Dealing with Winter

Sunday, January 3. 2010 – Dealing with Winter

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~ Andrew Wyeth

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

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

Snow and adolescence are the only problems that disappear if you ignore them long enough. ~ Earl Wilson

There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you…. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. ~ Ruth Stout

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

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

Spring, summer, and fall fill us with hope; winter alone reminds us of the human condition. ~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring. ~ W. J. Vogel

Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter to do something next summer; this is how commencement speakers are caught. ~ Sydney J. Harris

Antisthenes says that in a certain faraway land the cold is so intense that words freeze as soon as they are uttered, and after some time then thaw and become audible, so that words spoken in winter go unheard until the next summer. ~ Plutarch, Moralia

There are only two seasons – winter and Baseball. ~ Bill Veeck

There are three reasons for becoming a writer: the first is that you need the money; the second that you have something to say that you think the world should know; the third is that you can’t think what to do with the long winter evenings. ~ Quentin Crisp

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

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

Never take a job where winter winds can blow up your pants. ~ Geraldo Rivera

I grew up thinking of snow as a luxury you visit. ~ John Landis

What, I sometimes wonder, would it be like if I lived in a country where winter is a matter of a few chilly days and a few weeks’ rain; where the sun is never far away, and the flowers bloom all year long? ~ Anna Neagle

I’ve lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate. ~ John Steinbeck

In India, “cold weather” is merely a conventional phrase and has come into use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will melt a brass door-knob and weather which will only make it mushy. ~ Mark Twain

Genius is an African who dreams up snow. ~ Vladimir Nabokov

Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the weather. ~ Bill Hicks

There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing. ~ Alfred Wainwright

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