Tuesday, January 27, 2009

on winter

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
-Albert Camus

Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Every winter, when the great sun has turned his face away,
the earth goes down into a vale of grief, and fasts, and weeps, and shrouds herself in sables,
leaving her wedding-garlands to decay - then leaps in spring to his returning kisses.
-Charles Kingsley

One kind word can warm three winter months.
-Japanese proverb

The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in
winter; the fleshy, in summer. I should say winter had given the bone
and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood.
-John Burroughs

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.
-Victor Hugo

Winter lies too long in country towns;
hangs on until it is stale and shabby,
old and sullen.
-Willa Cather

O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . . I crown thee king of
intimate delights, fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness, and all
the comforts that the lowly roof of undisturb'd retirement, and the
hours of long uninterrupted evening, know.
-William Cowper

Blow, blow, thou winter wind
Thou art not so unkind,
As man's ingratitude.
-William Shakespeare


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