Amidst our compilation of the best winter quotes, we note we’re not alone in finding genuine joy with a cup of hot cocoa, eating good food, creating snow angels, and extended sleeping hours.
According to a YouGov survey in the USA, the least favorite season is winter, yet Americans from warmer states tend to prefer it. But even if you enjoy the milder temperature or some of you might experience winter sadness, there are still many reasons to love the shortest season, complete with darker nights and chillier temperatures.
Yes, the freezing temperature has many downsides, but it's part of nature's design! Whether it's preparation, rest, gratitude, being present or generosity, let's absorb the best of this season.
Read through our curated winter quotes below that perfectly encapsulate the colder months.
For more quotes related to the winter months, you might also like our compilation of the best mountain quotes and some icy ones too.
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During winter, we can see nature changing - leaves fall to the ground, and animals prepare to hibernate or migrate. And as the night gets longer, our body follows a new circadian clock2. Going against it for an extended period could lead to sleep deprivation1, lower performance, and contribute to other health issues.
But the winter holiday rush keeps us occupied, whether it's activities for work or pleasure. So despite those struggles, we should allow ourselves to slow down because rest is a gift. And nature helps provide a reason or two to slow down through the winter season.
As you listen to nature's call to pause, you can read the best winter quotes we have prepared for you.
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 home.
~ Edith Sitwell
Physics dictates that energy will always dissipate from the hotter object to the cooler one. That's why keeping our body's normal temperature is challenging during winter. So we seek comfort from the warmth brought by winter clothes, hot cocoa, a fireplace, and many more.
Internally, our bodies also have defense mechanisms against the cold. One is shivering, wherein our skeletal muscles' repeatedly tensing and relaxing movements generate heat.
Grab your favorite hot drink as you read the next set of winter quotes that will warm you up.
Related: Humans aren’t the only ones that need to keep warm during winter. You might like to read up on where bees go in the winter, and we also answer that burning question, do squirrels hibernate?
Elsewhere, if getting out in the fresh winter air, make sure you grab some sustainable outdoor clothing.
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
Regardless of the season's parties and vacations, the significantly less sunlight during the winter season naturally reduces serotonin levels in our body3, hence, the term winter blues. In addition, according to the National Institutes of Health, it is not to be confused with the more severe type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder which is recurrent.
Seasons change, and so do our emotions. So after reading the following winter quotes, discover ways to beat the temporary sadness this cold weather brings and maintain a positive attitude.
Winter officially starts on the Winter Solstice, wherein the Sun reaches its lowest height in the sky around the twenty-first of December, give or take a day or two.
However, meteorologists set it on the first of December to keep the records consistent. According to the climate records of the NOAA National Climatic Data Center, the average winter temperature in the USA, excluding Hawaii and Alaska, is above 33.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
Let's read the winter quotes below to see how people react to the freezing weather. For more from the holiday season, our December quotes explore the end of the year's celebrations.
Blow, blow, thou winter wind, thou art not so unkind as man's ingratitude.
~ William Shakespeare
What makes winter magical is the snow that makes the earth look almost otherworldly for a few months of the year. As the snow falls and the sunlight hits the ice crystals, it reflects the light back and forth, creating the sparkle we all admire.
Winter may not be as colorful as the other seasons, but its snow also possesses variety. Dependent on various environmental factors, snow takes many forms. Scientists from National Snow and Ice Data Center classified the types of snow crystals, snowfall, snow cover, and snow formations in detail.
After reading this section of winter quotes, check out more of the science behind snow.
It's safe to assume that the winter holiday we are all looking forward to is Christmas. But in this section, we want to highlight another winter event - the Winter Olympics.
Since winter only occurs in temperate climates, Winter Olympics have a smaller scale than the Summer Olympics; both transpire every four years. Originally named Winter Sports Week, participants celebrated the first winter games in France in 1924.
Scan the next set of winter quotes as you prepare for the holidays during the cold weather.
Related: As you prepare for the holiday season, your thoughts might turn to Christmas giving. For a more sustainable Christmas season, check out our guide to a zero-waste Christmas, and we’ve loads of zero-waste gift ideas too.
The problem with winter sports is that - follow me closely here - they generally take place in winter.
~ Dave Barry
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
~ Anne Bradstreet
Winter is not only fun and games because the brutally cold temperature inflicts health issues like the flu virus, asthma attacks, pneumonia, and many more. Fortunately, our warm homes protect us from the harsh elements of winter, but what of the homeless people?
According to Father Joe's Village, 700 people in the United States experiencing homelessness could die of hypothermia each year.
You may like to consider how you can volunteer to warm the homeless so they too can appreciate winter like the authors and poets of the winter quotes below.
Anne came dancing home in the purple winter twilight across the snowy places.
~ L. M. Montgomery
What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?
~ John Steinbeck
Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless.
~ Terri Guillemets
No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.
~ Hal Borland
When I was young, I loved summer and hated winter. When I got older I loved winter and hated summer. Now that I'm even older, and wiser, I hate both summer and winter.
~ Jarod Kintz
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
What do you want to show on your social media accounts this winter? If you are from Bethel, Maine, you will share on the internet the world's tallest snowman and snowwoman with heights of 10 and 11 stories, respectively. Aside from the 12 million pounds of snow, the residents of Bethel used skis, tires, and trees and made gigantic versions of hats and scarves.
Make your social media posts winter-worthy with the following short winter captions.
To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring.
~ W.J. Vogel
The fire is winter's fruit.
~ Arabian Proverb
Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.
~ Elizabeth Bowen
Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.
~ Victor Hugo
Nothing burns like the cold.
~ George R.R. Martin
One kind word can warm three winter months
~ Japanese Proverb
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