Eternal Summer In The Grateful Heart

Eternal Summer In The Grateful Heart

Following up our previous blog posts of quotes about Beyond Death and Love and Death, we now encounter Summer (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere)– the bright, luminous, and exuberant counterpoint to the quiet rest and drawing inward of the Winter season, and of death.

Summer often brings to mind family celebrations, physical sensations (the waves lapping at your toes, the scents of blooming honeysuckle, a sudden, enlivening rainstorm), and a brightness which is mirrored — beyond the darkened door — in the eternal summer of the afterlife. We hope you embrace this season and recognize its vibrancy and joy as but a whisper of what awaits in the eternal summers of the rest of your existence.

Photo by Raimond Klavins
Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. — Jenny Han
Summertime is always the best of what might be. — Charles Bowden
Photo by Aleksandr Eremin
There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. — Celia Thaxter
Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. —  Henry James
It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime! — Kenny Chesney
Photo by Léon McGregor
And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. — F. Scott Fitgerald
The summer night is like a perfection of thought. — Wallace Stevens
Photo by Richard de Ruijter
In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explode, and every sunset is different. — John Steinbeck
All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world. — L.M. Montgomery
Photo by Nádia A. Maia

Special thanks to Natalie Seale for collecting many of these wonderful quotes.