As New Englanders, we know snow. Winters can be harsh, unpredictable and unforgiving. Nonetheless, most of us stop to marvel at the quiet beauty of a snow-covered forest, and the first snowfall sprinkled on our porches is still a magical sight. Here are quotes about snowfall and winter that remind us how our longest season continues to captivate generations of writers and poets:
Snow was falling,
so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
Mary Oliver, “Snowy Night”
Kindness is like snow- It beautifies everything it covers.
A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder.
Susan Orlean, Snow Day in “The New Yorker”
Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.
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.” And when they wake up in the summer, Kitty, they dress themselves all in green, and dance about–whenever the wind blows.
Lewis Carol, “Through the Looking Glass”
Silently, like thoughts that come and go, the snowflakes fall, each one a gem.
William Hamilton Gibson
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.
When snow falls, nature listens.
Antoinette van Kleeff
Snow falling soundlessly in the middle of the night will always fill my heart with sweet clarity.