Summer Quotes

These joyful, funny, and inspirational summer quotes will make you want to grab a blanket and a book, lie under a tree and enjoy the summer sun.

Whether you’re looking for the best summer quotes or a little inspiration to get you through summer, these amazing pieces of summer wisdom will give you a boost.

The best summer quotes and sayings

Sunshine, ice cream, picnics: Sounds like summer to us. So we’ve compiled what we think are the top quotes about summer from our archives. Enjoy!

1. Summer is coming

One swallow is a coincidence, but two swallows make summer.
Siddhartha Mukherjee

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

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

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

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2. Inspirational summer quotes

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

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

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

Summer was about freedom and youth and no school and possibilities and adventure and exploration. Summer was a book of hope.
Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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

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

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

3. Happy summer sayings

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair.
Susan Polis Schutz

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

One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.
Aristotle

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

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

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

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

Summer joy

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

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

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

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

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

Emily Dickinson quote

4. Funny summer quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s a cruel season that makes you get ready for bed while it’s light out.
Bill Watterson

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

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

If you’re not barefoot, then you’re overdressed.
Unknown

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

5. Short sayings

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

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.
Sam Keen

It’s summer and time for wandering.
Kellie Elmore

In summer, the song sings itself.
William Carlos Williams

Summertime and the livin’ is easy.
Porgy and Bess

Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Yoko Ono

But thy eternal summer shall not fade.
William Shakespeare

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

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

It’s always summer somewhere.
Lily Pulitzer

My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather.
Terri Guillemets

I like summer. I like warmer weather and long days.
Danielle Steel

When all else fails, take a vacation.
Betty Williams

Ralph Waldo Emerson quote

6. Summer vibes

Oh, I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved the idea of summer, and sun, and all things hot!
Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen”

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

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

Lazy summer quotes

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

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

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

The smell of summer

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

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

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

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

Summer sunshine

Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadows.
Helen Keller

O, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.
Roman Payne

You are so much sunshine in every square inch.
Walt Whitman

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

One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.
Jeanette Walls

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

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

Summer nights

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

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

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

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

Summer nights held a special kind of loneliness that gave rise to strange imaginings. One walked the beach alone and thought too much.
Robert Ludlum

Summer night — even the stars are whispering to each other.
Kobayashi Issa

7. Summer garden quotes

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
Audrey Hepburn

I am more myself in a garden than anywhere else on earth.
Don Green

We might think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.
Jenny Uglow

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

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Pablo Neruda butterfly quote

8. Summer quotes about life

Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summertime. It was a song. It was a season. I wondered if that season would ever live inside of me.
Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.
Yoko Ono

9. Summer quotes about love

This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.
William Shakespeare

Why is summer mist romantic and autumn mist just sad?
Dodie Smith

A life without love is like a year without summer.
Swedish proverb

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

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 Mallay

For couples

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

We were both young when I first saw you. I close my eyes and the flashback starts. I’m standin’ there on a balcony in summer air.
Taylor Swift

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

If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.
Bernard Williams

10. Song lyrics about summer

Summer, summer, summer
It’s like a merry-go-round.
The Cars, “Magic”

Hot fun in the summertime.
Sly & The Family Stone, “Hot Fun in the Summertime”

It’s a cruel, cruel summer.
Bananarama, “Cruel Summer”

Kiss me hard before you go
Summertime sadness
I just wanted you to know
That baby, you the best.
Lana Del Rey, “Summertime Sadness”

Those lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer.
Nat King Cole, “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer”

One summer never ends
One summer never began
It keeps me standing still
It takes all my will
And then suddenly
Last summer.
The Motels, “Suddenly Last Summer”

Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet.
Bob Marley, “Sun Is Shining”

Summertime songs

Summertime
And the living is easy.
Sam Cooke, “Summertime”

The summer wind came blowin’ in
From across the sea
It lingered there so warm and fair
To walk with me.
Frank Sinatra, “Summer Wind”

Summer days drifting away
To, oh, oh, the summer nights.
Olivia Newton John, “Summer Nights”

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

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

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

11. Summer quotes from books and literature

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

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 rumour of sadness and change.
E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing.
Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

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

Summer is the time for squabbles. In winter, we must protect one another, keep each other warm, share our strengths.
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

The castle grounds were gleaming in the sunlight as though freshly painted; the cloudless sky smiled at itself in the smoothly sparkling lake, the satin-green lawns rippled occasionally in a gentle breeze: June had arrived.
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Famous authors

Warm summer sun, shine kindly here. Warm southern wind, blow softly here. Green sod above, lie light, lie light. Good night, dear Heart, Good night, good night.
Mark Twain

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

A thin grey fog hung over the city, and the streets were very cold; for summer was in England.
Rudyard Kipling

So on a summer’s day waves collect, overbalance, and fall; collect and fall; and the whole world seems to be saying ‘that is all’ more and more ponderously, until even the heart in the body which lies in the sun on the beach says too ‘that is all’. Fear no more, says the heart. Fear no more, says the heart, committing its burden to some sea, which sighs collectively for all sorrows, and renews, begins, collects, lets fall.
Virginia Woolf

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

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

Summer poetry

some winters
will never melt
some summers
will never freeze
and some things will only
… live in poems.
Sanober Khan

Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.
Pablo Neruda

12. Summer ending quotes

August is like the Sunday of summer.
Unknown

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 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

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

Thus sometimes hath the brightest day a cloud;
And after summer evermore succeeds
Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold:
So cares and joys abound, as seasons fleet.
William Shakespeare

Last days of summer

To say it was a beautiful day would not begin to explain it. It was that day when the end of summer intersects perfectly with the start of fall.
Ann Patchett

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

When summer gathers up her robes of glory, And, like a dream, glides away.
Sarah Helen Whitman

The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer.
George R.R. Martin

A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.
Unknown

13. Summer captions for Instagram

Spice up your social media posts with a clever summer caption!

  • Hey summer, I’m waiting for you.
  • Summer should get a speeding ticket.
  • Ice cream is a food group.
  • Summer is the best excuse for lazy days.
  • Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.
  • Summer is a state of mind.

For the beach

  • Beach, please!
  • Gone to the beach. Be back never.
  • Keep calm and lay in the sun.
  • Stay salty.
  • The beach is calling my name.
  • Sun, sand and pineapple in hand.
  • Anchors away.
  • I prefer my footprints in the sand than the snow.
  • High tides and good vibes.
  • B.E.A.C.H.: Best Escape Anyone Can Have
  • The beach: where doing absolutely nothing is doing something.
  • Sandy toes, tan lines and ocean waves.
  • Life’s a wave, catch it.
  • Swim your worries away.
  • If life is a journey, the beach is my destination.
  • Salt in the air, sand in my hair.
  • Queen of the (sand) castle.

Summer sun captions

  • Girls just wanna have sun.
  • Sunshine is the best medicine.
  • Girls just wanna have sun!
  • Live by the sun, love by the moon.
  • Life is better when you’re under the sun.
  • In a sunshine state of mind.
  • Make your own sunshine.
  • There are Sundays, and then there are SUN-DAYS.
  • Friends are the sunshine of life.
  • I was made for sunny days.
  • Watch more sunsets than Netflix.

Summer vacation captions

  • Vacation mode: Activated.
  • Adventure is calling.
  • Summer nights and city lights.
  • The tans will fade but the memories will last forever.
  • I need a six month vacay twice a year.
  • A pineapple a day keeps the worries away.
  • I live in vacation mode.

Summer vibes captions

  • Good times and tan lines.
  • I’m in a flip flop state of mind.
  • Pool hair, don’t care.
  • Nothing but good vibes and blue skies.
  • Never stop chasing your summer.
  • Wake me up when it’s summer.
  • All you need is ice cream.
  • Less Monday, more summer, please.

Summer puns

  • Tropic like it’s hot!
  • Aboat time.
  • Beach you to it.
  • Time to seas the day.
  • Shake your palm palms.
  • Always make sure to get your daily dose of Vitamin Sea.
  • Hanging with my grill friends.
  • Don’t worry, beach happy.
  • Life’s a beach.
  • If you need to reach me, call me on my shell.

We hope you enjoyed this list of inspirational summer quotes. Be sure to check out these other seasonal quote lists:

Fall Quotes

Winter Quotes

Spring Quotes