9 Unforgettable Last Days of Summer Quotes for August

As August begins 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 an entire summer. If you’re feeling some of that desperation, perhaps it’s time to sit back, relax, and read these last days of summer quotes.

Looking for more quotes? I’ve collected plenty of motivational quotes to get you through every day.

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Inspirational August 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.

Here are a few quotes that cover the range of emotions we often feel during August. As usual, I’ve also included some inspirational sayings for August and quotes to boost your mood and spark some extra happiness as we enjoy this time before summer ends.


little girl standing in field of wildflowers with text overlay quote susan polis schutz dance in the sun

“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.


watering can and red boots on sidewalk during summer rain with text overlay quote sylvia plath august rain odd uneven time

“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!


night sky with text overlay quote around the tenth of august see dozens of shooting stars elizabeth enright

“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.


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“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, August 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!


woman wearing red plaid shirt glasses and knit hat writing in journal in rustic woods setting

“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. 😉


woman in jeans and white shirt holding white flowers against black background with text overlay quote jim rohn happiness

“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.


summer sunrise mist over trees and grass with text overlay quote sara baume august is summer's last stand

“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.


father holding happy daughter outdoors with text overlay quote happiness never decreases by being shared

“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.” – Buddha

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.


woman with white hat and dress sitting on dock at sunset with text overlay august is like the sunday of summer

“August is like the Sunday of summer.” – Unknown

Isn’t it, though? There are so many conflicting emotions about Sundays, and the exact same is true about the last days of summer.

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.

What’s Next?

When a quote strikes your fancy or hits a chord, take a few minutes and write about your thoughts and feelings.

Often we enjoy pretty words or statements that provoke deep thoughts, but don’t forget to take the next step.

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.

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