June is well underway and with it the countdown to summer is officially on. We are so ready to trade our rain gear for sun hats and pack for a picnic in the park.

To celebrate the changing seasons, we’ve gathered up some of our favourite summery quotes – all sure to inspire you to get creative and embrace the warmer weather. Whether you choose to use these quotes as journalling prompts, inspiration for your sketchbook or simply as nice things to read, we hope they will put you in a sunny mood!

In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different.

– John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.

– L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island

In the summertime, when the weather is hot, you can stretch right up and touch the sky.

Mungo Jerry, In the Summertime
Pictured here: Anemone canvas bag

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, The Use of Life

Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.

– Laura Ingalls Wilder, A Family Collection

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

– H.C. Andersen, The Butterfly
Pictured here: Viola, Pear Garden, Flemish Rose and Oceania hardcover journals

Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.

– Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

Summer night –
even the Stars
are whispering to each other.

– Kobayashi Issa

What quote, song lyric, book or poem always gets you in the summer spirit?


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