Summer Once More

Sunday, June 19, 2016 – Summer Once More

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

Spring flew swiftly by, and summer came; and if the village had been beautiful at first, it was now in the full glow and luxuriance of its richness. The great trees, which had looked shrunken and bare in the earlier months, had now burst into strong life and health; and stretching forth their green arms over the thirsty ground, converted open and naked spots into choice nooks, where was a deep and pleasant shade from which to look upon the wide prospect, steeped in sunshine, which lay stretched out beyond. The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigor of the year; all things were glad and flourishing. ~ Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

Maycomb was a tired old town, even in 1932 when I first knew it. Somehow, it was hotter then. Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three o’clock naps. And by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frosting from sweating and sweet talcum. The day was twenty-four hours long, but it seemed longer. There’s no hurry, for there’s nowhere to go and nothing to buy… and no money to buy it with. ~ Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

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

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. ~ G. K. Chesterton

For many years I enjoyed the pleasure of cruising on my yacht all summer long and these were my best holidays. In mid-May, we’d start in St Tropez. I’d collect my bikinis from my home there and then we’d go up to Cannes for the Film Festival, on to Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix and then to Italy. ~ Ivana Trump

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

I believe that summer is our time, a time for the people, and that no politician should be allowed to speak to us during the summer. They can start talking again after Labor Day. ~ Lewis Black

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

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

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, Dandelion Wine

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

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

Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults. ~ Thomas Szasz

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

In summer, the song sings itself. ~ William Carlos Williams

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. ~ Sam Keen

A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours. ~ J. B. Priestley

It was a soft, reposeful summer landscape, as lovely as a dream, and as lonesome as Sunday. ~ Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Summer has set in with its usual severity. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate. ~ Thornton Wilder

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

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth. ~ George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost. ~ Flaubert

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. ~ Ernest Hemingway

Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing “Embraceable You” in spats. ~ Woody Allen

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~ James Dent

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

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

People take pictures of the summer, just in case someone thought they had missed it, and to prove that it really existed. ~ Ray Davies

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

People stopped me on the street and said “I can’t live up to you.” Of course, they’re referring to June Cleaver. ~ Barbara Billingsley

How dreary – to be – somebody! How public – like a frog – to tell your name – the livelong June – to an admiring bog! ~ Emily Dickinson

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

There are moments, above all on June evenings, when the lakes that hold our moons are sucked into the earth, and nothing is left but wine and the touch of a hand. ~ Charles Morgan

Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures. ~ M. F. K. Fisher