Words at Play

Our Favorite Quotations About Winter

'Tis the season

Winters can be long and dreary, with a sun that sets too quickly and never seems to provide enough light, warmth, or Vitamin D. But winter is also a time for togetherness, and for looking ahead to what the next year might bring.

In the hopes of keeping your spirits bright, here are some of our favorite wintry words of wit and wisdom.

"The end of the long summer was near at hand. Winter is coming."

  • A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin

"In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,

Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;

Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,

In the bleak midwinter, long ago."

  • "In the bleak midwinter," Christina Rossetti

"Surely everybody is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a winter fireside: candles at four o'clock, warm hearthrugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies on the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without. . . . "

  • Confessions of an English Opium-eater, Thomas de Quincey

"Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans. No more merciful beheadings. And call off Christmas!"

  • Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, written by Pen Densham and John Watson; spoken by Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham
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"At Christmas I no more desire a rose

Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled mirth;

But like of each thing that in season grows."

  • Love's Labour's Lost, William Shakespeare

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"It must be what I believe is known as a gift book. That is to say, a book which you wouldn't take on any other terms."

  • Dorothy Parker, writing in the Saturday Review of Literature

"When snow accumulates week after week, month after month, it works curious miracles."

  • "The Winter of the Great Snows," E. B. White

"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape—the loneliness of it—the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it—the whole story doesn't show."

  • Andrew Wyeth, from an interview in LIFE magazine

"When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

  • Groundhog Day, written by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, spoken by Bill Murray as Phil

"O Wind,

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?"

  • "Ode to the West Wind," Percy Bysshe Shelley
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