- The afternoon is bright,
with spring in the air,
a mild March afternoon,
with the breath of April stirring...
--Antonio Machado (Selected Poems)
- Ah, woe is me! Winter is come and gone,
But grief returns with the revolving year.-- Mary Shelley (Adonis)
- Autumn to winter, winter to spring,
Spring into summer, summer into fall--
So rolls the changing year, and so we change
Motion so swift, we know not that we move.--Dinah Mulock Craik
- Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou are not so unkind
As man's ingratitude.--William Shakespeare (As You Like It)
- Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire, and Christmas treat.--Sara Coleridge ("The Garden Year")
- Cold and snowy February
Does seem slow and trying, very.
Still, a month made gay by Cupid
Never could be wholly stupid.
--Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron
- A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of year
For a journey, and such a long journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.--T. S. Eliot ("Journey of the Magi")
- The cold spurred her ambition. When frost came, you had to decide things.--Ruth Suckow ("A Great Mollie" A Ruth Suckow Omnibus)
- Come lovely Morning, rich in frost
On iron, wood and glass...
Come, rich and lovely Winter's Eve,
That seldom handles gold;
And spread your silver sunsets out,
In glittering fold on fold.--W. H. Davies ("Silver Hours")
- December will be magic again.
Take a husky to the ice
While Bing Crosby sings White Christmas.
He makes you feel nice.
December will be magic again.--Kate Bush
- The English winter, ending in July
To recommence in August.--Lord Byron
- February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer.--Shirley Jackson (Raising Demons)
- February's the worst month, you get so tired of everything and everybody, you seem to have done everything before.--Mary Stewart Cutting ("On the Ridge" The Suburban Whirl)
- For winter's rains and ruins are over...
And in Green under wood and cover
Blossum by blossom the spring begins.--Algernon Charles Swinburne (Atalanta in Calydon)
- The ground has on its clothes.
The trees poke out of sheets
and each branch wears the sock of God.--Anne Sexton ("Snow" The Awful Rowing Toward God)
- I am younger each year at the first snow.--Anne Sexton (Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters)
- 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
- 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 (Meditations Divine and Moral)
- In a way winter is the real spring, the time when the inner thing happens, the resurge of nature.--Edna O'Brien ("Clara" Mrs. Reinhardt)
- In the coldest February, as in every other month in every other year, the best thing to hold on to in this world is each other.-~Linda Ellerbee
- In the depths of winter, I finally learnt in me there was an invincible summer.--Albert Camus
- In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.--Ben Aaronovitch
- In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,--
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.--Robert Louis Stevenson (A Child's Garden of Verses)
- In winter's tedious nights sit by the fire
With good old folks, and let them tell thee tales
Of woeful ages, long ago betid…--William Shakespeare (Richard II)
- It is a pleasure to a real lover of Nature to give winter all the glory he can, for summer will make its own way, and speak its own praises.--Dorothy Wordsworth (The Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth. v. 1)
- It is impossible, to me at least, to be poetical in cold weather.--George Eliot (George Eliot's Life as Related in Her Letters and Journals)
- It is shovel, shovel, snow,
Shovel everywhere you go,
Shovel high and shovel low,
Shovel, shovel, shovel snow.--Mary Dodge Woodward (The Checkered Years)
- 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 (Great Expectations)
- January has only one thing to be said for it: it is followed by February. Nothing so well becomes its passing.--Katherine Tynan
- The large white snow-flakes as they flutter down, softly, one by one, whisper soothingly "Rest, poor heart, rest." It is as though our mother soothes our hair, and we are comforted.--Ralph Iron (The Story of an African Farm)
- Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.--Pietro Aretino (letter to Agostino Ricchi, July 10, 1537)
- The lovely seasons in lovely lands, when fled
Are half the birds, and mists lie low, and the sun
Is rarely seen, nor strayeth far from his bed;
The short days pass unwelcomed one by one.--Robert Bridges ("November" New Poems)
- March came in that winter like the meekest and mildest of lambs, bringing days that were crisp and golden and tingling, each followed by a frosty pink twilight which gradually lost itself in an elfland of moonshine.--L. M. Montgomery
- March is a month of considerable frustration - it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away.--Thalassa Cruso
- The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism, but February.... Spring is too far away to comfort even by anticipation, and winter long ago lost the charm of novelty. This is the very three a.m. of the calendar.-~Joseph Wood Krutch
- No Winter lasts forever, no Spring skips its turn. April is a promise that May is bound to keep, and we know it.--Hal Borland ( Sundial of the Seasons)
- The problem with winter sports is that - follow me closely here - they generally take place in winter.--Dave Barry
- See. Winter comes to rule the varied year,
Sullen and sad.--James Thomson ("Winter" The Seasons)
- 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 (The Sugar Queen)
- Some of the days in November carry the whole memory of summer as a fire opal carries the color of moonrise.--Gladys Taber (Stillmeadow Daybook)
- 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
- There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.--Ruth Stout
- There is a wilder solitude in winter
When every sense is pricked alive and keen.--May Sarton ("The House in Winter" A Private Mythology)
- There seems to be so much more winter than we need this year.--Kathleen Norris (Bread Into Roses)
- The trumpet of prophecy! O wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?--Percy Bysshe Shelley (Ode to the West Wind)
- Two evils, monstrous either one apart,
Possessed me, and were long and loath at going:
A cry of Absence, Absence, in the heart,
And in the woods the furious winter blowing.--John Crowe Ransom ("Winter Remembered")
- What fire could ever equal the sunshine of a winter's day?--Henry David Thoreau
- What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.--John Steinbeck (Travels with Charley: In Search of America)
- 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 the time for home.--Edith Sitwell
- Without Valentine's Day, February would be... well, January.--Jim Gaffigan
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