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32 Cozy Quotes About Winter to Help You Embrace the Season

The ultimate antidote to the winter blues.

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On blankets of snow:


“Snowing is an attempt of God to make the dirty world look clean.” —Mehmet Murat Ildan, author. Get a look at some stunning photos of national parks covered in snow.

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On fresh snow:


“There’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you’re special.” —Carol Rifka Brunt, author. Nothing’s more magical than the first snow. Check out these winter solstice facts you never knew.

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On nature’s gentleness:

“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, author. For some more winter quotes, plus words of wisdom about its fellow seasons, read these other beautiful quotes about nature.

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On home:

“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

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On perseverance:

“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, artist and activist. Here are some helpful tips from the coldest places in America for getting through (and even enjoying) the winter.

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On regrowth:

“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer. These winter quotes remind you what a peaceful time winter is, just like these inspiring peace quotes.

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On resilience:

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.” —J.R.R. Tolkien, author

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On enchantment:

“The first fall of snow is not only an event but it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up to find yourself in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment, where is it to be found?” —J. B. Priestly, novelist. Get a look at some charming towns that are even cozier when it snows.

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On early spring:

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” —Charles Dickens, author. If you’re finding these winter quotes a bit on the chilly side, these quotes about sunshine are sure to warm you up.

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On the lessons of the season:

“How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year!” —Thomas Wentworth Higginson, minister

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On mind over matter:

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” —Albert Camus, philosopher. After reading these winter quotes, read on for some surprising facts you never knew about winter and snow.

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On being a mild winter:

“I pray this winter be gentle and kind—a season of rest from the wheel of the mind. ” —John Geddes, journalist

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On life long friends:

“My old grandmother always used to say, summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.” George R.R. Martin, novelist

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On starting small:

“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.” Sara Raasch, author. These winter quotes will make you want to escape to one of these destinations for people that love winter.

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On appreciating the cold:

“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, early English poet

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On the warmth of shelter:

“Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside; candles at four o’clock, warm hearthrugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies to the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without.” Thomas De Quincey, English essayist

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On snow globes:

“Snow flurries began to fall and they swirled around people’s legs like house cats. It was magical, this snow globe world.” Sarah Addison Allen, author

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On celebrating:

“Winter is not a season, it’s a celebration.” —Anamika Mishra, author

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On hibernation:

“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. These are the best winter destinations in every state.

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On the crisp air:

“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, naturalist and nature essayist

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On happiness:

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” —Anton Chekhov, playwright

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On appreciation:

“Because the birdsong might be pretty, But it’s not for you they sing, And if you think my winter is too cold, You don’t deserve my spring.” Erin Hanson. Check out these vintage photos of what winter used to look like.

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On the first snow:

“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, author

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On becoming wise:

“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, poet

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On recognition:

“I have come to regard November as the older, harder man’s October. I appreciate the early darkness and cooler temperatures. It puts my mind in a different place than October. It is a month for a quieter, slightly more subdued celebration of summer’s death as winter tightens its grip.” —Henry Rollins, singer/songwriter 

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On moving ahead:

“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.” —Paul Theroux, novelist. If these winter quotes are making you too cold, book a trip to these warm winter getaways.

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On snow falling:

“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, poet

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On winter sweetness:

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. ” —John Steinbeck, author. Take a look at these gorgeous natural ice skating rinks around the world.

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On frozen:

“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.” J.K. Rowling, author

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On winter life:

“A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.” George R.R. Martin

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On bringing out the best:

“Winter forms our character and brings out our best.” —Tom Allen, coach. If you’re reading these cozy winter quotes on a snowy day, try out these snow day activities for the whole family.