The winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year, as well as the official start of winter. While winter can be a challenging season—especially for those of us living in northern climes—there can be moments of beauty and majesty during those months.
Prepare yourself for winter by reading these inspiring quotes:
“While I relish our warm months, winter forms our character and brings out our best.” — Tom Allen
“Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.” — Pietro Aretino
“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” — William Blake
“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
“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.”
— Anton Chekhov
“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
“A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder.” — Susan Orlean
“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 the time for a home.”
— Edith Sitwell
“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.” — Paul Theroux
“The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory.” — Gary Zukav
Happy Winter Solstice!