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 (1807–82) American Poet, Educator, Academic
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
—Anne Bradstreet (1612–72) English Poet
The beauteous eyes of the spring’s fair night With comfort are downward gazing.
—Heinrich Heine (1797–1856) German Poet, Writer
Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”
—Robin Williams (b.1951) American Actor, Comedian
Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men.
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.
—Yoko Ono (b.1933) Japanese Artist, Musician, Campaigner