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A Midsummer Night's Quotation...

June 29 2012


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(First off, my apologies to William Shakespeare for mangling his words for my title. He'll be better represented later!)

Well folks, today is our last Big Read blog post before we take our summer hiatus. (Don't worry, we'll be back in September.) As you may have guessed, these long, lazy days full of sunshine and rich abundance, are a popular topic in literature. Below, I've collected some literary quotations on the subject---maybe one will serve as inspiration for your own summer writing!

"To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie -
True Poems flee."
―Emily Dickinson

"Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."
―Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer---one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going---one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.”
―L.M. Montgomery

"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date. "
―William Shakespeare

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
―Henry James

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

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

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."
―Sam Keen

"Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January."
―Hal Borland

“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

"Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”
Pablo Neruda

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