“The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.”
- Henry Van Dyke
U.S. author, educator, clergyman

Can’t wait for spring to get here? Here are some quotes about the season to help pass the time. Can you match them with their authors, listed here?

Margaret Atwood
Canadian novelist, environmental activist

Virgil Kraft
U.S. Methodist minister

Gerard Manley Hopkins
English Jesuit priest, poet

Doug Larson
U.S. columnist, editor

Amy Leach
U.S. essayist

Aldo Leopold
U.S. author, scientist, environmentalist

Gustav Mahler
Austrian composer

L. M. Montgomery
Canadian author

Mehmet Murat ildan
Turkish playwright, novelist

Ellis Peters
British author of historical mysteries

Sitting Bull
Lakota holy man

Mark Twain
U.S. author, humorist

Robin Williams
U.S. actor

1. “In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.”

2. “Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!”

3. “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

4. “Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”

5. “One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring.”

6. “Nothing is so beautiful as spring — when weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring the ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing.”

7. “Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.”

8. “Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.”

9. “Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”

10. “That is one good thing about this world...there are always sure to be more springs.”

11. “A tree can be tempted out of its winter dormancy by a few hours of southerly sun — the readiness to believe in spring is stronger than sleep or sanity.”

12. “The most beautiful springs are those that come after the most horrible winters!”

13. “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ ”


1. Mark Twain
2. Sitting Bull
3. Margaret Atwood
4. Doug Larson
5. Aldo Leopold
6. Gerard Manley Hopkins
7. Gustav Mahler
8. Ellis Peters
9. Virgil Kraft
10. L.M. Montgomery
11. Amy Leach
12. Mehmet Murat ildan
13. Robin Williams