Ah, summertime—when the sun shines into long days of barbecues and bathing suits, ice cream and pool floats. In the words of Sam Keen, it's when “when laziness finds respectability.” Speaking of, we've rounded up 47 summer quotes to capture what's so magical about summertime.
So as you spend long days by the water, hopefully with a favorite beach read in hand, let these quotes translate those hot summer vibes into words perfect for your summertime Instagram captions with all the beach pics are you snapping, or just for fun. The more you eat up that corn on the cob, enjoy all the fresh berries and melons you can find, and search for the perfect swimming hole (here's inspiration for those and more summer fun activities!), the more their effervescence will resonate too. All the quotes are short and easy to jot down too. Looking for more specific summer quotes? Check out these sunshine quotes and patriotic quotes that will take you from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July to Labor Day (and beyond if you live in the South!).
Time to cue up that beachside DJ soundtrack and enjoy those rays of sunshine in this endless summer!
The Summer I Turned Pretty
"Summer's the same. We're the ones who are changing."
"When all else fails, take a vacation."
"Summer means happy times and good sunshine."
"I wanna soak up the sun."
"It's like a beach blanket and a bottle of wine, it feels something like summertime."
"In the summertime, when the weather is hot, you can stretch right up and touch the sky."
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
“I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and lowering skies.”
“Sweet, sweet burn of sun and summer wind, and you, my friend, my new fun thing, my summer fling.”
Anna Godbersen, Bright Young Things
“It is easy to forget now, how effervescent and free we all felt that summer.”
Yukio Mishima, Runaway Horses: The Sea of Fertility, 2
“Again and again, the cicada’s untiring cry pierced the sultry summer air like a needle at work on thick cotton cloth.”
Junot Diaz, This Is How You Lose Her
“I felt like summer had taken me over.”
Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty
“Everything good, everything magical, happens between the months of June and August.”
“But tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun.”
Seals & Crofts
"Summer breeze makes me feel fine."
William Carlos Williams
"In summer, the song sings itself."
"Your voice was the soundtrack of my summer."
Maud Hart Lovelace
"It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside."
Benjamin Alire Saenz
"Summertime. It was a song. It was a season. I wondered if that season would ever live inside me."
"If it could only be like this always—always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe."
C. Day Lewis
"Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon."
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