100 Summer Quotes To Inspire New Life Adventures

Do you want to enjoy and remember the best years of your life?

Read these summer quotes for ideas.

Summer represents the prime of your life. The rainy days of spring are over, and everything is blooming. Spring is a time of growth, and summer is a time of experience and living your life.

Summer is a time of freedom from school, work (vacation), and the dark days of winter.

It’s a beautiful time of friendships, sunsets, flowers, fireflies, beach trips, camping, and bonfires.

Find inspiration in these positive quotes about summer to make new memories, find love, and enjoy every moment.

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Short Summer Quotes

“Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.”

∼Roman Payne


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

∼Charles Bowden


“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”

∼William Shakespeare, Sonnets


“Pies mean Thanksgiving and Christmas and picnics.”

∼Janet Clarkson, Pie: A Global History


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

∼Kellie Elmore


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


“some winters
will never melt

some summers
will never freeze

and some things will only
… live in poems.”

∼Sanober Khan, Turquoise Silence


“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”

∼susan polis schutz


“Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”

∼Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets


“It’s always summer somewhere.”

∼Lilly Pulitzer


“I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this.”

∼Susan Branch

A woman kicking water on the beach, "I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this." ∼Susan Branch

“A summer I’ll always remember with people I’ll never forget.” ∼Anonymous


“Rejoice as summer should…chase away sorrows by living.”

∼Melissa Marr


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

∼Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib


“Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.”

∼Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

∼Henry David Thoreau


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

∼Wallace Stevens


“Smell the sea and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.”

∼Van Morrison


“It will not always be summer; build barns.”



“You are so much sunshine in every square inch.”

∼Walt Whitman


“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.”

∼Helen Keller


“Summer is a state of mind.”



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



“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.”

∼Langston Hughes


“Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet.”

∼Bob Marley


“I was made for sunny days.”



“Every summer has a story.”



“They don’t care what you do. They just want the beach and the sun and the fun.”

∼Candice Swanepoel


“Isn’t it fun to go out on the course and lie in the sun?”

∼Bob Hope


“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


“Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.”

∼Hosea Ballou


“I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket.”

∼Kellie Elmore


“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.”

∼Jenny Han


“Oh, the summer night, has a smile of light, and she sits on a sapphire throne.”

∼Bryan Procter


“Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about.”

∼John Mayer


“Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.”

∼Mario Fernández

A woman on a swing high in the air over a river, "Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine." ∼Mario Fernández

Missing Summer Quotes

“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”

∼Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle


“[T]hat old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air … Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.”

∼Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose


“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


“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.”

∼L.M. Montgomery, Anne’s House of Dreams


“December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory…”

∼John Geddes A Familiar Rain


“It is easy to forget now, how effervescent and free we all felt that summer.”

∼Anna Godbersen, Bright Young Things


“I don’t know how long I kept at it…
I felt reasonably safe, streched out on the floor, and lay quite still.
It didn’t seem to be summer any more”

∼Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


“Summertime. It was a song. It was a season. I wondered if that season would ever live inside of me.”

∼Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Last Night I Sang to the Monster


“Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the longest day in the year and then miss it.”

~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


Funny Summer Quotes

“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


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

∼Raymond Duncan


“Summer-induced stupidity.

That was the diagnosis…”

∼Aimee Friedman, Sea Change


“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.”

∼James Dent


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



“Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.”

∼Hal Borland


“A man says a lot of things in summer he doesn’t mean in winter.”

∼Patricia Briggs, Dragon Blood


“Summer bachelors like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be.”

∼Nora Ephron


“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


“Summer: Hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better.”



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



“Look! A trickle of water running through some dirt! I’d say our afternoon just got booked solid!”

∼Bill Watterson


“Watcha doin’?”
“Looking for frogs.”
“How come?”
“I must follow the inscrutable exhortations of my soul.”

∼Bill Watterson


“New York is strange in the summer. Life goes on as usual but it’s not, it’s like everyone is just pretending, as if everyone has been cast as the star in a movie about their life, so they’re one step removed from it. And then in September it all gets normal again.”

∼Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You


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

∼Katie Lee


“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”

∼Sam Keen


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

∼Katie Daisy


“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”

∼Al Bernstein


“Summer should get a speeding ticket.”



Happy Summer Quotes

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

∼Henry James


“it’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!”

∼Kenny Chesney


“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


“Come with me,’ Mom says.
To the library.
Books and summertime
go together.”

∼Lisa Schroeder, I Heart You, You Haunt Me


“If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe and Aloysius in a good temper…”

∼Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder


“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


“For me, it was almost like winter didn’t count. Summer was what mattered. My whole life was measured in summers.”

~Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty, Chapter 1, Page 5

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“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


“The library in summer is the most wonderful thing because there you get books on any subject and read them each for only as long as they hold your interest, abandoning any that don’t, halfway or a quarter of the way through if you like, and store up all that knowledge in the happy corners of your mind for your own self and not to show off how much you know or spit it back at your teacher on a test paper.”

∼Polly Horvath, My One Hundred Adventures


“I started working out with my father the summer I was 13, which was incredible for our relationship. Those were my summers: working out with my dad, hanging out with my brothers, riding my bike. Pretty simple.”

∼Michael Strahan


“Summer was on the way; Jem and I awaited it with impatience. Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the tree house; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill.”

∼Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


“Summer has always been my favorite season. I feel happier.”

∼Zooey Deschanel


“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


“The beauty of that June day was almost staggering. After the wet spring, everything that could turn green had outdone itself in greenness and everything that could even dream of blooming or blossoming was in bloom and blossom. The sunlight was a benediction. The breezes were so caressingly soft and intimate on the skin as to be embarrassing.”

∼Dan Simmons, Drood


“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


“I was on the beach every summer. That was the pleasant part of my childhood because we were right by the sea. We’d take a picnic, and I’d spend hours in the water until I turned blue. You couldn’t get me out of there.”

∼Olga Kurylenko


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

∼Maud Hart Lovelace


“Summer was here again. Summer, summer, summer. I loved and hated summers. Summers had a logic all their own and they always brought something out in me. Summer was supposed to be about freedom and youth and no school and possibilities and adventure and exploration. Summer was a book of hope. That’s why I loved and hated summers. Because they made me want to believe.”

∼Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe


“I like summer. I like warmer weather and long days. I’m one of those silly people who still enjoy lying in the sun—my children are horrified!”

∼Danielle Steel


“I love summertime more than anything else in the world. That is the only thing that gets me through the winter, knowing that summer is going to be there.”

∼Jack McBrayer


Summer Love Quotes

“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


“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”

∼John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne


“I fell for her in summer, my lovely summer girl,
From summer she is made, my lovely summer girl,
I’d love to spend a winter with my lovely summer girl,
But I’m never warm enough for my lovely summer girl,
It’s summer when she smiles, I’m laughing like a child,
It’s the summer of our lives; we’ll contain it for a while
She holds the heat, the breeze of summer in the circle of her hand
I’d be happy with this summer if it’s all we ever had.”

∼Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver


“Why is summer mist romantic and autumn mist just sad?”

∼Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle


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

∼Michael Faudet


“Sweet, sweet burn of sun and summer wind, and you my friend, my new fun thing, my summer fling.”

∼K.D. Lang


“A week feels like a year when you’re seventeen and in love. A twenty minute drive might as well be an ocean. But we were together again and the whole world was rejoicing, even the gravel crunched melodiously under our feet as we danced onward through the night.”

∼Chloe Rattray, Sacré Noir


“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

∼William Shakespeare


“Just to love! She did not ask to be loved. It was rapture enough just to sit there beside him in silence, alone in the summer night in the white splendor of moonshine, with the wind blowing down on them out of the pine woods.”

∼Lucy Maud Montgomery, The Blue Castle


“Just the smell of summer can make me fall in love.”



Hot Summer Quotes

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of 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.”

∼Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting


“Maycomb was a tired old town, even in 1932 when I first knew it. Somehow, it was hotter then. Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon after their three o’clock naps. And by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frosting from sweating and sweet talcum. The day was twenty-four hours long, but it seemed longer. There’s no hurry, for there’s nowhere to go and nothing to buy…and no money to buy it with.”

∼Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


“Here are some who like to run. They run for fun in the hot, hot sun.”

∼Dr. Seuss

Further reading:

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Sad Summer Quotes

“I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.”

∼Edna St. Vincent Millay


“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.”

∼George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones


“We can’t possibly have a summer love. So many people have tried that the name’s become proverbial. Summer is only the unfulfilled promise of spring, a charlatan in place of the warm balmy nights I dream of in April. It’s a sad season of life without growth…It has no day.”

∼F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise


“The summer stretched out the daylight as if on a rack. Each moment was drawn out until its anatomy collapsed. Time broke down. The day progressed in an endless sequence of dead moments.”

∼China Miéville, Perdido Street Station


“Watching the summer close is like watching a good kid die for no apparent reason.”

∼Darnell Lamont Walker


“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, A Feast for Crows


End of Summer Quotes

“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”

∼Sylvia Plath


“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 the winter comes, the summer shines infinitely in our hearts!”

∼Mehmet Murat ildan


There is something deep within us that sobs at endings. Why, God, does everything have to end? Why does all nature grow old? And, why do spring and summer have to go?

∼Joe Wheeler


“…and all at once, summer collapsed into fall.”

∼Oscar Wilde


“I do love the beginning of the summer hols,’ said Julian. They always seem to stretch out ahead for ages and ages.”They go so nice and slowly at first,’ said Anne, his little sister. ‘Then they start to gallop.”

∼Enid Blyton, Five Go Off in a Caravan


“September tries its best to have us forget summer.”

∼Bern Williams


“The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer.”

∼George R.R. Martin


“If June was the beginning of a hopeful summer, and July the juice middle, August was suddenly feeling like the bitter end.”

∼Sarah Dessen


Good Bye Summer Quotes

“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


“But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”

∼Stephen King, Salem’s Lot


“When summer gathers up her robes of glory, And, like a dream, glides away.”

∼Sarah Helen Whitman


“Sigh… there goes another summer, Snoopy!”

∼Charlie Brown


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What Are Your Favorite Summer Quotes and memories?


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