“Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon and after their three o’clock naps. And by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frosting from sweating and sweet talcum. The day was twenty-four hours long, but it seemed longer.”
— Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
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Need some inspiration? Here are 7 more literary quotes describing summer:
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
"The beauty of that June day was almost staggering. After the wet spring, everything that could turn green had outdone itself in greenness and everything that could even dream of blooming or blossoming was in bloom and blossom. The sunlight was a benediction. The breezes were so caressingly soft and intimate on the skin as to be embarrassing."
―Dan Simmons, Drood
“Walking the streets of Charleston in the late afternoons of August was like walking through gauze or inhaling damaged silk.”
— Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline
“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer.”
—Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty
"Summers had a logic all their own and they always brought something out in me. Summer was supposed to be about freedom and youth and no school and possibilities and adventure and exploration. Summer was a book of hope. That's why I loved and hated summers. Because they made me want to believe.”
—Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
“Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”