On the last Wednesday of every month, I serve up a potpourri of advice, inspiration and other tidbits I've come across in recent weeks. This being mid-summer, and finally being free of the boot I've been wearing for a foot fracture, I'm sharing quotes about summertime and freedom. How's your summer going?
Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer.
-- Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty
Freedom is the basic condition for you to touch life, to touch the blue sky, the trees, the birds, the tea, and the other person.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh, Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames
Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
-- Henry James
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
-- John Lubbock, The Use Of Life
At these times, the things that troubled her seemed far away and unimportant: all that mattered was the hum of the bees and the chirp of birdsong, the way the sun gleamed on the edge of a blue wildflower, the distant bleat and clink of grazing goats.
-- Alison Croggon, The Naming
One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.
-- Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle
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
Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil.
-- Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy
I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and lowering skies.
-- Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last for ever. Even on the most beautiful days in the whole year – the days when summer is changing into autumn – the crickets spread the rumor of sadness and change.
-- E.B. White, Charlotte's Web
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
'Cause a little bit of summer's what the whole year's all about.
-- John Mayer
Read more summer quotes here.
Written from the heart,
from the heart of the woods
Read the introduction to HeartWood here.
Nan Sanders Pokerwinski, a former journalist, writes memoir and personal essays, makes collages and likes to play outside. She lives in West Michigan with her husband, Ray.