During the wintry months, I’m often found with a good book in hand, watching a thought-provoking movie, or cuddled up with my loved ones. Reading is my lifelong love and treasured hobby. This year, I’ve accomplished the goal of finishing 52 books in under 52 weeks, and there’s nothing like the holiday season and start to a new year that has me thinking back on some of my all-time favorites. To help us get in the spirit of the season and bring warmth and light to the upcoming dark winter days, I’ve compiled 10 literary quotes from a few beloved writers. With a farewell to all this year has been and cheers to the upcoming adventures, I wish you all a jolly season.
10 Literary Quotes to Uplift This Winter
“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.” — J.R.R. Tolkien
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand, and for a talk beside the fire: It is the time for home.” — Edith Sitwell
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” — Lewis Carroll
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?” — John Steinbeck
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — J.K. Rowling
“Laughter is sunshine, it chases winer from the human face.” — Victor Hugo
“Laura felt a warmth inside her. It was very small, but it was strong. It was steady, like a tiny light in the dark, and it burned very low but no winds could make it flicker because it would not give up.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder
“My old grandmother always used to say, summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.” — George R.R. Martin
“It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” — Charles Dickens
“Love is a flower that grows in any soil, works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year, and blessing those who give and those who receive.” — Louisa May Alcott
The photograph we’ve paired with this post originally appeared in Dans Le Sac’s article, “Slow November: the Cocooning Month” inside the Autumn 2018 edition of Willow and Sage.
Danielle Williams is the assistant senior managing editor for Stampington & Company. She lives in Costa Mesa, California, with her husband, Casey, and opinionated cat, Holly Golightly.