86 of the Best Summer Quotes

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It’s summertime. Whether you’re just getting ready for summer, or looking for short and happy summertime quotes, or literary quotes and summer inspiration, here are 86 of the best sun-drenched summer quotes to start your summer off right.

Getting Ready for Summer Quotes

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“I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer, come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches.” – Oriana Green

“Friends, sun, sand, and sea, that sounds like a summer to me.” – Unknown

“In the summertime, when the weather is hot, you can reach right up and touch the sky.” – Mungo Jerry

“Some of the best memories are made in flip-flops.” – Kellie Elmore

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” – L.M. Montgomery

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

“There was nothing like a Saturday – unless it was the Saturday leading up to the last week of school and into summer vacation. That of course was all the Saturdays of your life rolled into one big shiny ball.” – Nora Roberts, Rising Tides

“When people went on vacation, they shed their home skins, thought they could be a new person.” ― Aimee Friedman, Sea Change

“If you’re not barefoot, then you’re overdressed.” – Unknown

“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.” ― Shanti

“When I figured out how to work my grill, it was quite a moment. I discovered that summer is a completely different experience when you know how to grill.” –Taylor Swift

Funny Summertime Quotes

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“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” – Sam Keen

“I was used to heat but this place was so dry the trees were bribing the dogs.” – Irvine Welsh

“Do what we can, summer will have its flies.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“This kind of heat sucks when you’re not at the beach with a cold beer in your hand. I need a vacation from my vacation.” – April Mae Monterrosa

“Summer vacation: where you drink triple, see double and act single.” – Unknown

“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” -Russel Baker

“In summer the empire of insects spreads.” ― Adam Zagajewski

“The month of August had turned into a griddle where the days just lay there and sizzled.” – Sue Monk Kidd

“Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer’s day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented.”- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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“It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do.” -Walter Winchell

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawnmower is broken.” – James Dent

“It was like riding into the blast of a hair-dryer set on hot.” – Colin Cotterill

“A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp.” – Raymond Duncan

“Summer should get a speeding ticket.” Unknown

“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.” – Bern Williams

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” – Dr. Seuss

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”  – Mark Twain

“Thirty ways to shape up for summer. Number one: eat less. Number two: exercise more. Number three: what was I talking about again? I’m so hungry.” – Maria Bamford

Short Summer Quotes

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“Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.” – Van Morrison

“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” – Wallace Stevens

“It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!” – Kenny Chesney

“Summer is for surrendering; winter is for wondering.” ― Debasish Mridha

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…” ― Susan Polis Schutz

“She smelled of sun and daisies with a hint of river water.” – Katie Daisy

“The island is ours. Here, in some way, we are young forever.” ― E. Lockhart, We Were Liars

“Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass.” – Rupert Brooke

“It’s summer and time for wandering…” – Kellie Elmore

“The end-of-summer winds make people restless.” ― Sebastian Faulks, Engleby

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“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” – Robert Orben

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” – Charles Bowden

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.”  – St. Francis of Assisi

“I love how summer just wraps it’s arms around you like a warm blanket.” ― Kellie Elmore

“Summer-induced stupidity. That was the diagnosis…” ― Aimee Friedman, Sea Change

“In summer, the song sings itself.” – William Carlos Williams

“Summertime, and the living is easy.” – George Gershwin

“. . . where we lounged through summer days, waiting for something to happen”
― Mary Szybist, Incarnadine: Poems

“Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about.”– John Mayer

“In this story
I am the poet
You’re the poetry.”
― Arzum Uzun

Happy Summer Quotes

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“Hey! It’s summer! Be free and happy and danceful and uninhibited and  now‑y!”  – Terri Guillemets

“Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun.” – Brian Wilson

“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

” 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

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.” ―William Shakespeare

“A good swimming pool could do that—make the rest of the world seem impossibly insignificant, as far away as the surface of the moon.” –Emma Straub, The Vacationers

“If summer had one defining scent, it’d definitely be the smell of barbecue.” –Katie Lee

“I could taste the salt on her lips, each kiss like a summer wave breaking on an empty beach.”
― Michael Faudet

“I drifted into a summer-nap under the hot shade of July, serenaded by a cicadae lullaby, to drowsy-warm dreams of distant thunder.” -Terri Guillemets

“When I go to the shore, I take along the poems of Pablo Neruda. I suppose it’s because the poems are simultaneously lush and ripe and kind of lazy, yet throbbing with life – like summer itself.” – Tom Robbins

Summer Inspiration Quotes

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

“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.” – Ada Louise Huxtable

“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.” – Celia Thaxter

“Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out.” ― Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

“A life without love is like a year without summer.” – Swedish Proverb

“Rejoice as summer should… chase away sorrows by living.” ― Melissa Marr, Darkest Mercy

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” – Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

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

Beautiful Summertime Quotes

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“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” ― Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

“Summer, dropping so easily a delicious everything upon your skin and lips. Like a never-ending kiss — taunting, deep, and luscious. The sun. The heat. The thousand echoes of a timelessness before time, when every day seems longer than the next and no day seems likely to ever truly end. Summer.” ― Carew Papritz

“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

 “It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” – Maud Hart Lovelace

“Summer gathered in the weather, the wind had the proper touch, the breathing of the world was long and warm and slow. You had only to rise, lean from your window, and know that this was the first real time of freedom and living; this was the first morning of summer.” Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

“Again and again, the cicada’s untiring cry pierced the sultry summer air like a needle at work on thick cotton cloth.” ―Yukio Mishima, Runaway Horses: The Sea of Fertility, 2

“Oh, the summer night / HAS A SMILE OF LIGHT / And she sits on a sapphire throne.” ― Barry Cornwall

Literary Quotes About Summer

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“Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.” – C. Day Lewis

Press close, bare-bosomed Night! Press close, magnetic,
nourishing Night!
Night of south winds! Night of the large, few stars!
Still, nodding Night! Mad, naked, Summer Night!
– Walt Whitman

“The summer night was settling upon the neighborhood like a dark lace veil, casting dappled shadows on the roofs and sidewalks and lawns.” ―Victoria Kahler, Luisa Across the Bay

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. There is no thunder, no relieving rain. These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after.” ― Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

“In the long dusks of summer we walked the suburban streets through scents of maple and cut grass, waiting for something to happen.” ―Steven Millhauser, Dangerous Laughter

“Spring has many American Faces. There are cities where it will come and go in a day and counties where it hangs around and never quite gets there. Summer is drawn blinds in Louisiana, long winds in Wyoming, shade of elms and maples in New England.”– Archibald Macleish

“Even so, there were times I saw freshness and beauty. I could smell the air, and I really loved rock ‘n’ roll. Tears were warm, and girls were beautiful, like dreams. I liked movie theaters, the darkness and intimacy, and I liked the deep, sad summer nights.” ― Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

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You thought it was a falling leaf we heard:
I knew it was the Summer’s gypsy feet. – Karle Wilsom Baker

“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.” – George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones

“The summer demands and takes away too much. /But night, the reserved, the reticent, gives more than it takes” ― John Ashbery, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror


“God what an outfield,’ he says. ‘What a left field.’ He looks up at me, and I look down at him. ‘This must be heaven,’ he says.

‘No. It’s Iowa,’ I reply automatically. But then I feel the night rubbing softly against my face like cherry blossoms; look at the sleeping girl-child in my arms, her small hand curled around one of my fingers; think of the fierce warmth of the woman waiting for me in the house; inhale the fresh-cut grass smell that seems locked in the air like permanent incense; and listen to the drone of the crowd, as below me Shoeless Joe Jackson tenses, watching the angle of the distant bat for a clue as to where the ball will be hit.

‘I think you’re right, Joe,’ I say, but softly enough not to disturb his concentration.”
― W.P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe


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