Ode to Summer

Posted on in Features by Rob Sidon

A Pictorial

two pairs of human feet

Summertime is chock-full of memories, hopefully good ones—some from youth, others recent. Perhaps traveling or camping, or just lazily hanging out with friends, getting into mischief and learning about romance during the hot season when daylight runs ’til ten o’clock. Reading, watching baseball, skipping stones, discovering new music, not doing homework. Yay for Summer! We’ve assembled a simple variety of quotes and images for your appreciation. May they help pause time before September rolls around.

Sweet, sweet burn of sun
and summer wind, and
you my friend, my new fun
thing, my summer fling.

—K. D. Lang

child and big toy

’Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about.

—John Mayer


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, The Great Gatsby

picture with name Simply the Best

Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.

—Jenny Han

smiling faces

I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this.

—Susan Branch


Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.

—Kellie Elmore


Summertime and the livin’ is easy.

—George Gershwin


If you’re not barefoot,
then you’re overdressed.


little girl by the fountain

“Deep summer is when
laziness finds respectability.”

—Sam Keen

little boy in a manger
feet near the water

I can see you,
Your brown skin shining in the sun
You got that hair slicked back,
And those Wayfarers on, baby
And I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

—Don Henley

man and woman near the car

A man says a lot of things in summer he doesn’t
mean in winter.

—Patricia Briggs

man and woman

Guys out huntin’ and girls doin’ likewise
Honkin’ at the honey in front of you with the light eyes
She turn around to see what you beepin’ at
It’s like the summer’s a natural aphrodisiac.

—DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

man and woman

Sun is shining. Weather is
sweet. Make you wanna
move your dancing feet.

—Bob Marley


In summer, the song sings itself.

–William Carlos Williams


Summer afternoon—summer
afternoon; to me those have always
been the two most beautiful words in
the English language.

—Henry James

reading woman

One benefit of summer was that each
day we had more light to read by.

—Jeanette Walls

teenagers near the water

August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the
new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.

—Sylvia Plath

sand and water

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