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20 Quotes from books to celebrate the beginning of summer

As we go into June, we’re hitting the beginning of summer – a season of sunshine, holidays, relaxing and a fresh start. Everything always feels so much better at the beginning of summer when there are loads of things to look forward to and everyone’s in higher spirits.

To celebrate, we’re having a look at 20 quotes from books that show the essence of summer to give us all that little boost.

1. “On summer nights when the windows are open, you can listen in on people’s lives—babies crying, kids laughing, radios blaring, mothers yelling, couples fighting. Funny thing is, the sounds are always the same. Even though different people come and go, the sounds stay the same. I like that. It makes me feel a part of something big, something never ending, like the stars.”
Jackie French Koller, Nothing to Fear

2. “This summer night deep down under the stars was all the things you would ever feel or see or hear in your life, drowning you all at once.”
Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

3. “I love the arrival of a new season — each one bringing with it its own emotion: spring is full of hope; summer is freedom; autumn is a colourful release, and winter brings an enchanting peace.”
Giovanna Fletcher, Christmas With Billy and Me

4. “Perhaps it is always summer, in the place where we are young.”
Lavie Tidhar, The Violent Century

5. “Neither one of the two friends felt any great need of talking. As yet. They had time; summer lay before them, long and full of promises.”
Tove Jansson, Moominsummer Madness

6. “Today was the first day of summer, she realized, her spirits lifting like a kite. She loved milestones of any sort: birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, checks on the calendar, notches on a growth chart. Today would be special, brand new. She felt it deep inside. Summer was here with sunny days and balmy nights, the informality of barbecues and dips in the swimming pool.”
Mary Alice Monroe, The Book Club

7. “This summer, I’m going to do what Emma said, and let loose. I’ll let fate decide—one coin flip at a time.”
Jessica Pennington, When Summer Ends

8. “I will always seek to make it summer for you.”
Leigh Bardugo, Rule of Wolves

9. “When she remembered a summer it would be this one. When she remembered love it would be his.”
C.J. Carlyon, The Cherry House

10. “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, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

11. “If there was a predominant season in heaven, Jenny Flanigan believed it would be summer. The long days and warm nights felt endless no matter how rushed the rest of the year was. With summer came the sense that all of life slowed to smell the deep green grass, to watch fireflies dance on an evening breeze, or to hear the gentle lap of lake water against the sandy shore.”
Karen Kingsbury, Summer

12. “Rejoice as summer should…chase away sorrows by living.”
Melissa Marr, Darkest Mercy

13. “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

14. “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, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

15. “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

16. “These summer nights are short. Going to bed before midnight is unthinkable and talk, wine, moonlight and the warm air are often in league to defer it one, two or three hours more. It seems only a moment after falling asleep out of doors that dawn touches one gently on the shoulder, and, completely refreshed, up one gets, or creeps into the shade or indoors for another luxurious couple of hours. The afternoon is the time for real sleep: into the abyss one goes to emerge when the colours begin to revive and the world to breathe again about five o’clock, ready once more for the rigours and pleasures of late afternoon, the evening, and the night.”
Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese

17. “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

18. “Summer crushes happen all the time, right? Because you feel far away from the real world, everything seems more…possible. Every person seems more vital.”
Emery Lord, The Names They Gave Us

19. “Whatever happens in the rest of this summer, whatever happens the rest of your life, it’s important that you are happy, and stay that way.”
Kailin Gow, Loving Summer

20. “There’s this magical sense of possibility that stretches like a bridge between June and August. A sense that anything can happen.”
Aimee Friedman, Two Summers

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