Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thoughts of Summertime

"The serene philosophy of the pink rose is steadying.  Its fragrant, delicate petals open fully and are ready to fall, without regret or disillusion, after only a day in the sun.  It is so every summer.  One can almost hear their pink, fragrant murmur as they settle down upon the grass: 'Summer, summer, it will always be summer.'"~Rachel Peden  

 "I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer.  My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music.  It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips."~Violette

 "If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance."~Bern Williams

"He stood beside a cottage lone And listened to a lute, One summer's eve, when the breeze was gone, And the nightingale was mute."~Thomas K. Hervey

 "Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it." ~Russel Baker "Oh, the summer night Has a smile of light And she sits on a sapphire throne."~Barry Cornwall  

To meet it -- nameless as it is --Without celestial Mail --Audacious as without a Knock
To walk within the Veil."~Emily Dickinson, The Last of Summer is Delight

 "That beautiful season the 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

 "There is no season such delight can bring,As summer, autumn, winter and the spring."~William Browne

 "A summer's sun is worth the having."~French Proverb

 "Dirty hands, iced tea, garden fragrances thick in the air and a blanket of color before me, who could ask for more?"~Bev Adams

"No price is set on the lavish summer; June may be had by the poorest comer."~James Russell Lowell

"Press close, bare-bosomed Night! Press close, magnetic, nourishing Night!
Night of south winds!  Night of the large, few stars! Still, nodding Night!  Mad, naked, Summer Night!"~
Walt Whitman 

"Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most
beautiful words in the English language."~
Henry James

 "What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade."~Gertrude Jekyll

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

 "Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time." ~John Lubbock

 "So fades a summer cloud away;
So sinks the gale when storms are o'er;
So gently shuts the eye of day;
So dies a wave along the shore."~Mrs. Barbauld

 "It amazes me that most people spend more time planning next summer's vacation than they do planning the rest of their lives."~Patricia Fripp

 "Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains..."~Diane Ackerman 

 "Summer makes a silence after spring." ~Vita Sackville

 "Hot July morning scent of crushed mangrove leaves thickens the air"~OldSchoolBill

"Inebriate of Air am I and Debauchee of Dew Reeling through endless summer days From inns of Molten Blue."~Emily Dickinson

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