Winter Quotes, Sayings, Captions

This list of the best winter quotes will help you stay warm and get the most out of the chilliest season. Whether it’s a statement about the beauty of a silent snowfall or the cozy feeling of snuggling up to a fire on a cold January day, these sayings will help you capture the spirit of the season.

You can use these quotes for social media posts and share them with friends. Or add funny winter captions to your Instagram posts (see the list of winter captions below).


    The best winter quotes and sayings

    Let’s start with sayings that pay tribute to those things that warm the heart of winter lovers everywhere.

    1. Enjoy winter quotes

    About winter’s beauty

    The pale, cold light of the winter sunset did not beautify—it was like the light of truth itself.
    Willa Cather

    How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year!
    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

    Cozy sayings

    Shut the door not that it lets in the cold but that it lets out the coziness.
    Mark Twain

    It is in the coldest months that hugs linger snug, and they warm the soul the most.
    Richelle E. Goodrich

    Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home.
    Edith Sitwell

    To stand at our window, wrapped in the half-dark and watch the day disappear… is a moment of hygge.
    Louisa Thomsen Brits

    Warm fireside glow

    The fire is winter’s fruit.
    Arabian proverb

    Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
    Victor Hugo

    Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.
    Haruki Murakami

    Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside; candles at four o’clock, warm hearthrugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies to the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without.
    Thomas De Quincey

    Winter reading

    In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.
    Ben Aaronovitch

    I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.
    T.S. Eliot

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    2. Winter snow quotes

    To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.

    Snow flurries began to fall and they swirled around people’s legs like house cats. It was magical, this snow globe world.
    Sarah Addison Allen

    Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.
    Sara Raasch

    There’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you’re special.
    Carol Rifka Brunt

    Advice is like the snow. The softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon and the deeper it sinks into the mind.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    Snow falling soundlessly in the middle of the night will always fill my heart with sweet clarity.
    Novala Takemoto

    When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels.

    Winter wonderland sayings

    It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.
    John Burroughs

    And when wind and winter harden All the loveless land, It will whisper of the garden, You will understand.
    Oscar Wilde

    Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder–no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.
    Candace Bushnell

    Cold and dark

    At this season of the year, darkness is a more insistent thing than cold. The days are short as any dream.
    E.B. White

    What freezings I have felt, what dark days seen,
    What old December’s bareness everywhere!
    William Shakespeare

    Peaceful and quiet

    Melancholy were the sounds on a winter’s night.
    Virginia Woolf

    About nature

    When snow falls, nature listens.
    Antoinette Van Kleef

    Many of the phenomena of Winter are suggestive of an inexpressible tenderness and fragile delicacy.
    Henry David Thoreau

    I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.
    Jeffrey McDaniel


    A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.
    George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

    3. Winter time quotes

    In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.
    William Blake

    Winter changes into stone the water of heaven and the heart of man.
    Victor Hugo

    In spring we are on Earth, in summer we are on Earth, in autumn we are on Earth, but in winter we are in another planet; winter is another planet!
    Mehmet Murat ildan

    About winter days

    I pray this winter be gentle and kind—a season of rest from the wheel of the mind.
    John Geddes

    Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.
    Willa Cather

    December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory.
    John Geddes

    Winter memories

    I got all my boyhood in vanilla winter waves around the kitchen stove.
    Jack Kerouac

    I love the scents of winter! For me, it’s all about the feeling you get when you smell pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread and spruce.
    Taylor Swift

    I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter’s evening, and I know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream… I know how the nuts taken in conjunction with winter apples, cider, and doughnuts, make old people’s tales and old jokes sound fresh and crisp and enchanting.
    Mark Twain

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    Winter to spring quotes

    In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.
    Henry Rollins

    No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.
    Guinean proverb

    Autumn arrives in the early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.
    Elizabeth Bowen

    Spring succeeds to winter.
    Latin proverb

    4. Winter quotes about love

    Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.
    Pietro Aretino

    I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’
    Lewis Carroll

    An old man in love is like a flower in winter.
    Portuguese proverb

    I would not a bit mind sleeping in the cool grass in summer, and when winter came on sheltering myself by the warm close-thatched rick, or under the penthouse of a great barn, provided I had love in my heart.
    Oscar Wilde

    Winter is much like unrequited love; cold and merciless.
    Kellie Elmore

    The heart can get really cold if all you’ve known is winter.
    Benjamin Alire Sáenz

    Romantic winter sayings

    An old man loved is a winter with flowers.
    German proverb

    To keep a warm heart in winter is the real victory.
    Marty Rubin

    The fireside is the tulip bed of a winter’s day.
    Persian proverb

    Are the days of winter sunshine just as sad for you, too? When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and causing it to crumble into ruins.
    Gustave Flaubert

    Words that come from the heart stay warm three winters long.
    Chinese proverb

    Winter with you

    There is no winter without snow, no spring without sunshine, and no happiness without companions.
    Korean proverb

    A man without a wife is like a man in winter without a fur cap.
    Russian proverb

    Winter with friends

    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

    Friendship that flows from the heart cannot be frozen by adversity, as the water that flows from the spring cannot congeal in winter.
    James Fenimore Cooper

    5. Inspirational winter quotes

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

    It seems like everything sleeps in winter, but it’s really a time of renewal and reflection.
    Elizabeth Camden

    Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.
    Victor Hugo

    Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.
    Paul Theroux

    Motivational sayings

    That’s what winter is: an exercise in remembering how to still yourself then how to come pliantly back to life again.
    Ali Smith

    If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
    Anne Bradstreet

    Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Joy and happiness

    Snow endures but for a season, and joy comes with the morning.
    Marcus Aurelius

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


    One kind word can warm three winter months.
    Japanese proverb

    Grace grows best in winter.
    Samuel Rutherford

    About life

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

    The hard soil and four months of snow make the inhabitants of the northern temperate zone wiser and abler than his fellow who enjoys the fixed smile of the tropics.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Zen winter quotes

    Spring comes with flowers, autumn with the moon, summer with the breeze, winter with snow. When idle concerns don’t fill your thoughts, that’s your best season.

    What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night, it is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime, it is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

    George R.R. Martin winter quote

    6. Positive winter quotes

    In the kingdom of hope, there is no winter.
    Russian proverb

    After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn. And after every storm, there comes clear, open skies.
    Samuel Rutherford

    No winter lasts forever; no spring skips it’s turn.
    Hal Borland

    O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?
    Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Uplifting winter sayings

    Winter is not a season, it’s a celebration.
    Anamika Mishra

    It is never winter in the land of hope.
    Russian proverb


    Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.
    John Boswell

    Winter is the time of promise because there is so little to do – or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so.
    Stanley Crawford

    ‘Hear! hear!’ screamed the jay from a neighboring tree, where I had heard a tittering for some time, ‘winter has a concentrated and nutty kernel, if you know where to look for it.’
    Henry David Thoreau

    For among these winters there is one so endlessly winter that only by wintering through it will your heart survive.
    Rainer Maria Rilke

    We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.
    Gary Zukhav

    7. Funny winter sayings

    The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.
    Mark Twain

    A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.
    Carl Reiner

    My beach body is my winter body plus flip flops.
    Conan O’Brien

    Prosperity this Winter is going to be enjoyed by everybody that is fortunate enough to get into the poor farm.
    Will Rogers

    People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
    Rogers Hornsby

    The problem with winter sports is that—follow me closely here—they generally take place in winter.
    Dave Barry

    France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country.
    Mark Twain

    Cute winter quotes

    I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savor a bad mood.
    Bill Watterson

    Winter blues are cured every time with a potato gratin paired with a roast chicken.
    Alexandra Guarnaschelli

    You can’t get too much winter in the winter.
    Robert Frost

    There are only two seasons—winter and baseball.
    Bill Veeck

    Winter is nature’s way of saying, “Up yours!”
    Robert Byrne

    8. Short winter quotes

    Wisdom comes with winters.
    Oscar Wilde

    Nothing burns like the cold.
    George R.R. Martin

    Snowy winter, a plentiful harvest.
    Benjamin Franklin

    Never are voices so beautiful as on a winter’s evening.
    Virginia Woolf

    Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.
    Sinclair Lewis

    When great leaves fall, the winter is at hand.
    William Shakespeare

    9. Famous winter quotes

    Now is the winter of our discontent.
    William Shakespeare, King Richard III

    Always buy your straw hats in the winter.
    Benjamin Graham (economist and investor)

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.
    Charles Dickens

    Visits should be short, like a winter’s day. Lest you’re too troublesome, hasten away.
    Benjamin Franklin

    From movies, TV

    Bart “Now is the winter of our discontent.”
    Ralph: Oh no! Run!
    The Simpsons

    Let the whole world be as I am. Let winter rule always.
    Snow Queen

    Fry: This snow is beautiful. I’m glad global warming never happened.
    Leela: Actually it did. But thank God nuclear winter cancelled it out.

    Game of Thrones quote

    Game of Thrones

    Winter is coming.
    Ned Stark, Game of Thrones

    Winter is almost upon us.
    Jon Snow, Game of Thrones

    The winters are hard but the Starks will endure. We always have.
    Ned Stark, Game of Thrones

    Disney’s Frozen

    Winter’s a good time to stay in and cuddle.
    Olaf, Frozen

    Some people are worth melting for.
    Olaf, Frozen

    I never knew winter could be so beautiful.
    Anna, Frozen

    You kind of set off an eternal winter… everywhere.
    Anna, Frozen

    Winter quotes from famous songs

    I look around
    Leaves are brown
    And the sky is a hazy shade of winter
    Simon & Garfunkel, “A Hazy Shade of Winter”

    This is my winter song
    December never felt so wrong
    ‘Cause you’re not where you belong
    Inside my arms
    Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson, “Winter Song”

    Kiss me on this cold December night.
    Michael Bublé, “Cold December Night”

    Baby, it’s cold outside.
    Frank Loesser, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

    Come with me dance, my dear
    Winter’s so cold this year
    The Doors, “Wintertime Love”

    I’ve been for a walk
    On a winter’s day
    I’d be safe and warm
    If I was in L.A.
    The Mamas & The Papas, “California Dreamin’”

    So cold up north that the birds can’t hardly fly.
    I’m going back south and let this winter pass on by.
    Muddy Waters, “Cold Weather Blues”

    Walking in a winter wonderland.
    Richard B. Smith, “Winter Wonderland”

    We come from the land of the ice and snow
    From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow
    Led Zeppelin, “Immigrant Song”

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year
    There’ll be parties for hosting, Marshmallows for toasting,
    And caroling out in the snow.
    Andy Williams, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”

    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
    Sammy Cahn, “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

    Winter sayings from books and literature

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

    I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

    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

    Winter will pass, the days will lengthen, the ice will melt in the pasture pond. The song sparrow will return and sing, the frogs will awake, the warm wind will blow again.
    E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web

    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

    Harry Potter

    Hogsmeade looked like a Christmas card; the little thatched cottages and shops were all covered in a layer of crisp snow; there were holly wreaths on the doors and strings of enchanted candles hanging in the trees.
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Anne of Green Gables

    March came in that winter like the meekest and mildest of lambs, bringing days that were crisp and golden and tingling, each followed by a frosty pink twilight which gradually lost itself in an elfland of moonshine.
    L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

    Anne came dancing home in the purple winter twilight across the snowy places.
    L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

    Winter quotes from famous authors

    The white face of the winter day came sluggishly on, veiled in a frosty mist.
    Charles Dickens

    Nothing burns like the cold.
    George R.R. Martin

    Shakespeare winter sayings

    A sad tale’s best for winter: I have one of sprites and goblins.
    William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale

    Well-apparel’d April on the heel
    Of limping Winter treads.
    William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

    My old age is like a strong, vigorous winter: frosty but kindly.
    William Shakespeare, As You Like It

    Thou knowest, winter tames man, woman, and beast.
    William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

    Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold:
    So cares and joys abound, as seasons fleet.
    William Shakespeare, Henry VI

    Blow, blow, thou winter wind Thou art not so unkind, As man’s ingratitude.
    William Shakespeare, As You Like It

    In winter’s tedious nights sit by the fire With good old folks, and let them tell thee tales Of woeful ages, long ago betid
    William Shakespeare, Richard II

    There’s rosemary and rue. These keep Seeming and savor all the winter long. Grace and remembrance be to you.
    William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale

    Winter’s not gone yet, if the wild geese fly that way.
    William Shakespeare, King Lear

    Winter proverbs

    Winter will ask you what you did during the summer.
    Romanian proverb

    Whoever feeds the wolf in the winter will be eaten by him in the spring.
    Greek proverb

    He that is surprised with the first frost feels it all the winter after.
    George Herbert

    A woman’s beauty cannot warm a winter’s night.
    Ukrainian proverb

    You have summer and you have winter—why, then, be in a hurry?
    Russian proverb

    One kind word can warm three winter months.
    Japanese proverb

    Winter either bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail.
    Montenegro proverb

    You can do nothing about governments and winter.
    Slovenian proverb

    Just because men do not like the cold, Heaven will not stop the winter.
    Chinese proverb

    They who sing through the summer must dance in the winter.
    Italian proverb

    When the summer is winter, and the winter is summer, it is a sorry year.
    Spanish proverb

    Winter finds out what summer lays up.
    Montenegro proverb

    The bee, from her industry in the summer, eats honey all the winter.
    Belgian proverb

    10. Winter poems

    Then comes Winter, with bluster and snow,
    That brings to our cheeks the ruddy glow…
    Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

    Over the winter glaciers, I see the summer glow. And through the wind-piled snowdrift, the warm rosebuds below.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.
    J.R.R. Tolkien

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

    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

    Because the birdsong might be pretty,
    But it’s not for you they sing,
    And if you think my winter is too cold,
    You don’t deserve my spring.
    Erin Hanson

    Snow was falling,
    so much like stars
    filling the dark trees
    that one could easily imagine
    its reason for being was nothing more
    than prettiness.
    Mary Oliver

    11. Winter captions for Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and more!

    • Can’t wait for winter.
    • Winter is near.
    • ‘Tis the season to sparkle.
    • Winter: My new excuse for drinking more coffee.
    • ‘Tis the season to be freezin’.
    • Just remember: Every cold day is one step closer to summer.
    • Dreaming of iced coffee weather.
    • The temperature can only go up from here.
    • Who needs wings when you have skis?
    • My favorite winter shoes are ice skates.
    • Sleigh queen.
    • When winter comes.
    • This might be our chilliest adventure yet.
    • Time to ice skate like nobody’s watching.

    Snow captions

    • Life is better in the snow.
    • Be like snow: beautiful but cold.
    • Snowflakes are kisses from heaven.
    • Keep calm and wait for snow.
    • When life gives you snow, make snow angels.
    • If you listen carefully, the silence of snow falling is beautiful.
    • Snowflakes are winter’s butterflies.
    • You’re never too old for a snowball fight.
    • We’re all like snowflakes, all different in our own beautiful way.
    • And so the snow day begins…

    Winter and snow puns

    • It’s snow joke outside.
    • Walking in a winter pun-derland.
    • I love you snow much.
    • The snuggle is real.
    • Just chilling.
    • Sleigh all day.
    • There’s snowplace like home.
    • Up to snow good.
    • The forecast is un-brrr-lieveable.
    • I’ve used so many tissues, it’s snot funny.
    • Home sleet home.
    • It’s a winter-ful life.
    • With great powder comes great responsibility.
    • Totally sleigh-ed it.
    • Snow much fun!
    • There’s snow place like home.
    • Freeze the day.
    • Sugar and ice and everything nice.
    • Brrrrring on the snow.
    • I only have ice for you.
    • I’m giving winter the cold shoulder.
    • This weather is snow joke.
    • Someone is walking on thin ice.
    • It’s all downhill from here.

    Funny winter captions

    • Apologizing in advance for the things I say this winter.
    • Every day I’m shovelin’.
    • If you need me, I’ll be inside until April.
    • Don’t let the smile fool you — I couldn’t feel my toes when this was taken!
    • My favorite outdoor activity is going back inside.
    • The mittens are coming off!
    • Winter is like fall except you need five pairs of leggings instead of one.
    • Snow boots and ice and nothing is nice.
    • Wake me up when it’s summer.
    • Hibernation mode: On.
    • You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy hot chocolate with marshmallows, and that’s kind of the same thing.
    • My favorite outdoor activity is the short walk back inside.
    • When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels.
    • It’s colder than my soul outside.
    • I can’t get out of bed on days when the temperature is less than my age.

    Cozy winter captions

    • Eat, drink, and be cozy.
    • Hot chocolate is like a hug from the inside.
    • Nothing beats a good snuggle on a cold winter’s night.
    • Stay cozy, my friends.
    • It’s hot chocolate weather.
    • Chillin’ with my mug and blanket, just like Baby Yoda.
    • Hot cocoa + fuzzy socks = a cozy winter night.

    Winter love captions

    • If kisses were snowflakes, I’d send you a blizzard.
    • Cold hands, warm heart, can’t lose.
    • It was love at frost sight.
    • Friends don’t let friends play in the snow alone.
    • We go together like winter and a sweater.

    Well, there you have it—a list of the best winter quotes, sayings, and captions to get you through the chilliest season! Here are some more quotes about seasons you’ll enjoy:

    Spring Quotes

    Summer Quotes

    Fall Quotes

    By Greg Johnson | Published 11/3/2021