11 Happy Quotes About Summertime

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Bring out the shades, the beach balls and the family fun, because the first breeze of summer has officially blown. June 21 marks the start of the season of positive vibes and childhood nostalgia. As you head out into the sun, warm your mind with these summertime quotes.

Summertime quotes

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

—Zooey Deschanel

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

—Henry David Thoreau

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

—William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18

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

—Henry James

“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

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” 

—Sam Keen

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

—Langston Hughes

Quotes about summer activities

“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 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

“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

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

This article was updated June 2023. Photo by Krakenimages.com/Shutterstock

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Lydia Sweatt is a freelance writer, bookworm, and bass guitar enthusiast. When she goes outside, a bicycle goes with her.

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