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140 Best Summer Quotes for 2021

“Summertime and the Living is Easy”

Summer is all about sunshine, tan lines, sunglasses, beaches, long nights, tall drinks, relaxation. Summertime is upon us, friends! And as our days stretch longer, the sun shines brighter and hotter. Our sunscreen stash gets a refresh. We’re celebrating the warmth and fun of the summer season, between hikes in nature or around the neighbourhood, picnic dinners in the backyard, running through the sprinklers in swimsuits as a whole family, picking up ice cream to go or making your own, soaking up vitamin D with outdoor projects like new landscaping or tending to your garden, watching the sunrise and set from your porch, and more.

To honour the season, we’ve rounded up the best quotes about summertime from renowned authors, poets, and public figures to get you in the summer spirit. Whether you’re itching to beat the heat or racing to embrace the sunshine and warmer water, these summertime quotes will get you in the mood for fun in the sun.

The following summer quotes are categorized into sections, so it’s easier for you to find the summer quote you are looking for. From short summer quotes to summer love and happy summer quotes, you’re sure to find a summer quote here that is perfect for your next Instagram caption.

140 Lovely Quotes About Summertime

Top 10 Summer Quotes

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

“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

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

“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

“Summertime. It was a song. It was a season. I wondered if that season would ever live inside me.” – Benjamin Alire Saenz

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

“Potential is like a summer crop. If it don’t rain, it don’t grow.” – Charles Oakley

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

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

“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

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“Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.” – Regina Brett

“Summer is singing with joy, and the beaches are inviting you with dancing waves.” – Debasish Mridha

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

“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…” – Harper Lee

“We know summer is the height of of being alive.” – Gary Shteyngart

“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

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

“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

Short Summer Quotes

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“Salt in the air, sand in my hair.”

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

“The end-of-summer winds make people restless.” – Sebastian Faulks

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

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

“Summer breeze makes me feel fine.” – Seals & Crofts

“Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.” – Yoko Ono

“Hip, Hip, Hooray for the Hot Summer Day!”

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

“I felt like summer had taken me over.” – Junot Diaz

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

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

“It’s always summer somewhere.” – Lilly Pulitzer

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

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

“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” – Sam Cooke

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

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

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

“There is no ‘we’ in summer. Only ‘u’ and ‘me’.”

“There is always that one summer that changes you.”

“The tans will fade but the memories will last forever.”

“Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer.” – Nat King Cole

“Your voice was the soundtrack of my summer.”

Inspirational Summer Quotes

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

“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

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

“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

“Again and again, the cicada’s untiring cry pierced the sultry summer air like a needle at work on thick cotton cloth.” – Yukio Mishima

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

“He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.” – John Burroughs

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

“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

Funny Summer Quotes

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

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

“I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.” – Brendan Behan

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

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

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

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

“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

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

“The grill is the summer equivalent of a fireplace; everyone gravitates to it.” – Katie Lee

“To see the summer sky is poetry, though never in a book it lie–true poems flee.” – Emily Dickinson

“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

“Working is bad enough in the winter, but in the summer it can become completely intolerable. Stuck in airless offices, every fiber of our being seems to cry out for freedom. We’re reminded of being stuck in double maths while the birds sing outside.” – Tom Hodgkinson

Cute Summer Quotes

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“Summer has a flavor like no other. Always fresh and simmered in sunshine.” – Oprah Winfrey

“I know that if odor were visible, as color is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.” – Robert Bridges

“Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet.” – Bob Marley (See also: weather quotes)

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” – John Steinbeck

Happy Summer Quotes

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“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer… one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doing, come as near perfection as anything can come in this world.” – L.M. Montgomery

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

“Summer vacation: where you drink triple, see double and act single.” (See also: vacation quotes)

“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

“In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explode, and every sunset is different.” – John Steinbeck

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

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

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” – Anton Chekhov

Missing Summer Quotes

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“If it could only be like this always—always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe.” – Evelyn Waugh

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

“Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.” – Diane Ackerman

“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

End of Summer Quotes

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

“Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.” – Hal Borland

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

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

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

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

“While we’re young and beautiful, living free and easy. Here without a worry, dancing in our bare feet because when the summer’s done we might not be so young and beautiful.”

Summer Quotes For Kids

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“Ah, summer – that long-anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It’s a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends.” – Darrell Hammond

“In the summer I was a wild child in the woods, with no shoes, and in the fall it was back to the city, shoe shops and school.” – Margaret Atwood

“In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible.” – Sarah Dessen

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

Summer Solstice Quotes

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Love Quotes

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“I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and lowering skies.” – Toni Morrison

“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.” – L.M. Montgomery

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

“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

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

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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

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

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

“I like summer. I like warmer weather and long days.” – Danielle Steel

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

“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

Summertime Quotes

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

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

“The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last forever. 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

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

“Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” – Porgy and Bess

“Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come.” – Thomas Carlyle

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

“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

Originally published June 20, 2021, updated June 20, 2021

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