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40 Cozy Winter Quotes to Help You Embrace the Season

Looking for words that express your sentiment for the cold? These winter quotes perfectly capture the frost-laced beauty of the season.

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The bare trees, the longer nights, that elevated chill in the air—these are just some of the signs that winter is approaching. Admittedly, winter has a less-than-favorable reputation with those not thrilled with the promise of snowy days and chilly nights. Winter’s not all that bad, though. Especially if you embrace it, like the Norwegian concept of koselig preaches. If you look closely, you’ll see it’s filled with unique beauty and wonders, like flurries flying on the first day of winter, a fresh layer of powder falling on rolling hills and frost-covered branches blowing in the wind. It’s hard to fully grasp winter’s essence in just a few words, but the winter quotes below help do the trick.

These uplifting quotes about winter will make you feel warm and fuzzy about the coldest season. Some are wonderful winter-themed nature quotes, while others sum up the opportunities winter brings us. Scroll through these wise words and enjoy! Then, read up on interesting winter solstice traditions and what the winter solstice means for your zodiac.

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“What fire could ever equal the sunshine of a winter’s day?” —Henry David Thoreau

While we’re on the topic of seasonal sayings, bookmark these fall quotes that all autumn lovers will enjoy.

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“Snowing is an attempt of God to make the dirty world look clean.” —Mehmet Murat Ildan

Get a look at some stunning photos of national parks covered in snow.

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“There’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you’re special.” —Carol Rifka Brunt

Grab your snow boots and walk on that snow!

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“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, Shutterstock

“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

Winter has its perks, but admit it—summer’s pretty great too. Get a dose of the sunshine by reading through these summer quotes.

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“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

Speaking of perseverance—browse through these courage quotes that inspire you to face all your challenges.

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“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” —William Blake

Thinking of traveling during the colder months? Consider visiting one of America’s prettiest winter towns.

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“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

These winter quotes remind you what a peaceful time winter is, just like these inspiring peace quotes.

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“I like the cold weather. It means you get work done.” —Noam Chomsky

Don’t forget to check out the best winter destinations in every state

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“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

A wonderfully calm quote about winter.

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“The first fall of snow is not only an event but it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up to find yourself in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment, where is it to be found?” —J.B. Priestly

Get a look at some charming towns that are even cozier when it snows.

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“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” —Charles Dickens

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“How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year!” —Thomas Wentworth Higginson

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“You can’t get too much winter in the winter.” —Robert Frost

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“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” —Albert Camus

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“I pray this winter be gentle and kind—a season of rest from the wheel of the mind.” —John Geddes

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“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

This doubles as a great friendship quote

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“Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality.” —Andy Goldsworthy

So much truth in this quote!

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“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.” Sara Raasch

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“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

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“Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside; candles at four o’clock, warm hearthrugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies to the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without.” Thomas De Quincey

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“Only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.” —Ruth Stout

Sometimes, we just need time to reconnect with ourselves. If you’re in that boat, read through these self-love quotes that are good for the mind, body and soul.

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“Snow flurries began to fall and they swirled around people’s legs like house cats. It was magical, this snow globe world.” Sarah Addison Allen

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“Winter is not a season, it’s a celebration.” —Anamika Mishra

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“Winter kept us warm, covering Earth in forgetful snow.” —T.S. Eliot

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“No animal, according to the rules of animal-etiquette, is ever expected to do anything strenuous, or heroic, or even moderately active during the off-season of winter.” Kenneth Grahame

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“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.” —John Burroughs

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“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” —Anton Chekhov

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“Because the birdsong might be pretty, But it’s not for you they sing, And if you think my winter is too cold, You don’t deserve my spring.” Erin Hanson

Check out these vintage photos of what winter used to look like.

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“Grace grows best in winter.” —Samuel Rutherford

Don’t forget to browse through these spring quotes that are equally beautiful and inspiring.

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“Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder—no 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

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“The hard soil and four months of snow make the inhabitants of the northern temperate zone wiser and abler than his fellow who enjoys the fixed smile of the tropics. ” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“I have come to regard November as the older, harder man’s October. I appreciate the early darkness and cooler temperatures. It puts my mind in a different place than October. It is a month for a quieter, slightly more subdued celebration of summer’s death as winter tightens its grip.” —Henry Rollins

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“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.” —Paul Theroux

If these winter quotes are making you too cold, book a trip to one of these warm winter getaways.

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“Snow was falling, so much like stars filling the dark trees that one could easily imagine its reason for being was nothing more than prettiness.” Mary Oliver

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“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. ” —John Steinbeck

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“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.” J.K. Rowling

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“A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.” George R.R. Martin

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“Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.” —Pietro Aretino

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“Winter forms our character and brings out our best.” —Tom Allen

Next, check out these hilarious winter jokes that will warm your heart with laughter.

Additional reporting by Kelly Kuehn.