Under this window in stormy weather I marry this man and woman together; Let none but Him who rules the thunder Put this man and woman asunder.
—Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) Irish Satirist
It is best to read the weather forecast before praying for rain.
—Mark Twain (1835–1910) American Humorist
What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.
—Jane Austen (1775–1817) English Novelist
Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy—your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.
—Annie Leibovitz (b.1949) American Photographer
What men call gallantry, and gods adultery, is much more common where the climate’s sultry.
—Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron) (1788–1824) English Romantic Poet
the spring, the summer,
The chilling autumn, angry winter, change
Their wonted liveries; and the mazed world
By their increase, now knows not which is which.
—William Shakespeare (1564–1616) British Playwright
The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–82) American Poet, Educator, Academic
I’ve never been one to bet on the weather.
—J. Paul Getty (1892–1976) American Business Person, Art Collector, Philanthropist
Know how weather, especially humidity, can affect the movement of doors and windows
—Marilyn vos Savant (b.1946) American Columnist, Author, Lecture, Playwright
During the next thirty years the pole-ward migration of populations continued. A few fortified cities defied the rising water-levels and the encroaching jungles, building elaborate sea-walls around their perimeters, but one by one these were breached. Only within the former Arctic and Antarctic Circles was life tolerable. The oblique incidence of the sun’s rays provided a shield against the more powerful radiation. Cities on higher ground in mountainous areas nearer the Equator had been abandoned, despite their cooler temperatures, because of the diminished atmospheric protection.
—J. G. Ballard (1930–2009) English Novelist, Short Story Writer
Every man has a rainy corner of his life whence comes foul weather which follows him.
—Jean Paul (1763–1825) German Novelist, Humorist
The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.
—Joseph Wood Krutch (1893–1970) American Writer, Critic, Naturalist
The weather is here, wish you were beautiful.
—Jimmy Buffett (b.1946) American Musician, Author
The weather and my mood have little connection. I have my foggy and my fine days within me; my prosperity or misfortune has little to do with the matter.
—Blaise Pascal (1623–62) French Mathematician, Physicist, Theologian
My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
—William Wordsworth (1770–1850) English Poet
A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.
—Carl Reiner (1922–2020) American Actor, Comedian, Film Director
The East Wind, an interloper in the dominions of Westerly Weather, is an impassive-faced tyrant with a sharp poniard held behind his back for a treacherous stab.
—Joseph Conrad (1857–1924) Polish-born British Novelist
All we need is a meteorologist who has once been soaked to the skin without ill effect. No one can write knowingly of the weather who walks bent over on wet days.
—E. B. White (1985–99) American Essayist, Humorist
Weather forecast for tonight: dark.
—George Carlin (1937–2008) American Stand-up Comedian
It is one of the secrets of Nature in its mood of mockery that fine weather lays heavier weight on the mind and hearts of the depressed and the inwardly tormented than does a really bad day with dark rain sniveling continuously and sympathetically from a dirty sky
—Muriel Spark (1918–2006) Scottish Novelist, Short-story Writer, Poet
Under my head till morning; but the rain is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh upon the glass and listen for reply….
—Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950) American Poet, Playwright, Feminist
One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.
—John Steinbeck (1902–68) American Novelist, Short Story Writer, Journalist
A cloudy day, or a little sunshine, have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most real blessings or misfortunes.
—Joseph Addison (1672–1719) English Essayist, Poet, Playwright, Politician
There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind.
—Annie Dillard (b.1945) Essayist, Novelist, Poet, Naturalist, Mystic
The only way I’d worry about the weather is if it snows on our side of the field and not theirs.
—Tommy Lasorda (1927–2021) American Baseball Player, Coach
Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
—Mark Twain (1835–1910) American Humorist
Typhoons are a sort of violent whirlwinds. Before these whirlwinds come on… there appears a heavy cloud to the northeast which is very black near the horizon, but toward the upper part is a dull reddish color. The tempest came with great violence, but after a while, the winds ceased all at once and a calm succeeded. This lasted… an hour, more or less, then the gales were turned around, blowing with great fury from the southwest.
—William Dampier (1652–1715) English Explorer, Adventurer
Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
—Langston Hughes (1902–67) American Poet, Fiction Writer, Dramatist
The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches.
—e. e. cummings (1894–1962) American Poet, Writer, Painter
A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.
—Rachel Carson (1907–64) American Naturalist, Science Writer