In the northeast we've had some weird back and forth weather in March that included a 60 degree day followed closely by a massive snowstorm. So it wouldn't be exaggerating to say that most of us have been absolutely desperate for the change in season. And today it's officially time. Happy First Day of Spring! The transition from the dark, chilly winter to the bright spring sunshine is definitely the most hard-fought of all the season changes, and just seeing that mark on the calendar can make a huge difference to your mental and physical state.
We all know that spring is literally a rebirth... the trees and flowers start growing, the birds fly back home, everything returns to a state of lush greens and vibrant colors, but it can also be a personal revitalization for many. Seasonal Affective Disorder is real so don't be surprised if the promise of longer days, sunshine and warmth start the itch to create more, do more, and reflect more than you've been able to since September. We've picked out a few of our favorite quotes about the season to put a little spring in your step and help you start to shed those layers and step into something a little brighter.
1“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”
-Ernest Hemingway, A Movable Feast
2“It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
― Mark Twain, "Tom Sawyer, Detective"
3“That is one good thing about this world...there are always sure to be more springs.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
4“After that hard winter, one could not get enough of the nimble air. Every morning I wakened with a fresh consciousness that winter was over. There were none of the signs of spring for which I used to watch in Virginia, no budding woods or blooming gardens. There was only—spring itself; the throb of it, the light restlessness, the vital essence of it everywhere: in the sky, in the swift clouds, in the pale sunshine, and in the warm, high wind—rising suddenly, sinking suddenly, impulsive and playful like a big puppy that pawed you and then lay down to be petted. If I had been tossed down blindfold on that red prairie, I should have known that it was spring.”
― Willa Cather, My Ántonia
5“Spring drew on...and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
6“She could feel magic in the quiet spring day, like a sorcerer’s far-off voice, and lines of poetry floated over her mind as if they were strands of spider-web.”
― Stella Gibbons, Nightingale Wood
7"Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment."
8"The first real day of spring is like the first time a boy holds your hand. A flood of skin-tingling warmth consumes you, and everything shines with a fresh, colorful glow, making you forget that anything as cold and harsh as winter ever existed."
-Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, & A Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year
9"If people did not love one another, I really don't see what use there would be in having any spring."
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
10"Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?". . . "It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine . . ."
-Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
11"The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also."
-Harriet Ann Jacobs, Incidents In The Life of a Slave Girl