Winter is a cold time of the year. Leaves have probably already fallen, and snow may be falling right now. Here are quotes from writers about winter, the end of the year.
- "I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show."
- Andrew Wyeth
- "There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself."
- Ruth Stout
- "Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius."
- Pietro Aretino
- "The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter; the fleshy, in summer. I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood."
- John Burroughs
- "Winter is the time of promise because there is so little to do - or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so."
- Stanley Crawford
- "Every mile is two in winter."
- George Herbert
- "When the bold branches
Bid farewell to rainbow leaves -
Welcome wool sweaters."
- B. Cybrill
- "'Hear! hear!' screamed the jay from a neighboring tree, where I had heard a tittering for some time, 'winter has a concentrated and nutty kernel, if you know where to look for it.'"
- Henry David Thoreau
- "Every winter,
When the great sun has turned his face away,
The earth goes down into a vale of grief,
And fasts, and weeps, and shrouds herself in sables,
Leaving her wedding-garlands to decay -
Then leaps in spring to his returning kisses."
- Charles Kingsley
- "O, wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?"
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
- "Spring, summer, and fall fill us with hope; winter alone reminds us of the human condition."
- Mignon McLaughlin
- "One kind word can warm three winter months."
- Japanese Proverb
- "Antisthenes says that in a certain faraway land the cold is so intense that words freeze as soon as they are uttered, and after some time then thaw and become audible, so that words spoken in winter go unheard until the next summer."
- Plutarch, Moralia