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40 Summer Quotes to Get You Excited for Beach Weather

Get ready to soak up that sun with these summer quotes.

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Summer quotes for those lazy hazy crazy days

Ah, summer. Warm evenings, lazy mornings, lazy afternoons, lazy evenings, lazy weekends… wait, what were we talking about? Oh yes: Barbecues, vacations, ice cream, swimming, and road-tripping. Summer is many people’s favorite season of the year, and these summer quotes show they have good reason to think so. Whether you’re relaxing with a great beach read, or shopping for one of the best bathing suits, summer is a time when everything loosens up a little bit. People smile more. There’s a sense of possibility in the air. It’s enough to make you start posting inspirational quotes! For a lot of us, summer is a transitional time. It starts when we’re young and summer is the time between school grades, then between high school and college, then between college years, and the season retains that sense of sweet, stolen time and nostalgia for the rest of our lives. It’s the time for life quotes, when long-dreamed-of plans come to fruition, when love is found or tested, and when we realize how important it truly is to faithfully apply sunscreen every few hours, no matter how much melanin you’ve been blessed with. Let these summer quotes wash over you like a beachy breeze, and you’ll be feeling summery in no time.

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Life’s a beach

“To escape and sit quietly on the beach—that’s my idea of paradise.”—Emilia Wickstead, fashion designer. Nothing says summer quote like a deep need to go to the beach!

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Summertime is here

“I live for summer.”—Sandra Boynton, cartoonist

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Summer is a state of mind

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.”—Henry David Thoreau, writer

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Vacation goals

“I typically enjoy a beautiful beach destination, as I find the water and sand to be the most replenishing.”—Elizabeth Berkley, actor

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Downright heavenly

“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”—Al Bernstein, sportscaster. June is a great subject for a summer quote, but it’s also the month of Father’s Day!

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Less is more

“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.”—Anne Morrow Lindbergh, writer and aviator

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Overrated? Nope

“Long walks on the beach are the supposed holy grail of a romantic evening. The beach becomes a kind of utopia—the place where all our dreams come true.”—Roxane Gay, writer

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A sea of contradictions

“There was a magic about the sea. People were drawn to it. People wanted to love by it, swim in it, play in it, look at it. It was a living thing that was as unpredictable as a great stage actor: it could be calm and welcoming, opening its arms to embrace its audience one moment, but then could explode with its stormy tempers, flinging people around, wanting them out, attacking coastlines, breaking down islands.”—Cecelia Ahern, writer

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Shore thing

“My sense of direction leads me one way: to the beach.”—Anonymous. We can’t really relate to this summer quote: Our sense of direction is mostly governed by food.

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Music to my ears

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”—Henry James, writer

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No shoes, no problem

“If you’re not barefoot, then you’re overdressed.”—Anonymous

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High praise

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”—William Shakespeare, writer

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A feast for the senses

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”—Maud Hart Lovelace, writer. As this summer quote so beautifully says, summer is one of the prettiest times of the year.

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Bookworms love summer

“One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”—Jeanette Walls, writer

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An exception

“There’s no place like home. Except for the beach.”—Anonymous

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Call me old-fashioned

“I like summer. I like warmer weather and long days. I’m one of those silly people who still enjoy lying in the sun—my children are horrified!”—Danielle Steel, writer

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Summer hugs

“I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket.”—Kellie Elmore, writer. You know what else wraps around you like a warm blanket (apart from summer quotes?) Happiness!

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Words to live by

“Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer

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That beautiful season

“Then followed that beautiful season…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, poet

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Lazy summer days

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”—Sam Keen, writer

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New favorite verb

“Have you summered properly?”—the Beachcomber restaurant, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. For a lot of people, summering properly isn’t just a great summer quote: It means celebrating Pride Month in June!

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The magic months

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.”—Jenny Han, writer

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Rebirth on Earth

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald, writer

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How sweet it is

“The dandelions and buttercups gild all the lawn; the drowsy bee stumbles among the clover tops, and summer sweetens all to me.”—J. R. Lowell, poet

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Song of summer

“Summertime. It was a song. It was a season. I wondered if that season would ever live inside of me.”—Benjamin Alire Sáenz, poet. Summer quotes are all very well, but what about summer horoscopes?

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Here, please

“Warm summer sun, shine kindly here.”—Mark Twain, writer

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Taking it easy

“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, politician

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Wanderlust

“It’s summer and time for wandering…”—Kelli Elmore, writer

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Nothing but potential

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” —Charles Bowden, writer. This summer quote reminds us of love. Summer wedding season is nearly here!

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Midsommar

“A life without love is like a year without summer.” —Swedish proverb

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Never in a hundred summers

“I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this.”—Susan Branch, writer

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Summer was our best season

“Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cot, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape.”—Harper Lee, writer

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More words to live by

“When all else fails, take a vacation.”—Betty Williams, peace activist. Can we get a T-shirt of this summer quote, please? Parents know what this quote is about!

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Turning the page

“Every summer has its own story, but mine is a novel.”—Anonymous

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It goes by so fast

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”—William Shakespeare, writer

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Music in the air

“In summer, the song sings itself.”—William Carlos Williams, poet

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Nothing better

“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.”—Wallace Stevens, poet. This summer quote makes us wish we had summer nights all year. Do you know when the first day of summer is?

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The grateful heart

“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.”—Celia Thaxter, writer

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All in balance

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

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If only

“If it could only be like this always—always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe.”—Evelyn Waugh, writer. You can get the feeling of this summer quote by thinking about your next vacation. Get inspired!

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Meghan Jones
Meghan Jones is a Staff Writer for RD.com who has been writing since before she could write. She graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and has been writing for Reader's Digest since 2017. In spring 2017, her creative nonfiction piece "Anticipation" was published in Angles literary magazine.