Six Quotes Celebrating Summer

6 Quotes Celebrating Summer; last lovely weeks of summer lay before us. I hope yours has brought you joy.

As a lover of literature and words, today I want to savor what others have written about summer. Therefore, I invite you to simply enjoy these six quotes about summer.


Isn’t this lovely! Here in Oregon, the blossoming of the roses do herald the first days of summer. Portland, Oregon even hosts a rose festival every June. I also adore Lovelace’s metaphor for sunshine–“powdered gold.”

This quote makes me want to seek out and read the Betsy and Tacy books that I have not read since my childhood.


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

This is so true for me! I remember how, after the last exam of June, I would hurry home and read a novel, beginning to end, all in one sitting. What a delight.

Even now, with darkness falling as late as 9:30 P.M. it is so much easier to read until ten or eleven o’clock at night.


Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

As someone who has lived all her life on the west coast, this has long been a definition of summer for me. Every year my family met for a reunion at Yosemite National Park, Mom and Marie took a house at the beach for a week with their kids from the time I was a child and well into my adulthood, and my husband and I love nothing better than camping and hiking in the mountains and visiting national parks. Summer is not summer without a little “wild air.”


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

Much as I love travel (especially road trips), I appreciate how this quote illustrates that we can experience the beauty and leisure of summer without leaving town. One of my definitions of summer is reading in beneath a shady tree beside a moving body of water (lake, stream, backyard creek, I’m not picky).


“Oh, the summer night, has a smile of light, and she sits on a sapphire throne.”
–Bryan Procter, “Nature Song”

I love this! The poetry– The imagery– The rhythmn… Ah!


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

As someone who struggles with the sheer darkness of winter, I love this quote Summer is light; summer is warmth; summer is expanded horizons. I need to always carry a little bit of summer with me.

Your Turn

Do you have a favorite quote about summer? If so, please share it in the comment box below, and if you don’t feel too shy, please explain why you love it. Celebrate summer with me. Let’s encourage one another!