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  • Spring never comes abruptly; it makes promises in a longer twilight or a day of warmer sunshine, and then takes them back in a dark week of storm. It gives presages—a thaw, a swelling of maple buds, a greening of grass, a flash of bird wing; then snow falls and winter returns. Again and again spring is here and not here. But fall comes in one day, and stays.

  • Spring is the season of hope, and autumn is that of memory.

  • She dares — the young Spring — to dance on that ancient grave, / To dance with delicate feet / On the world's despair and defeat, / On the Winter that covers all / With an ashen pall.

  • The months between the cherries and the peaches / Are brimming cornucopias which spill / Fruits red and purple ...

  • ... it is a pleasure to a real lover of Nature to give winter all the glory he can, for summer will make its own way, and speak its own praises.

    • Dorothy Wordsworth,
    • 1802, in William Knight, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, vol. 1 ()
  • ... an autumn day on the desert contains every season. ... Before dawn it was bitter winter, with the stars sparkling in the black desert sky. At six there was a short spring. The mountains were rosy and suddden thunderstorms moving down from Snow Peak dampened the sand and set loose the scents of all the countless flowers that had blossomed and perished there. By noon it was blazing summer. ... Sundown would bring the day and the season into some congruity. Dusk brought not only nightfall, but the year's fall as well, a real autumn of an hour's duration.

  • Merely having seen the season change in a country gave one the sense of having been there for a long time.

  • Spring is strictly sentimental, self-regarding; but I burn more careless in the autumn bonfire.

  • ... autumn arrives in the early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.

  • These behaviors of the year hurt almost like music, shifting when it eases us most.

    • Emily Dickinson,
    • 1871, in Mabel Loomis Todd, ed., Letters of Emily Dickinson, vol. 2 ()
  • Winter is cold-hearted, / Spring is yea and nay, / Autumn is a weathercock / Blown every way: / Summer days for me / When every leaf is on its tree ...

  • The seasons run with swift feet.

  • Every season of life has its compensations ...

  • Autumn to winter, winter into spring, / Spring into summer, summer into fall — / So rolls the changing year, and so we change; / Motion so swift, we know not that we move ...

  • To stay in one place and watch the seasons come and go is tantamount to constant travel: one is traveling with the earth.

  • The wild geese were passing over ... They marked the beginning and the end of the period of growth.

  • I have stalked / all four seasons / and seen how they beat / the same path / through the same woods / again and again.

  • On this earth one season is usually spent in looking for signs of the next ...