85 Winter Quotes

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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!

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's lead editor and content writer, and has invested in online properties since 2009. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie, son Alex, and his dog Oban.