Winter has been my least favorite season for most of my life. Why can’t that change, too? We don’t need to stay stuck in any of our thoughts, and simply understanding that we can change is healing in itself. In honor of new chapters, whatever they look like, here are some feel-good poems and quotes about winter to stock up on this season.
Don’t you think that a land covered in snow is a miracle, too?
Winter is the season of renewal, so I’m actually going to take an extra moment away for some sorely-needed self-care: I will not be posting an affirmation for Christmas Day (Monday) but you can still receive the love on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. I’m never that far away.
Okay, since I’m feeling the love for winter for the first time in a long, long time, I dedicate these quotes about winter to the human capacity for a change of heart.
When true change happens inside, the outside follows suit. I’ve yet to find a flaw in that notion.
Just acknowledging winter as the season of renewal feels better than complaining about the cold weather. We can complain because the roads are hard to travel and the temperature is not right for comfort, or we can rejoice because we’re alive to experience the shifting seasons at all.
This year, it feels a little less like a burden and more like Mother Nature takes the winter to dream, and I appreciate dreams that bring us to new places.
If you learn to respect the process of all things, you learn how to enjoy the process a whole lot more.
Here’s to silence, snow, and a little magic outside your window (and in your heart).
20 Poems and Quotes about Winter, a Chance for New Life
1. “The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment, where is it to be found?” — J. B. Priestley
2. “Thank goodness for the first snow. It was a reminder—now matter how old you became and how much you’d seen—things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.” — Candace Bushnell
3. “The snowflakes fall from the soft gray skies And cover the earth with a mantle fair; Each tiny flake is a star-shaped pearl From the mystical sea-like depths of air.” — E. Stone“The very fact of snow is such an amazement.” — Roger Ebert Click To Tweet
5. “There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance.” — William Sharp
6. “So with the stretch of the white road before me, Shining snowcrystals rainbowed by the sun, Fields that are white, stained with long, cool, blue shadows, Strong with the strength of my horse as we run. Joy in the touch of the wind and the sunlight! Joy! With the vigorous earth I am one.” — Amy Lowell, A Winter Ride“The snow is sparkling like a million little suns.” — Lama Willa Miller Click To Tweet
8. “There’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else walked on. It makes you believe you’re special.” — Carol Rifka Brunt
9. “The snow had begun in the gloaming And busily all the night Had been heaping field and highway With a silence deep and white. Every pine and fir and hemlock Wore ermine too dear for an earl And the poorest twig on the elm tree Was ridge inch-deep with pearl.” — James Russell Lowell, The First Snowfall
10. “A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder.” — Susan Orlean“Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.” — Andy Goldsworthy Click To Tweet
12. “Despite all I have seen and experienced, I still get the same simple thrill out of glimpsing a tiny patch of snow in a high mountain gully and feel the same urge to climb toward it.” — Edmund Hillary
13. “Out of the bosom of the air, Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken, Over the woodlands brown and bare, Over the harvest-fields forsaken, Silent, and soft and slow Descends the snow.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Snow-flakes
14. “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“When snow falls, nature listens.” — Antoinette van Kleeff Click To Tweet
16. “Snow falling soundlessly in the middle of the night will always fill my heart with sweet clarity.” — Novala Takemoto
17. “The stars are frosty against the sky, And the wind’s whistle is shrill, As the snow blows against the house And drifts against the hill. Yet, I like to see during the winter A white carpet on the ground, To plod aimlessly in the deep snow, Where deer tracks abound. I like to feel the stillness Of a crisp winter’s night, Watching a full moon rise over the horizon, Exposing a winter wonderland beautiful and bright.” — Joseph T. Renaldi, Winter Wonderland“In winter, all the singing is in the tops of the trees.” — Mary Oliver Click To Tweet
19. “Silently, like thoughts that come and go, The snowflakes fall, each one a gem. The whitened air conceals all earthly trace, And leaves to memory the space to fill.” — William Hamilton Gibson, Pastoral Days
20. “Winter uses all the blues there are. One shade of blue for water, one for ice. Another blue for shadows over snow. The clear or cloudy sky uses blue twice—Both different blues. And hills row after row Are colored blue according to how far. You know the bluejay’s double-blur device Shows best when there are no green leaves to show. And Sirius is a winterbluegreen star.” — Robert Francis, Blue Winter
Even if winter isn’t your favorite season of all, I have faith that you can share ONE thing you love about this time of year. Try it!
Please share what you love about the season, your favorite quotes about winter, and any inspiring stories of change or rest with me in the comments.
Share the miracle of a change of heart with someone you appreciate; send them these quotes about winter so you can appreciate nature’s love for something new, together.
Keep your curiosity. Keep renewing your wonder. That might be one of the secrets to living.