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75 Best Winter Solstice Quotes, Blessings and Sayings

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Winter solstice is a special time of the year and the shortest day of the year always arrives sooner than you expect! It is a time to reflect on our achievements from the past year and prepare ourselves for a new beginning. Here we’ve gathered all the best winter solstice quotes, winter solstice blessings and winter solstice sayings.

As the winter solstice approaches, let this selection of the best winter solstice quotes help you celebrate this amazing time of year.

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Winter Solstice Quotes

Take a look at some of our favorite winter solstice quotes in this section.

“At the darkest time of year, Lord Yule laid down his beard of snow and cloak of frost and ice to illuminate the gloom.” ― Stewart Stafford

“The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon.” ― Gary Zukav

“The Winter Solstice is the time of ending and beginning, a powerful time – a time to contemplate your immortality.” ― Frederick Lenz

“This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath.” ― Margaret Atwood.

“As it somehow always manages before the winter solstice, but never after, the early darkness was cheerful and promising, even for those who had nothing.” ― Mark Helprin

“At the Winter Solstice, the wind is cold, trees are bare, and all lies in stillness beneath blankets of snow.” — Gary Zukav

Hiker in the snow with winter solstice quotes by Zukav

“This is the night when you can trust that any direction you go, you will be walking toward the dawn.” —Jan Richardson

“At this season of the year, darkness is a more insistent thing than cold. The days are short as any dream.” ― E.B. White

“Before anyone starts in on how we have not had a winter, let me just say, ‘No one asked you’.” — Jerrie Whiteley

“The problem with winter sports is that-follow me closely here-they generally take place in winter.” — Dave Barry

“The pale, cold light of the winter sunset did not beautify – it was like the light of truth itself.” — Willa Cather

“How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year!” — Thomas Wentworth Higginson

“It was a black and white day of frost, which crawled along the dark trees and outlined twig and branch.” — Robert S. Hichens

“It’s so hard to think in winter. The world seems confined in the space of your heart; you can’t see beyond yourself.” — Patricia A. McKillip

“But only a person in the depths of despair neglected to look beyond winter to the spring that inevitably followed, bringing back color and life and hope.” — Mary Balogh

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.” — J.R.R. Tolkien

“In winter we behold the charms of solemn majesty and naked grandeur.” — James Ellis

Frosty tree with short winter solstice quotes by James Ellis

“Ice is most welcome in a cold drink on a hot day. But in the heart of winter, you want a warm hot mug with your favorite soothing brew to keep the chill away.” — Vera Nazarian

“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“These northern-tier countries are populated by a bunch of generally happy people who not only tolerate winter but have come up with strategies for embracing it.” — Stefanie Pettit

“When I was young, I loved summer and hated winter. When I got older I loved winter and hated summer. Now that I’m even older, and wiser, I hate both summer and winter.” — Jarod Kintz

“It is December, and nobody asked if I was ready.” ― Sarah Kay

“Will you love me in December as you do in May?” ― Jack Kerouac

“Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold.” ― Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

“This looks like a December day, it looks like we’ve come to the end of the way.” ― Willie Nelson

“Chill December brings the sleet, Blazing fire, and Christmas treat.” – Sara Coleridge

Woman walking in forest in the snow with a short December quotes on top

“Who is not a love seeker when December comes? Even children pray to Santa Claus.” ― Rod McKuen

“December, being the last month of the year, cannot help but make us think of what is to come.” ― Fennel Hudson

Check out our list of December Quotes.

Winter Solstice Blessings

You can find some of our favorite winter solstice blessings here.

“May the dawn of the Winter Solstice chase the dark away.”

“May the Winter Solstice bring to you the promise of endless brand new days.”

“May the light of the Winter Solstice always shine on you.“

“May all your sorrows vanish, and all your dreams come true this Winter Solstice.”

Snowy trees with winter solstice blessings

“This Winter Solstice stop and celebrate your personal progress then take the time to set your next goal.”

“May you find peace in the promise of the solstice night, that each day forward is blessed with more light. That the cycle of nature, unbroken and true, brings faith to your soul and wellbeing to you. Rejoice in the darkness, in the silence find rest, and may the days that follow be abundantly blessed.”

“May you burn candles and log fires and a little bit of food to remind you that things can be good without being perfect.”

“May you take in the early darkness without grief. May the long nights make the light sweeter.”

“Blessed are you when you do not fear the winter. Blessed are you still if you do.”

“Blessed be the bare trees, the hoarfrost, the clouds of our breath in the air. Blessed be the blue skies when they come. Blessed be the sun, and the stars. Blessed be the winter. Blessed be the world. May peace reign.”

Winter Solstice Sayings

Here are some of the best winter solstice sayings that we don’t know who said first. You might also like our lists of Winter Captions and Funny Winter Captions.

  • “Every mile is two in winter.”
  • “Hello winter. Please Be Awesome!”
  • “Keep Calm And Welcome Winter!”
  • “Winter is nature’s way of saying, ‘Up yours’.”
  • “Dear winter, stop being so romantic, I’m single here.”
  • “Apologizing in advance for the things I say this winter.”
  • “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…somewhere else!”
  • “When it snows you have two choices. Shovel or snow angels.”
  • “When there’s snow on the ground I like to pretend walking on clouds.”
  • “Winter is like fall except you need five pairs of leggings instead of one.”
  • “I think the perfect gift to give anyone in the winter is a heated toilet seat.”
  • “I can’t get out of bed on days when the temperature is less than my age.”
  • “Solstice is the reason for the season, so it is our duty to pay respect to them.”
  • “With the turning of the wheel of time, let us keep our patience and rejoice in the winter solstice.”
Snowy hills with winter solstice sayings
  • “If there are ice cream trucks in the summer then why aren’t there Starbucks trucks in the winter?”
  • “Dear winter, I’m breaking up with you. I think it’s time I start seeing other seasons. Summer is hotter than you.”
  • “We should celebrate the soul of Christmas as it is the time for the celebration, rebirth, and new possibilities of winter solstice.”
  • “If you need me, I’ll be inside until April.”
  • “Never take a job where winter winds can blow up your pants.”
  • “I’m staying in shape this winter by wearing enough layers to be constantly sweating.”

Quotes on Winter Solstice and Pagan Holidays

Check out these quotes on winter solstice, Christmas and pagan holidays we have collected for you.

“The night of December 25, to which date the Nativity of Christ was ultimately assigned, was exactly that of the birth of the Persian savior Mithra, who, as an incarnation of eternal light, was born the night of the winter solstice (then dated December 25) at midnight, the instant of the turn of the year from increasing darkness to light.” — Joseph Campbell

“The Christians stole the winter solstice from the pagans, and capitalism stole it from the Christians.” — George Monbiot

“Now, near the Winter Solstice, it is good to light candles. All the nice meanings of bringing light to the world can be beautiful.” — Ralph Levy

“The days have been growing shorter, imperceptibly but inescapably darker…. Heading into the night of the winter solstice, every spiritual tradition has some kind of festival of light. We’re all just whistling in the dark, hoping against hope that someone up there will see these little Hanukkah candles and get the hint.” — Lawrence Kushner

“I celebrate the spirit of Christmas. It’s the winter solstice celebration, rebirth and new possibilities.” — Ian Astbury

Winter lake with quotes on winter solstice by Astbury

“Ancient sun worshippers believed the sun died at the end of the winter solstice and then three days later it would be reborn at the start of its cycle – December 25.” — David Icke

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, and caroling out in the snow.” ― Andy Williams

“We feel cold, but we don’t mind it, because we will not come to harm. And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn’t feel other things, like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the aurora, or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It’s worth being cold for that.” ― Philip Pullman

“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’.” ― Lewis Carroll

And if you like Christmas quotes, sayings, wishes and captions, you can also check out our lists of Funny Christmas QuotesCute Christmas QuotesChristmas Family QuotesChristmas Tree QuotesChristmas Quotes for FriendsChristmas SayingsChristmas WishesChristmas GreetingsFunny Christmas CaptionsCute Christmas Captions, and Christmas Tree Captions.

Winter Quotes

Find your favorite winter quotes below.

“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.” — Andrew Wyeth

“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.” — John Boswell

“I love the scents of winter! For me, it’s all about the feeling you get when you smell pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread and spruce.” — Taylor Swift

“There was a silver lining tucked into last weekend’s blizzard.” – Liz Krieger

Snowy trees and mountains with inspirational short quotes about winter by Liz Kreiger

“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.” — John Burroughs

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” — Anne Bradstreet

“I got all my boyhood in vanilla winter waves around the kitchen stove.” — Jack Kerouac

“That’s what winter is: an exercise in remembering how to still yourself then how to come pliantly back to life again.” — Ali Smith

Check out our list of Short Winter Quotes and Funny Winter Quotes for more. You might also like our lists of Funny Snow Quotes, Snow Day Quotes and Snowflake Quotes.

“Winter is nature‘s sleep.” — H.S. Jacobs

“Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.” — Sinclair Lewis

“The winter is a slow time, but it’s not lifeless.” — Beth Botts

“Winter came in days that were gray and still.” — Mildred D. Taylor

“Winter is not a season, it’s a celebration.” — Anamika Mishra

“Nothing burns like the cold.” – George R.R. Martin

Snowy trees with cute short quotes for winter by George R.R. Martin

“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.” — Paul Theroux

“Melancholy were the sounds on a winter’s night.” — Virginia Woolf

“To keep a warm heart in winter is the real victory.” — Marty Rubin

“By March, the worst of the winter would be over.” — Neil Gaiman

“Winter forms our character and brings out our best.” — Tom Allen

“To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring. ” — W.J. Vogel

“One kind word can warm three winter months.” — Japanese Proverb

Frosty leaves with short winter quotes that is a Japanese Proverb

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.” — Anne Bradstreet

“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” — Victor Hugo

“It is growing cold. Winter is putting footsteps in the meadow.” — Roman Payne

“We feel cold, but we don’t mind it, because we will not come to harm.” — Philip Pullman

“Winter changes into stone the water of heaven and the heart of man.” — Victor Hugo

“I pray this winter be gentle and kind–a season of rest from the wheel of the mind.” — John Geddes

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

“Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.” ― Victor Hugo

“You can’t get too much winter in the winter.” ― Robert Frost

Frosty trees with funny winter quotes by Robert Frost

“Summer is for surrendering; winter is for wondering.” — Debasish Mridha

“Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories.” ― Deborah Kerr

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” ― Anton Chekhov

“Imagine if fire extinguishers were full of snow. Imagine the fun we could have.” ― Neil Hilborn

“While I relish our warm months, winter forms our character and brings out our best.” ― Tom Allen

“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ― Albert Camus

“A man says a lot of things in summer he doesn’t mean in winter.” – Patricia Briggs

Snowy hills and dark sky with funny winter quotes for Instagram by Patricia Briggs

“Sometimes I would like to be a child again, and other times a woman made of snow.” ― Deirdre Sullivan

“Blow, blow, thou winter wind Thou art not so unkind, As man’s ingratitude.” ― William Shakespeare

“Winter is the time of promise because there is so little to do – or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so.” ― Stanley Crawford

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” — Aristotle

“White lips, pale face, breathing in snowflakes.” — Ed Sheeran

“Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers.” —Kahlil Gibran

“The first snow is like the first love.” — Lara Biyuts

Snow at sunrise with snow love quotes from Lara Biyuts

“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.” — Sara Raasch

“I smell snow.” — Gilmore Girls

“Do you want to build a snowman?” — Anna, Frozen

“Today I’m icy, but I’m prayin’ for some more snow.” — Nicki Minaj, “Feeling Myself”

“Kindness is like snow, it beautifies everything it covers.” — Kahlil Gibran

“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.” — Sara Raasch

“Thank goodness for the first snow.” – Candace Bushnell

Snowy trees with happy snow day quotes by Candace Bushnell

“Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.” —Sammy Cahn

“Well, I know now. I know a little more how much a simple thing like a snowfall can mean to a person.” —Sylvia Plath

“The first snow is like the first love.” —Lara Biyuts

“With luck, it might even snow for us.” — Haruki Murakami

“Sunshine cannot bleach the snow, Nor time unmake what poets know.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What should we speak of when we are old as you? when we shall hear the rain and wind beat dark December? How in this our pinching cave, shall we discourse the freezing hours away?” ― William Shakespeare

So that’s our list! Hopefully, we’ve helped you find the perfect quote about winter solstice you were looking for.

You might also like our list of Summer Solstice Quotes.

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Laynni Locke

Laynni Locke

Laynni has been sharing her travel adventures and day-to-day life on Routinely Nomadic social media for over 15 years and appreciates the importance of finding the perfect quote or caption to showcase those experiences. Putting her extensive writing and education background to good use, Laynni has become passionate about researching and curating comprehensive lists of all the best quotes and captions for every occasion.

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