In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. - Albert Camus
April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.
T.S. Eliot - The Waste Land
I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.- Edna St. Vincent Millay
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.
Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring. - Truman Capote , Breakfast at Tiffany's
Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.- Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
No one can look at a pine tree in winter without knowing that spring will come again in due time - Frank Bolles
For him in vain the envious seasons roll. Who bears eternal summer in his soul. - Oliver Wendell Holmes
There was an Indian Chief who had four sons and he wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.
The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer and the youngest son in the autumn.
A year later, when they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.
The first son said that the pear tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.
The second son said no, the pear tree was covered with green buds and full of promise.
The third son disagreed; he said the pear tree was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.
The last son disagreed with all of them; he said the pear tree was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.
The Indian Chief then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree's life.
He then told them that they cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy and Love that come from life can only be measured in the end, when all the seasons are up.
If you give up when it's winter, you will no doubt miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer and the fulfillment of your autumn.
In those vernal seasons of the year, when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out and see her riches and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth. - John Milton
Those who don't pick roses in summer won't pick them in winter either - German Proverb
In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. - William Blake
No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn. - Hal Borland