~ Proverb from Guinea
The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.
The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.
~ Henry Van Dyke
I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become,
I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can
resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from
participating in nature’s rebirth?
- Edward Giobbi
To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating;
to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the
stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these
are some of the rewards of the simple life.
~ John Burroughs
Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.
~ Doug Larson
I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose
I would always greet it in a garden.
~ Ruth Stout
If Spring came but once in a century, instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake, and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change! But now the silent succession suggests nothing but necessity. To most men only the cessation of the miracle would be miraculous and the perpetual exercise of God’s power seems less wonderful than its withdrawal would be. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Sitting quietly, doing nothing,
Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.
~The Gospel According To Zen
In the scenery of spring,
nothing is better, nothing worse;
The flowering branches are
of themselves, some short, some long.
Happiness? The color of it must be spring green, impossible to describe until I see a just-hatched lizard sunning on a stone. That color, the
glowing green lizard skin, repeats in every new leaf. … The
regenerative power of nature explodes in every weed, stalk, branch.
Working in the mild sun, I feel the green fuse of my body, too. Surges
of energy, kaleidoscopic sunlight through the leaves, the soft breeze
that makes me want to say the word “zephyr” – this mindless
simplicity can be called happiness.
~ Frances, Mayes
Only in dreams of spring
Shall I ever see again
The flowering of my cherry trees.
~ Frances Hodgson Burnett
The country habit has me by the heart,
For he’s bewitched forever who has seen,
Not with his eyes but with his vision, Spring
Flow down the woods and stipple leaves with sun.
~ Vita Sackville-West
Autumn arrives in the early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.
~ Elizabeth Bowen
Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men. ~ Chinese Proverb
Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses,
a box where sweets compacted lie. ~ George Herbert
Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn. ~ Lewis Grizzard
April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go. ~Christopher Morley
It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens
Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. ~Margaret Atwood
The naked earth is warm with Spring,
And with green grass and bursting trees
Leans to the sun’s kiss glorying,
And quivers in the sunny breeze.
The first day of spring was once the time for taking the young virgins into the fields, there in dalliance to set an example in fertility for nature to follow. Now we just set the clocks an hour ahead and change the oil in the crankcase. ~E.B. White