Winter is the most honest of seasons. It can be beautiful and brutal in equal measures. If you accept it for what it is, it becomes your friend, your lover even. But if you insist that it playact, be anything other than what it is, you will be bitterly, brutally thwarted. Because, amid all its icy beauty, Winter never fails to tell the truth.
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“My old grandmother always used to say, ‘Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.’”
~George R.R. Martin
“No animal, according to the rules of animal etiquette, is ever expected to do anything strenuous, or heroic, or even moderately active during the off-season of winter.” ~Kenneth Grahame
“I think of you. Sometimes. In the way that one might think of the summer sunshine on a winter night.”
I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”
In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.” ~Albert Camus
“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.’”
“He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ So that those he has made may know his work, he makes them cease from their labor. The beasts enter their lairs and settle in their dens, the tempest comes out of its chamber, and the cold, driving winds. Whether to punish or to water the earth, he accomplishes all in His loving devotion.” ~Job 37:6-13