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15 Quotes For Beating the Winter Blues

“Now is the winter of our discontent,” William Shakespeare wrote at the opening of his play Richard III. Indeed, in the depths of the winter season, we can sometimes feel powerless against the short, dark days and their unending cold. Such sluggishness is certainly supported by the rhythms of nature — winter being the time when many animals hibernate. But there are still plenty of ways we can bolster ourselves during the coldest months of the year.

For one, following the lead of some Scandinavian countries, we can start to appreciate what winter offers us: starkly beautiful landscapes, cozy time indoors with loved ones, and a slower pace. Second, we can remember that even when we feel our worst, winter’s hold will always loosen: After the winter solstice in late December, daylight hours begin to lengthen again in a steady march toward spring. The following quotes offer a reframe on winter — its advantages, its natural transience, and how we might bear the bitter days better while they linger.

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, poet

We feel cold, but we don't mind it, because we will not come to harm. And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn't feel other things, like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the aurora, or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It's worth being cold for that.
― Philip Pullman, writer

No animal, according to the rules of animal-etiquette, is ever expected to do anything strenuous, or heroic, or even moderately active during the off-season of winter.
— Kenneth Grahame, writer

That’s what winter is: an exercise in remembering how to still yourself then how to come pliantly back to life again.
― Ali Smith, writer

Summer is the time for squabbles. In winter, we must protect one another, keep each other warm, share our strengths.
― George R.R. Martin

Ah, world, what lessons you prepare for us, / even in the leafless winter, / even in the ashy city. / I am thinking now / of grief, and of getting past it.
— Mary Oliver

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
— Victor Hugo

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, poet

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
— Albert Camus

If you spent the summer singing, you can't do better than spend the winter dancing.
— Aesop

I still believe in summer days / The seasons always change / And life will find a way
— Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson

Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.
— Paul Theroux, writer

Thank goodness for the first snow. It was a reminder — no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.
— Candace Bushnell

I like the cold weather. It means you get work done.
— Noam Chomsky

Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.
— Pietro Aretino, playwright

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Paola Bennet
Paola Bennet is a writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She writes a fortnightly newsletter that treasures the mundane, called Small Histories. Find her on Instagram @paolafbennet.
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