote “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving”
“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” – W.T. Purkiser

I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.

Jon Stewart

Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have.

Catherine Pulsifer

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year — and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.

Ray Stannard Baker

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.

Joyce Giraud

What I love about Thanksgiving is that it’s purely about getting together with friends or family and enjoying food. It’s really for everybody, and it doesn’t matter where you’re from.

Daniel Humm
George Bush Thanksgiving quote “All across America, we gather this week with the people we love to give thanks to God for the blessings in our lives”
“All across America, we gather this week with the people we love to give thanks to God for the blessings in our lives.” – George W. Bush

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

Charles Dickens

“When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.

Sam Lefkowitz

Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants.

Kevin James

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.

Henry Van Dyke

I like football. I find its an exciting strategic game. It’s a great way to avoid conversation with your family at Thanksgiving.

Craig Ferguson
Dalai Lama Thanksgiving quote "The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness"
“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” – Dalai Lama

The more we express thanks, the more gratitude we feel. The more gratitude we feel, the more we express thanks. It’s circular, and it leads to a happier life.

Steve Goodier

Thanksgiving reminds us that no matter what befalls us in life, we can take the charred remnants and we can reconstruct a life unimaginably richer than that from which the shards and pieces fell.

Craig D. Lounsbrough

Although Thanksgiving comes but once a year, every day should be a day of Thanks. Among all the challenges that we face as people with hearing loss there are certainly brighter moments in every day – moments that deserve to be recorded in our Gratitude Journal.

Monique Hammond

Real ballplayers pass the stuffing by rolling it up in a ball and batting it across the table with a turkey leg.

Tom Swyers

Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.

Amy Grant
Willard Scott quote “Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside”
“Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside.” – Willard Scott

My most memorable meal is every Thanksgiving. I love the food: the turkey and stuffing; the sweet potatoes and rice, which come from my mother’s Southern heritage; the mashed potatoes, which come from my wife’s Midwestern roots; the Campbell’s green-bean casserole; and of course, pumpkin pie.

Douglas Conant

On Thanksgiving I will stop to give thanks that my family is safe and healthy, especially because I realize that, following the tragedies of this year, it is all too real a possibility that they might not have been.

Bobby Jindal

You shouldn’t just give during Christmas and Thanksgiving you should be giving all the time.

Alcurtis Turner

My fondest memories are generally the day after Thanksgiving. I get the total decorating Christmas itch.

Katharine McPhee

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.

Joyce Giraud
Irv Kupcinet quote "An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day"
“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” – Irv Kupcinet

It’s like being at the kids’ table at Thanksgiving – you can put your elbows on it, you don’t have to talk politics… no matter how old I get, there’s always a part of me that’s sitting there.

John Hughes

Thanksgiving, our eminent moral holiday, doesn’t have much for children. At its heart are conversation, food, drink, and fellowship – all perks of adulthood.

Rosecrans Baldwin

Thanksgiving is America’s favorite holiday because it’s a time when we put aside our cares, much as the struggling Pilgrims did nearly four centuries ago, and eat a gut-busting meal without worrying about the ‘out years.’

David Ignatius

But see, in our open clearings, how golden the melons lie; Enrich them with sweets and spices, and give us the pumpkin-pie!

Margaret Junkin Preston

What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?

Erma Bombeck
Mike Connolly quote “Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey — until Thanksgiving”
“Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey — until Thanksgiving.” – Mike Connolly

Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in.

Phillips Brooks

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.

Cicero

Our rural ancestors, with little blest, Patient of labour when the end was rest, Indulged the day that housed their annual grain, With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.

Alexander Pope

I suppose I will die never knowing what pumpkin pie tastes like when you have room for it.

Robert Brault

Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year.

P. J. O’Rourke
Michael Dresser quote "Thanksgiving is America's national chow-down feast, the one occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty"
“Thanksgiving is America’s national chow-down feast, the one occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty.” – Michael Dresser

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.

W.T. Purkiser

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.

Gerald Good

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.

W. Clement Stone

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.

William Blake

Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.

Henry Ward Beecher

It took me three weeks to stuff the turkey. I stuffed it through the beak.

Phyllis Diller
Nicole Hollander quote “Cooking Tip: Wrap turkey leftovers in aluminum foil and throw them out”
“Cooking Tip: Wrap turkey leftovers in aluminum foil and throw them out.” – Nicole Hollander

The Thanksgiving tradition is, we overeat. ‘Hey, how about at Thanksgiving we just eat a lot?’ ‘But we do that every day!’ ‘Oh. What if we eat a lot with people that annoy the hell out of us?’

Jim Gaffigan

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.

Edward Sandford Martin

I’m from Canada, so Thanksgiving to me is just Thursday with more food. And I’m thankful for that.

Howie Mandel

If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys. There’s turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami. Someone needs to tell the turkey, man, just be yourself.

Mitch Hedberg

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.

W.J. Cameron
Jim Davis quote “Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie”
“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” – Jim Davis

Most turkeys taste better the day after; my mother’s tasted better the day before.

Rita Rudner

You can tell you ate too much for Thanksgiving when you have to let your bathrobe out.

Jay Leno

My Thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite — only a sense of existence.

Henry David Thoreau

And though I ebb in worth, I’ll flow in thanks.

John Taylor

Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.

Wilbur D. Nesbit
Amy Leigh Mercree quote “Thanksgiving is a joyous invitation to shower the world with love and gratitude”
“Thanksgiving is a joyous invitation to shower the world with love and gratitude.” – Amy Leigh Mercree

Thanksgiving in Books, Films, and TV

A thought about Thanksgiving Day: Once, there was this day… this one day when… everyone realized they needed each other.

April Burns in Pieces of April

Here I am, 5 o’clock in the morning, stuffing bread crumbs up a dead bird’s butt.

Rosanne in Rosanne

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

Thornton Wilder, The Woman of Andros

Thanksgiving creates abundance.

Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts
Oscar Wilde Thanksgiving quote "After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations"
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” – Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance

Thanksgiving was nothing more than a pilgrim-created obstacle in the way of Christmas; a dead bird in the street that forced a brief detour.

Augusten Burroughs, You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas

The funny thing about Thanksgiving ,or any big meal, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for it then go home and cook, chop, braise and blanch. Then it’s gone in 20 minutes and everybody lies around sort of in a sugar coma and then it takes 4 hours to clean it up.

Ted Allen, The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes

I always think it’s funny when Indians celebrate Thanksgiving. I mean, sure, the Indians and Pilgrims were best friends during the first Thanksgiving, but a few years later, the Pilgrims were shooting Indians. So I’m never quite sure why we eat Turkey like everybody else.

Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

America has developed a pie tradition unequivocally and unapologetically at the sweet end of the scale, and at no time is this better demonstrated than at Thanksgiving.

Janet Clarkson, Pie: A Global History
Elizabeth Camden quote “Preparing and serving food had always been a joy, for it made her appreciate the abundance of the world”
“Preparing and serving food had always been a joy, for it made her appreciate the abundance of the world.” – Elizabeth Camden, Until The Dawn

About 94 percent of Americans prepare and serve turkey at home and most people stick to a traditional menu for the main meal: turkey with cranberry sauce, mashed white potatoes with giblet gravy, candied sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, a cooked green vegetable dish, relishes, and a pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert.

Martin K. Gay, Encyclopedia of North American Eating & Drinking Traditions, Customs, and Rituals

I can’t cook a Thanksgiving dinner. All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast.

Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

‘So what do we do?’ We do what all families do. Grin, bear it, and pass the mashed potatoes.

Heather Brewer, Eleventh Grade Burns

In November, people are good to each other. They carry pies to each other’s homes and talk by crackling woodstoves, sipping mellow cider. They travel very far on a special November day just to share a meal with one another and to give thanks for their many blessings – for the food on their tables and the babies in their arms.

Cynthia Rylant, In November
Carew Papritz quote “Thanksgiving - fall's finale. Best damn holiday of the year in my worldly estimation”
“Thanksgiving – fall’s finale. Best damn holiday of the year in my worldly estimation.” – Carew Papritz, The Legacy Letters: His Wife, His Children, His Final Gift

Thanksgiving is the holiday that encompasses all others. All of them, from Martin Luther King Day to Arbor Day to Christmas to Valentine’s Day, are in one way or another about being thankful.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

Overeating at Thanksgiving is a case in point. It’s a national tradition.

Eric Samuel Timm, Static Jedi: The Art of Hearing God Through the Noise

The next day, eating a turkey sandwich with salt and mayonnaise, Rebecca decided Thanksgiving was the best holiday, although she had little to choose from: her family never celebrated Hanukkah but her father was militant about ignoring Christmas and insisted they spend December 25 eating Chinese takeout and going to the movies.

Anna Quindlen, Still Life with Bread Crumbs

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go baste the turkey and hide the kitchen knives.

Mrs. Pascal in The House of Yes

It’s not too much food. This is what we’ve been training for our whole lives. This is our destiny, this is our finest hour.

Lorelai Gilmore in Gilmore Girls
Ambrose Pierce quote “Turkey: A large bird whose flesh, when eaten on certain religious anniversaries has the peculiar property of attesting piety and gratitude”
“Turkey: A large bird whose flesh, when eaten on certain religious anniversaries has the peculiar property of attesting piety and gratitude.” – Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

Once you start practicing being grateful and thankful for things, people, and events, you may notice that you start to attract more positive things, people, and events in your life.

Stephanie Conkle, Happy Person. Happy Life. A Recipe for Happiness

We all can ‘act’ a certain way for a brief period of time, for instance, on Thanksgiving, who of us hasn’t had to ‘act’ like we just loved everyone at the table? This brief show of good behavior is not true character. Our character is who we are when no one is looking.

Becky Van Volkinburg, God’s Word, Your Voice

Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.

Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

Turkey for the girls and Turkey for the boys. My favorite kind of pants are corduroys. Gobble gobble goo and Gobble gobble gickel. I wish turkey only cost a nickel. Oh I love turkey on Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Adam Sandler, The Thanksgiving Song

Family gathers to share good noise and good food. Gratitude abounds.

Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year
William Shakespeare quote "Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast"
“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” – William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors

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85 Spring Quotes to Make Your Soul Bloom

After the cold, long and dark days of winter, the spring season brings new life and fresh hope to the world.

The sun shines, the days get warmer, green shoots and bright flowers peep out from the soil, trees blossom, and new lambs and chicks are born.

Whether hiking, reading, gardening, or eating, we are finally able to get back to nature and spend time outside again.

Though spring might not look quite as idealized as this where you are, it is a welcome period of rebirth and inspiration for many of us all the same.

Writers, poets, painters and other creative minds have been fascinated by the springtime for centuries. In fact, some of the most famous lines of poetry and literature are about this time of year.

We’ve compiled the very best spring quotes to inspire you to get out there and make the most of this season of rebirth and rejuvenation.

Quotes about Spring

Jessica Harrelson quote "Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is"
“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.” – Jessica Harrelson

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.

Margaret Atwood

The first blooms of spring always make my heart sing.

S. Brown

Blossom by blossom the spring begins.

Algernon Charles Swinburne

Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.

Anonymous

Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.

Bishop Reginald Heber
Mark Twain spring quote "In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours"
“In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” – Mark Twain

Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer.

Anita Krizzan

Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.

John Muir

Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.

Sitting Bull

People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.

Roger Hornsby

In springtime, love is carried on the breeze. Watch out for flying passion and kisses whizzing by your head.

Emma Racine Defleur
Gustav Mahler quote "With the coming of spring, I am calm again"
“With the coming of spring, I am calm again.” – Gustav Mahler

Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.

Ellis Peters

The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.

Bernard Williams

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.

George Santayana

The first real day of spring is like the first time a boy holds your hand. A flood of skin-tingling warmth consumes you, and everything shines with a fresh, colorful glow, making you forget that anything as cold and harsh as winter ever existed.

Richelle E. Goodrich

Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.

Gustav Mahler
Pablo Neruda quote "I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees"
“I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees.” – Pablo Neruda

I believe in process. I believe in four seasons. I believe that winter’s tough, but spring’s coming. I believe that there’s a growing season. And I think that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better.

Steve Southerland

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.

Pablo Neruda

When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.

Ernest Hemingway

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…”

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
Robin Williams quote "Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’"
“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’” – Robin Williams

The spring wakes us, nurtures us and revitalizes us. How often does your spring come? If you are a prisoner of the calendar, it comes once a year. If you are creating authentic power, it comes frequently, or very frequently.

Gary Zukav

Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.

Virgil

Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul.

Luther Burbank
Henry Van Dyke quote "The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month"
“The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.” – Henry Van Dyke

Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.

W. Earl Hall

Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.

Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.

English Proverb
Charles Dickens spring quote "It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade"
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens

Nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land, grew especially strong in spring.

Vladimir Nabokov

If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring.

Victor Hugo

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!

Mark Twain

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
Kobayashi Issa spring quote "What a strange thing! to be alive beneath cherry blossoms"
“What a strange thing! to be alive beneath cherry blossoms.” – Kobayashi Issa

Spring is when you feel like whistling, even with a shoe full of slush.

Doug Larson

I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth?

Edward Giobbi

Spring is when life’s alive in everything.

Christina Rossetti

The sun was warm but the wind was chill / You know how it is with an April day.

Robert Frost

Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom.

Margaret Elizabeth Sangster
Rainer Maria Rilke quote "It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart"
“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.

Christopher Morley

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.

Robert H. Schuller

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.

William Shakespeare

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.

Charles Dickens
Ruth Stout quote "I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden"
“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” – Ruth Stout

I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright.

Millard Kaufman

The promise of spring’s arrival is enough to get anyone through the bitter winter!

Jen Selinsky

A kind word is like a spring day.

Russian Proverb

If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.

Audra Foveo

Spring is the time of plans and projects.

Leo Tolstoy
Anne Bradstreet quote "If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome"
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” – Anne Bradstreet

The beautiful spring came, and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.

Harriet Ann Jacobs

The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.

Gertrude Wister

Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?

Nelte Blancham

Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.

Theodore Roethke

I suppose the best kind of spring morning is the best weather God has to offer.

Dodie Smith
Lilly Pulitzer quote "Despite the forecast, live like it's spring"
“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.” – Lilly Pulitzer

No matter how chaotic it is, wildflowers will still spring up in the middle of nowhere.

Sheryl Crow

We can’t possibly have a summer love. So many people have tried that the name’s become proverbial. Summer is only the unfulfilled promise of spring, a charlatan in place of the warm balmy nights I dream of in April. It’s a sad season of life without growth…It has no day.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

If winter comes, can spring be far behind?

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.

Truman Capote
Marty Rubin quote "The deep roots never doubt spring will come"
“The deep roots never doubt spring will come.” – Marty Rubin

Because the birdsong might be pretty, But it’s not for you they sing, And if you think my winter is too cold, You don’t deserve my spring.

Erin Hanson

I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older.

Virginia Woolf

That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.

L.M. Montgomery

Spring drew on…and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.

Charlotte Brontë
Virgil A Kraft quote "Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world"
“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.” – Virgil A. Kraft

From the end spring new beginnings.

Pliny The Elder

But only a person in the depths of despair neglected to look beyond winter to the spring that inevitably followed, bringing back color and life and hope.

Mary Balogh

It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.

John Galsworthy

Or maybe spring is the season of love and fall the season of mad lust. Spring for flirting but fall for the untamed delicious wild thing.

Elizabeth Cohen

Always it’s Spring and everyone’s in love and flowers pick themselves.

E.E. Cummings
William Wordsworth quote "When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze"
“When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.” – William Wordsworth

Spring is the fountain of love for thirsty winter.

Munia Khan

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.

William Shakespeare

Spring’s greatest joy beyond a doubt is when it brings the children out.

Edgar Guest

My favorite weather is bird chirping weather.

Terri Guillemets

Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.

Lewis Grizzard
Susan J Bissonette quote "An optimist is the human personification of spring"
“An optimist is the human personification of spring.” – Susan J. Bissonette

We hope you’ve enjoyed these quotes about spring and the joys of springtime. Whenever the change in seasons happens where you are, and whatever it looks like, we hope you’ll make the most of the new season!