When it gets to be the end of summer, the most fitting quote seems to be the classic from Dr. Seuss, "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." Except, I just want to cry — I want to cry a lot. Luckily, there are a few other end-of-summer quotes that can help soften the blow and ease us into autumn.
Admittedly, the end of summer is much easier to handle once you are no longer in school. Remember back when summer break seemed like this endless expanse of time when you could just do whatever you wanted? That was amazing — until summer break surprised you by actually ending.
Even though I no longer need to dread the conclusion of a long, relaxing break, the end of summer has always been and always will be tough. The only thing that could ever really make me feel better is, well, more summer. Unfortunately, when that's not a possibility, we all need to find some other methods of making it through the difficult transition.
I've rounded up some end-of-summer quotes to help us all cope with the fact that summer is indeed coming to an end. I recommend reading them in a lounge chair with a giant margarita in hand — because you might as well make the most of the summer you have left.
1. "People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy." — Anton Chekhov
2. "Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January." — Hal Borland
3. "What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness? — John Steinbeck
4. "One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter." — Henry David Thoreau
5. "Summer ends, and autumn comes, and he who would have thought it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night." — Hal Borland
6. "For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy." — Aristotle
7. "There is something deep within us that sobs at endings. Why, God, does everything have to end? Why does all nature grow old? Why do spring and summer have to go?" — Joe Wheeler
8. "We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost." — Henry Rollins
9. "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
10. "There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!" — Percy Bysshe Shelley
11. "No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face." — John Donne
12. "If you're going through hell, keep going." — Winston Churchill
Because, if the end of summer isn't your own personal version of hell, I don't know what is.