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20 Poems & Quotes about Winter to Welcome a New Chapter

20 Poems & Quotes about Winter to Welcome a New Chapter

If winter isn't your favorite season, read these poems and quotes about winter. They might just change your mind about this season of renewal, this place for more space. And a change of heart like that... is a miracle.

Don’t you think that a land covered in snow is a miracle, too?

20 Poems and Quotes about Winter to Change Your Mind about the Season

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

4. “The very fact of snow is such an amazement.” — Roger Ebert

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

7. “The snow is sparkling like a million little suns.” — Lama Willa Miller

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

11. “Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.” — Andy Goldsworthy

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

15. “When snow falls, nature listens.” — Antoinette van Kleeff

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

18. “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

19. “In winter, all the singing is in the tops of the trees.” — Mary Oliver

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

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Tell me:

Which of these quotes is your favorite?

Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I'd love to know!

With love,


P.S. Keep your wonder alive. Go visit my shop for prints of handwritten poems and other words of hope and heart. If you forget what matters or how much of a gift it is to be here at all, you’ll have something to remind you.

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