As summer nears its end each year and we hurtle toward another autumn, at times we feel desperate to do all.the.things so we don’t feel like we’ve wasted the entire season. If you’re feeling some of that desperation, perhaps it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy these last days of summer quotes.
Looking for more quotes? I’ve collected plenty of seasonal and motivational quotes to get you through every day.
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Last Days of Summer Quotes
Quotes about the end of summer often have a bittersweet quality to them. Saying goodbye to summer stirs up emotions ranging from the joys of childhood memories to nostalgic remembrance of more recent summers and the excitement of our hopes and plans for the seasons to come.
And maybe, if we’ve endured a particularly scorching summer and we’ve used all the inspiration we can get from quotes about summer heat, we’re not all that sad to see the hot season of summer begin to fade.
Which of these late summer quotes will become your new favorite?
“There is a time in the last few days of summer when the ripeness of autumn fills the air, and time is quiet and mellow.”
— Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me, Ultima
“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”
— Susan Polis Schutz
Don’t let a day of the month go by without doing something enjoyable. Get outside if you can.
Recapture some of those happy childhood memories. If you don’t remember your own summers as fun, take the opportunity now to do the things you always wish you had so you can enjoy the last days of summer.
If you have children of your own, build new happy memories with them.
Go out for ice cream. Run through a sprinkler. Dance in the sun. Feel those summer vibes!
“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”
— William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
“Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance.”
— Morgan Freeman
How often do you take the time to be still? Our lives have become so busy that we rarely indulge in stillness.
Yet, the end of summer is the perfect time to do exactly that. Step back from the rush of preparing for the next season. Take time each day to sit and be still. If you can get outside and sit in nature, even better!
“Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.”
— Hal Borland
“Write about winter in the summer.”
— Annie Dillard
As an author, this made me smile. During the heat of a scorching August, it’s almost a relief to think and write about the cold, snowy days of winter.
Yes, the opposite is also true. 😉
“But lurking behind every summer was a fall just waiting to happen.”
— Aaron Dries, The Fallen Boys
“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”
— Jim Rohn
This is so true. Do you ever find yourself thinking ‘I wish summer would end and autumn would just GET HERE.’ Or you tell yourself that after X and Y happen, then you will have time to do something that makes you happy.
Don’t do that to yourself. Don’t wish for time to disappear, and don’t base your happiness on passing certain milestones.
Instead, create happiness every day. Trust me, come December or 20 years from now, you’ll be glad you took every opportunity to be happy.
“It was one of the warm nights at the end of summer that makes promises that won’t be kept.”
— Cinda Williams Chima, The Wizard Heir
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
While this is true of any season, it’s a wonderful reminder. Let’s be inspired to strive to bring happiness to others, and to not be afraid to share in the happiness they offer to us.
Accepting happiness is just as important as offering it ourselves.
“Summer is leaving silently. Much like a traveler approaching the end of an amazing journey.”
— Darnell Lamont Walker
End of August Quotes
Here are a few goodbye August quotes that cover the range of emotions we often feel during August as the final days of summer become reality.
I’ve also included some inspirational August summer quotes to boost your mood and spark some extra happiness as we enjoy this time before summer ends.
“If June was the beginning of a hopeful summer, and July the juice middle, August was suddenly feeling like the bitter end.”
— Sarah Dessen
“Did you know that a bee dies after he stings you? And that there’s a star called Aldebaran? And that around the tenth of August, any year, you can look up in the sky at night and see dozens and dozens of shooting stars?”
— Elizabeth Enright, Then There Were Five
Doesn’t this make you want to stay up late to watch for shooting stars?
Even if it’s not the tenth of August, I highly recommend getting away to a place where you can really SEE the stars at night.
And while you could do this at any time of the year, there’s just something special about being outside on a late summer night and contemplating the questions of the universe.
Summer nights really are special! You may enjoy my collection of summer nights quotes to celebrate the beauty of summer evenings.
“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”
— Sylvia Plath
On the other end of the spectrum, there are days like this — the quiet days of reflection.
Here’s a thought: enjoy the quiet, but then put on those rainboots and play in the rain.
You can dance in the rain just as easily as you can dance in the sun.
And you know what? It feels just as good!
“August is that last flicker of fun and heat before everything fades and dies. The final moments of fun before the freeze. In the winter, everything changes.”
— Rasmenia Massoud, You Don’t See Any of This
“This morning, the sun endures past dawn. I realise that it is August: the summer’s last stand.”
— Sara Baume, A Line Made by Walking
There is something about August that feels bittersweet. Each sunrise comes a little later. Some nights are cooler.
You realize this time of the year is ending, and you wish for just a little more time to savor the days of early morning light and the evenings of lingering dusk.
“August is like the Sunday of summer.”
Isn’t it, though? There are so many conflicting emotions about Sundays, and the exact same is true about the last summer days as August ends.
You think about all the things you wish you had accomplished.
You try to fit in just a few more of those things before ‘real life’ begins again.
You bemoan the end of the lazy time, yet you relish the idea of getting back into a regular routine. Here are some September quotes to help you make the transition.
More Inspiration for Your Summer
If you’re REALLY not ready to let go of summer, pick up a few summer candles to keep you going until next year.
Often we enjoy pretty words or statements that provoke deep thoughts. It’s still important to take the next steps and put those thoughts into action as we work toward living an intentional life.
If one of these summer ending quotes strikes your fancy or hits a chord within you, take a few minutes and write about your thoughts and feelings. This post about reflective journaling may help.
While you’re writing and your brain is working well, it’s the perfect time for a quick brain dump to make a list of what you can DO with your newfound feelings and inspiration.
And then, actually DO THOSE THINGS. Build your best life… and help others to build theirs.
You’ve got this!
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