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20 Winter Quotes to Inspire Personal Growth

Don’t let plummeting temperatures get you down, Darling; there are magic things in frigid months, too. Warm your heart and bones with these winter quotes.


Before you resign yourself to spending winter in a state of near hibernation, here is something to consider. While winter is certainly cold, it is also a season of warm, human interaction, hope and inspiration. Don’t let winter get you down, instead embrace the cold and use a few of these inspirational quotes to inspire you to spend the season growing and improving.

1. “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

2. “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
 —John Steinbeck

3. “Winter forms our character and brings out our best.”
 —Tom Allen

4. “In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”
 —William Blake

5. “The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory.” —Gary Zukav

6. “Whenever I am not traveling during the winter, I am pushing hard in the gym. Even when I am traveling, I try to fit a workout in at the hotel. And if the hotel doesn’t have a gym? You can get a good workout in your room with an exercise band and some imagination.” —Charlie Kimball

7. “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

8. “Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” —Yoko Ono

9. “Winter blues are cured every time with a potato gratin paired with a roast chicken.” —Alexandra Guarnaschelli

10. “The hard soil and four months of snow make the inhabitants of the northern temperate zone wiser and abler than his fellow who enjoys the fixed smile of the tropics.”
 —Ralph Waldo Emerson

11. “One kind word can warm three winter months.” —Japanese Proverb

12. “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

13. “It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.” —John Burroughs

14. “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more.”  —Dr. Seuss

15. “So when you’re cold From the inside out And don’t know what to do, Remember love and friendship, And warmth will come to you.” —Stephen Cosgrove, Gnome from Nome

16. “…and you drink a little too much and try a little too hard. And you go home to a cold bed and think, ‘That was fine’. And your life is a long line of fine.”  —Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

17. “No one can look at a pine tree in winter without knowing that spring will come again in due time.” —Frank Bolles

18. “Then winter arrives, and for many this marks the beginning of a long wait until the first robin appears or the quietest crocus peeks out of the softening ground. Yet winter is not without its beauty. On a sunless day, the grays merge to form a somber and peaceful landscape. Think of the silhouette of a leafless tree. Its leafy abundance may be missing, but its beauty is still intact. For me, winter often serves up a wellspring of precious childhood memories packed with hours of sledding and big mugs of marshmallow- and whipped-cream-topped hot chocolate. What can you remember? How about a few magnificent snow days spent playing outdoors?” —Leslie Levine

19. “During the winter I am content—or try to think I am—to make my head-quarters in town and to get fresh air and a broader outlook at intervals that are frequent, but still at intervals. Perhaps the walk or drive out to the frozen lake among the hills for an afternoon’s skating is the more keenly relished because of a busy week elsewhere. For all practical purposes nature is at a standstill. . . . there is a wonderful joy in leaving behind the noisy city streets and starting out along the white road that leads across the hills. With each breath of the sharp, reviving air one seems to inhale new life. A peace as evident as the sunshine on the fields takes possession of one’s inner being. The trivial cares which fretted like a swarm of mosquitoes are driven away by the first sweep of wind that comes straight from the mountains. . . . The intense silence that broods over the snow-bound land is a conscious blessing. The deep blue of the sky and the purple shadows cast by the trees and plants are a feast to the eye. The crunch of the snow-rind beneath our feet and the varied hum of the telegraph wires overhead are music to our ears.” —Frances Theodora Parsons

20. “There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance.” —William Sharp

Hopefully you have found a bit of inspiration reading through these wintry quotes.


About the Author

PCxbnhSNoGMKerry Creaswood is a blogger from Savannah, GA. She is fond of various forms of art and thinks that everything we can imagine is real. To learn more about Kerry, check her TwitterGoogle+, or read her blog.

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