Spring Quotes

No matter what’s happening in the Middle East – the Arab Spring, et cetera, the economic challenges, high rates of unemployment – the emotional, critical issue is always the Israeli-Palestinian one.

— Abdullah II of Jordan

The so-called Arab Spring has proved that the fall of a Mubarak-like presidency does not mean the immediate rise of democracy. In spite of this, I am confident that Egypt will not return to an authoritarian governing system again, and that, with some time, it will achieve its democratic goals.

— Ahmed Zewail

Spring has many American faces. There are cities where it will come and go in a day and counties where it hangs around and never quite gets there. Summer is drawn blinds in Louisiana, long winds in Wyoming, shade of elms and maples in New England.

— Archibald MacLeish

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

— Abraham Lincoln

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

— Aldo Leopold

For many, graduation marks the end of formal student life – the end of long spring breaks and of thinking that a 10 A.M. class is far too early.

— Alexa Von Tobel

A little learning is a dangerous thing Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.

— Alexander Pope

I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.

— Anne Lamott

I am going to notice the lights of the earth, the sun and the moon and the stars, the lights of our candles as we march, the lights with which spring teases us, the light that is already present.

— Anne Lamott

For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

We expect to keep our writing sessions going until late spring, then to play some new material in a few secret club dates. The record will likely take a long time and may not surface until 1999!

— Adrian Belew

It has been well said that tea is suggestive of a thousand wants, from which spring the decencies and luxuries of civilization.

— Agnes Repplier

I’m showing some of my sculptures in Holland in the spring, so we’ll see.

— Alan Vega

Spring, when the earth tilts closer to the sun, runs a strict timetable of flowers.

— Alice Oswald

It’s hard for a shortstop to play with a guy you don’t know in the middle of the season. If you know a guy early in spring training, you’re working with them.

— Asdrubal Cabrera

The U.S. is friends with dictatorial regimes, then invades places like Iraq and Afghanistan, and what happens afterwards is a catastrophe. In the place of their leaders, fundamentalist movements that use the name of Islam spring up, and all that’s left is terror and bloodshed.

— Ayman Odeh

The Polish freedom movement of 1968 lost its confrontation with police violence the Prague Spring was crushed by the armies of five Warsaw Pact members. But in both countries, 1968 gave birth to a new political consciousness.

— Adam Michnik

For those of us imprisoned in Poland, the Prague Spring was a harbinger of hope.

— Adam Michnik

Spring Break is very strange. I grew up in France, so I don’t know Spring Break. That doesn’t exist in Europe.

— Alexandre Aja

I went to Rosemary Beach, Florida, for the first time in the spring of 2012.

— Abbi Glines

Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.

— Al Bernstein

I would like to stress this point undoubtedly: France sees the Arab Spring as auspicious. The Arab Spring holds out tremendous hope – hope for democracy and the rule of law, hope for peace and stability, hope for better future in which every person can pursue goals commensurate with his or her needs, talents and ambitions.

— Alain Juppe

It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.

— B. C. Forbes

My activism did not spring from my being gay, or, for that matter, from my being black. Rather, it is rooted fundamentally in my Quaker upbringing and the values that were instilled in me by my grandparents who reared me.

— Bayard Rustin

Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.

— Bertrand Russell

I once joked in a book that there are three things you can’t do in life. You can’t beat the phone company, you can’t make a waiter see you until he is ready to see you, and you can’t go home again. Since the spring of 1995, I have been quietly, even gamely, reassessing point number three.

— Bill Bryson

As sure as the spring will follow the winter, prosperity and economic growth will follow recession.

— Bo Bennett

Mars is much closer to the characteristics of Earth. It has a fall, winter, summer and spring. North Pole, South Pole, mountains and lots of ice. No one is going to live on Venus no one is going to live on Jupiter.

— Buzz Aldrin

The true harbinger of spring is not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of the bat on the ball.

— Bill Veeck

It’s so cliche to say florals for spring. I really like a vintage-like dress that’s floral. You can belt it I like belts. I like wearing pretty dresses that are really comfortable, that you can spend the day in but also feel girly.

— Brittany Snow

Sugaring season is the season when you tap the trees for sugar that turns into maple syrup. I’ve married someone from Vermont, so it’s an expression I kept hearing, and I’m like, ‘What is that? That’s just so beautiful.’ I like the idea it’s the very, very first murmurings of spring.

— Beth Orton

For some reason in Spring Training, everything just clicked. You don’t try to do anything in Spring Training but get ready, but things fell into place.

— Bobby Bonilla

I just did an interview where I was asked whether I drink beer or whisky, and I was sad to reveal that I’m pounding spring water.

— Brad Delson

Welcome, wild harbinger of spring! To this small nook of earth Feeling and fancy fondly cling, Round thoughts which owe their birth, To thee, and to the humble spot, Where chance has fixed thy lowly lot.

— Bernard Barton

The only reason I felt like I could sing a song like ‘Blown Away’ is because I have definitely lived through my fair share of trips to the cellar in the spring. We were no stranger to that. I still ask my mom, ‘Is the cellar cleaned out now? Is everything OK?’ Even in my new house, I had something built in it that’s like a storm shelter.

— Carrie Underwood

Adopting a really positive attitude can work wonders to adding years to your life, a spring to your step, a sparkle to your eye, and all of that.

— Christie Brinkley

Before I pitch any game, from spring training to Game 7 of the World Series, I’m scared to death.

— Curt Schilling

It all comes down to when spring training comes. Do you want to go or don’t you? If you want to go, you go.

— Chili Davis

I left Montana in Spring of 1866, for Utah, arriving at Salt Lake city during the summer.

— Calamity Jane

When you’re doing Sebring in the back straight at 185 or 187, and the car’s moving, you gotta know what to do with it, how to read it. Just the science of understanding shocks – forget spring rates – is mind-boggling.

— Craig T. Nelson

As the hart desires the spring of living water, so my soul desires to leave the prison of this dark body and see You in truth.

— Catherine of Siena

If I don’t make the team out of spring training, I’ll keep a good attitude. I’ll just go polish up the parts of my game that made me not stay in the big leagues.

— Cory Lidle

The Internet has exceeded our collective expectations as a revolutionary spring of information, news, and ideas. It is essential that we keep that spring flowing. We must not thwart the Internet’s availability by taxing access to it.

— Chris Cannon

From the streets of Cairo and the Arab Spring, to Occupy Wall Street, from the busy political calendar to the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan, social media was not only sharing the news but driving it.

— Dan Rather

I’ve always been a fan of melody and emotional melancholy, whether it was Rites of Spring or Tears for Fears or Neil Young. If I hear a song that has a sweet melody, I’m a sucker for it, whether it’s Linkin Park or Little Richard.

— Dave Grohl

Let peace, descending from her native heaven, bid her olives spring amidst the joyful nations and plenty, in league with commerce, scatter blessings from her copious hand!

— Daniel Boone

I look forward to the spring vegetables because the season is so short. Mushrooms, edible foraged herbs, wild leeks, early season asparagus.

— David Chang

I had always planned to make a large painting of the early spring, when the first leaves are at the bottom of the trees, and they seem to float in space in a wonderful way. But the arrival of spring can’t be done in one picture.

— David Hockney

Don’t forget it’s daylight savings time. You spring forward, then you fall back. It’s like Robert Downey Jr. getting out of bed.

— David Letterman

The weather here is gorgeous. It’s mild and feels like it’s in the eighties. The hot dog vendors got confused because of the weather and thought it was spring, so they accidentally changed the hot dog water in their carts.

— David Letterman

I always appreciated the ex-players. Being a Yankee, you get spoiled. Old-Timers Day, all these guys coming back, spring training, being around them, you get a chance to get to know them. So I always think you learn a lot by listening.

— Derek Jeter

In many… cases, of course, the Arab Spring has brought about instability rather than greater stability. And rather than bringing about government that is more representative and more responsive to the people, you’re seeing, frankly, the opposite, or you’re seeing all-out war.

— David Petraeus

Being able to walk out of the studio after a week of intense recording and jump into a cold sea and sit in a hot spring and soak for a few hours completely resets the whole system. Really refreshing. For me, it’s all about stepping out of the ordinary. Even psychically.

— Damien Rice

When I address admitted students each spring, I ask them to consider two questions: Why would Harvard be the right place for the person I am? Why would it be the right place for the person that I want to become? These questions, in my mind, get at the heart of any admissions process.

— Drew Gilpin Faust

Everyone has a breaking point, turning point, stress point, the game is permeated with it. The fans don’t see it because we make it look so efficient. But internally, for a guy to be successful, you have to be like a clock spring, wound but not loose at the same time.

— Dave Winfield

These days baseball is different. You come to spring training, you get your legs ready, you arms loose, your agents ready, your lawyer lined up.

— Dave Winfield

You have to be like a clock spring, wound but not loose at the same time.

— Dave Winfield

The soy-bean, in particular, has proved sufficiently resistant to cold in spring and to adverse weather during summer to warrant heavy planting, especially throughout the South.

— David F. Houston

Democracy can only spring from practising it early, and democratic action was not to expected from young people brought up under a close authoritarian system.

— Dora Russell

I come to spring training and just try to do my job, try to do the best I can. That’s all any player can do.

— Danny Bautista

I’ve spent a lot on clothes. I’m not kidding when I say I could have bought several country homes with the money. I’ve also given a lot away over time. I had a lovely Yves Saint Laurent jacket that I’d only worn once or twice, but I’m one for spring cleaning rather than storing my clothes.

— Donna Air

Any game is important to me. At Boston College, when I went out for the spring games, I wanted to win. Maybe it is more important than other preseason games. It’s just that everyone is expecting a lot from me in my first week of professional football. I want to confirm my expectations.

— Doug Flutie

Vines will be planted, corn will spring up, a whole growth of new crops and people will still fall in love in vintages and harvests yet to come. Life is eternal it is a perpetual renewal of birth and growth.

— Emile Zola

One of the first drawings I did in Paris – I wasn’t thinking of doing drawings, but somehow or other, I kept drawing – I bought a hyacinth flower with a lot of leaves, just to make me feel like spring.

— Ellsworth Kelly

The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives, but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can’t but help think back to the year that was, and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching.

— Enya

I was away from the front lines for a while this spring, living with other troops, and considerable fighting took place while I was gone. When I got ready to return to my old friends at the front I wondered if I would sense any change in them.

— Ernie Pyle

I rode horseback three miles each way to get to high school, and in bad weather it was a problem sometimes to make my eight o’clock class on time. Like others, I often missed school to help on the farm, especially in the fall, until after harvest, and in the spring, during planting season.

— Ezra Taft Benson

Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.

— Elizabeth Bowen

Oh, Spring! I want to go out and feel you and get inspiration. My old things seem dead. I want fresh contacts, more vital searching.

— Emily Carr

I want any excuse to come home. My dad is not a spring chicken any more. If anyone says, ‘Go buy a postage stamp in London,’ I’ll go and do it.

— Emily Mortimer

Half the U.S. population owns barely 2 percent of its wealth, putting the United States near Rwanda and Uganda and below such nations as pre-Arab Spring Tunisia and Egypt when measured by degrees of income inequality.

— Eric Alterman

If you allow one single germ, one single seed of slavery to remain in the soil of America… that germ will spring up, that noxious weed will thrive, and again stifle the growth, wither the leaves, blast the flowers and poison the fair fruits of freedom.

— Ernestine Rose

In the spring of 1959, I received an offer of a professorship at Harvard, which I accepted with alacrity since I wanted to be near my family and since the chemistry department at Harvard was unsurpassed.

— Elias James Corey

Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.

— Ellis Peters

Between work and the kids, I never see anyone anymore. I mean, when I first met with ABC last spring, and they asked me what I’d been doing lately, I said: ‘Gee, I have two kids. I’m usually covered with food, wrinkled and feel guilty all the time.

— Felicity Huffman

In the spring of 1993, I married Beverly and moved to the woods. This is something I could never have imagined myself doing.

— Floyd Skloot

I’ve tried every kind of bottled water, but Poland Spring is my go-to. I always have room-temperature bottles of it on side of stage for post-performance.

— French Montana

For some reason, I wrote about the bed we slept in when I was a kid. It was a half-acre of misery, that bed, sagging in the middle, red hair sticking out of the mattress, the spring gone and the fleas leaping all over the place.

— Frank McCourt

To me, steampunk and urban fantasy are naturally hinged together. And I think that’s because I love the early gothic Victorian literature, and both things spring from that movement.

— Gail Carriger

You’ll see a lot more blood in ‘Saw’ movies or something like that than you will in either of the ‘Last House’ movies. I kind of think it owes more to ‘The Virgin Spring’ which is the original source material, the Bergman movie.

— Garret Dillahunt

In the spring of 1994 I decided not to seek reelection to the Senate. I had made the decision 12 years earlier, Christmas Day of 1982, just after I had been first elected to a full term, that I would do the best I could for a limited time.

— George J. Mitchell

How you treat the quiet, shy types is the most important. If you leave them to sit in a corner, they will be noticed, and it will affect everyone’s time. I instantly spring on them and treat them as royalty, showing them around and introducing them to everyone so they seem special.

— Geoffrey Zakarian

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.

— Gerard Manley Hopkins

My family moved – first to Washington, D.C., and then, in the spring of 1975, to Lebanon, where my father worked as a diplomat at the American embassy. My parents were enthusiastic about the move, so my older brother and I felt like we were off to some place kind of cool.

— Greg Kinnear

I was 8 years old in the spring of 1945 when my family fled Silesia to escape the Russian army. On our way, we passed through Dresden. A few days later, it was firebombed. The fire was so bright that night that one could read a newspaper from the light, though we were many kilometers away.

— Gunter Blobel

In many countries in the Middle East – and this is changing in the wake of the Arab Spring – but for a long time, censorship of books and film was a very big deal. There were books you couldn’t buy things with political content would be censored, but there were some genres of books and film that the censors just didn’t understand.

— G. Willow Wilson

The spring wakes us, nurtures us and revitalizes us. How often does your spring come? If you are a prisoner of the calendar, it comes once a year. If you are creating authentic power, it comes frequently, or very frequently.

— Gary Zukav

Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses, a box where sweets compacted lie.

— George Herbert

Every spring, this happens: People discover hockey when daylight lasts longer and men grow beards and tie games do not end in shootouts but rather continue until a goal is scored. The seventh game only heightens the mood for players and fans alike.

— George Vecsey

I got that nickname my first spring training camp with the Expos in 1974. Tim Foli, Ken Singleton and Mike Jorgensen started calling me ‘Kid’ because I was trying to win every sprint. I was trying to hit every pitch out of the park.

— Gary Carter

With the coming of spring, I am calm again.

— Gustav Mahler

Once something has outlived its usefulness in one area of life, its purpose for being in existence is no longer the same. The leaf that captures a stream of sunlight, and then transfers its energy to the tree, serves one purpose in the spring and summer, and another completely different one through the fall and winter.

— Guy Finley

Within us – the heart of us, really – is a ‘ground’ that is to our thoughts and feelings, our relationships with others and ourselves, as is the Earth to the leaves that first race across her and then, no longer able to run, give themselves up to nourish her body so that she may give birth again come the spring.

— Guy Finley

So far this spring, 59 American communities have been flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped.

— Gordon Sinclair

No religion makes more use of color than Hinduism, with its blue-skinned gods and peony-lipped goddesses, and even the spring festival of Holi is focused on color: Boys squirt arcs of dyed water on passersby or dump powder, all violently hued, on their marks.

— Hanya Yanagihara

The beautiful spring came and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.

— Harriet Ann Jacobs

Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed… Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.

— Henry David Thoreau

In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.

— Henry Rollins

Spring and fall, those are very inspiring times of the year for me.

— Henry Rollins

Early spring is the time for vigorous change, a preparation for the heat-driven oppression that is to come.

— Henry Rollins

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

Music comes from an icicle as it melts, to live again as spring water.

— Henry Williamson

The human animal originally came from out-of-doors. When spring begins to move in his bones, he just must get out again. Moreover, as civilization, cement pavements, office buildings, radios have overwhelmed us, the need for regeneration has increased, and the impulses are even stronger.

— Herbert Hoover

Look at what has occurred in history. When the Berlin Wall fell, it was not surprising, but it was unexpected. Who predicted the Arab Spring? Nobody expected it, but all the ingredients were there. I think all the ingredients are also there for Quebec to become a country. But when? That’s another question.

— Gilles Duceppe

If those who are the enemies of innocent amusements had the direction of the world, they would take away the spring, and youth, the former from the year, the latter from human life.

— Honore de Balzac

It’s the fans that need spring training. You gotta get ’em interested. Wake ’em up and let ’em know that their season is coming, the good times are gonna roll.

— Harry Caray

After the navy, I transferred to Harvard and finished there. I was there the spring term of 1951 and I stayed through the summer term and a whole other year, so I was able to do two years in a little less than a year and a half.

— Harry Mathews

But your questions, which are unanswerable without exception, all spring from the same erroneous thinking.

— Herman Hesse

A strangely reflective, even melancholy day. Is that because, unlike our cousins in the northern hemisphere, Easter is not associated with the energy and vitality of spring but with the more subdued spirit of autumn?

— Hugh Mackay

Now I want to make it plain that ‘The Virgin Spring’ must be regarded as an aberration. It’s touristic, a lousy imitation of Kurosawa.

— Ingmar Bergman

We may not all break the Ten Commandments, but we are certainly all capable of it. Within us lurks the breaker of all laws, ready to spring out at the first real opportunity.

— Isadora Duncan

Israel no longer has allies in Egypt and in Tunisia, we are saying to the Zionist enemies that times have changed and that the time of the Arab Spring, the time of the revolution, of dignity and of pride has arrived.

— Ismail Haniyeh

I salute all the nations of the Arab Spring and I salute the heroic people of Syria who are striving for freedom, democracy and reform.

— Ismail Haniyeh

In the spring of 1936, I was introduced by friends to Jean Tatlock. In the autumn, I began to court her. We were at least twice close enough to marriage to think of ourselves as engaged.

— J. Robert Oppenheimer

It is true that I am a writer, and I was married to a composer, and I have lived in a small village in New England, but my children are not named Heracles and Persephone, and my daughter doesn’t disappear underground every six months and emerge in the spring.

— Jamaica Kincaid

I testify that inspiration can be the spring for every person’s hope, guidance, and strength. It is one of the magnified treasures of life. It involves coming to the infinite knowledge of God.

— James E. Faust

Some people plant in the spring and leave in the summer. If you’re signed up for a season, see it through. You don’t have to stay forever, but at least stay until you see it through.

— Jim Rohn

When I went to San Francisco in that cold late spring of 1967, I did not even know what I wanted to find out, and so I just stayed around a while and made a few friends.

— Joan Didion

Here at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, we have genetically rearranged various viruses and bacteria as part of our medical research. In fact, we have been able to create entirely new types of DNA molecules by splicing together the genetic information from different organisms – recombinant DNA.

— James D. Watson

I am never at my best in the early morning, especially a cold morning in the Yorkshire spring with a piercing March wind sweeping down from the fells, finding its way inside my clothing, nipping at my nose and ears.

— James Herriot

My baseline function is I’m usually really happy and optimistic. I think I really genuinely like being alive, and I’ve got a spring in my step – that’s what I’ve been like all my life.

— Jenny Slate

Fantastic! Right in the middle of that long stretch between Christmas and Spring Break, your coats are getting dirty, everything’s dark, dingy – what a great time for a movie!

— John Hughes

The Arab Spring, nobody’s in the streets demonstrating for radical Islam they’re in the streets with a window of democracy. They want our political reform, our social justice, and our economic opportunity.

— Jack Keane

Each year in early spring, during the season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Easter, a plenitude of books, magazine articles, and television shows about Jesus appear.

— Jay Parini

In the spring of 1957, Mickey Mantle was the king of New York. He had the Triple Crown to prove it, having become only the 12th player in history to earn baseball’s gaudiest jewel. In 1956, he had finally fulfilled the promise of his promise, batting .353, with 52 homers and 130 RBIs. Everybody loved Mickey.

— Jane Leavy

Secretary Clinton and I have worked well together, but the Arab Spring is a different question… This administration, collectively, made some very bad decisions, and they now have to climb out of a deep hole.

— Jim Webb

I built a baseball field in the lower part of our property and I’m always working on that. I got a wheelbarrow, a pick and a shovel, and I started to build a baseball field during writers’ strike. We have boys and girls come over and we have clinics in the spring. It’s called The Strike because it’s named for the writers’ strike.

— John C. McGinley

The first acting thing I ever did was my senior year I decided not to play a sport in the Spring and, in that Spring B.J. Novak who went to school with me, asked if I’d be in this show that was a parody of all the teachers in the school, ‘sure!’ That was the first acting thing I did.

— John Krasinski

When I graduated from college in the spring of 1970, I decided to hitchhike around Europe with my guitar and my backpack. I was gone for about four months.

— John Oates

Well, you’ve got to be known for something. The danger of extreme versatility is that you don’t spring to mind for anything.

— Julian Fellowes

The Florida State League was considered the top A-league back then. You played in the spring training parks of major league teams, traveled throughout some great cities in Florida, and the pay was the best in A-ball.

— Jim Evans

Yield’ was completed in 1997 and released in 1998. In the spring of 1997, I had made a decision to stop taking medications that I had been taking daily since 1988.

— Jack Irons

From labour health, from health contentment spring contentment opes the source of every joy.

— James Beattie

The greatest good fortune of my return to Cambridge in 1946 was that there, in the spring, I met Elizabeth Fay Ringo. We were married a few months later.

— James Tobin

I started off in musical theater, yeah. It was one of my first jobs it was in Spring Awakening in London, which was amazing.

— Jamie Blackley

Every year, I travel extensively in the autumn and the spring. I set most of the winter and summer aside for my family and my own tribal relatives. But during that traveling time, I often find myself visiting other native communities around the continent – perhaps a dozen or more each year.

— Joseph Bruchac

I go out and take oysters, clams and mussels every 2 weeks or so during late fall, winter and early spring. I particularly like to go out when there is a below-average ebb tide because that exposes clamming grounds and oysters that are usually under water.

— Jim Himes

I was promoted associate professor in early 1970 and full professor in October of the same year. I spent the two spring semesters of 1972 and 1974 as visiting professor at Harvard University, giving lectures and directing a research project.

— Jean-Marie Lehn

I have been involved with ‘Spring Awakening’ for six years. I am 20 now – I just turned 20 in August – and I originally auditioned when I was 14 years old. I auditioned for Michael Mayer, Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater.

— Lea Michele

I worked consistently on Broadway from when I was 8 years old through ‘Spring Awakening,’ which I left in 2008.

— Lea Michele

When I was on Broadway, my most recent Broadway show was ‘Spring Awakening,’ and every night I did a topless scene.

— Lea Michele

At home I have a copy of the April 21, 1986, issue of ‘Sports Illustrated.’ I’m on the cover with the blurb, ‘Can Lou Do It?’ I’d just arrived at Notre Dame, and with spring football underway, I was the focal point of that week’s coverage.

— Lou Holtz

All the big revolutions, whether it’s the Industrial Revolution, the Arab Spring, those changes happened by economic and social shifts brought about by the people’s voices, and those things weren’t voted for. Most of our changes today are brought about through technology, not by voting.

— Lupe Fiasco

In the spring and summer of 1989, a serious political disturbance took place in China.

— Li Peng

But, you know, I just did a big trip in the spring to Vietnam and Cambodia and Thailand, and that’s when I bought a Kindle. I have like 15 books on this one little gizmo. But when I came home, the first night I picked up the book that was on my nightstand and I went right back to that.

— Lisa See

The first time at Louis Vuitton was Spring 2009 season, and I remember that the colors of the clothes were very dreamy.

— Liu Wen

When an author creates a town in her novels, she spends a great deal of time visualizing the streets and buildings, landmarks and topography. And while the town becomes real in her imagination, it’s rare for an author to see the place she’s created actually spring to life.

— Lori Wilde

So the ideology was that: use sounds as instruments, as sounds on tape, without the causality. It was no longer a clarinet or a spring or a piano, but a sound with a form, a development, a life of its own.

— Luc Ferrari

Until spring training in 1946, the only time I pitched was in 1945 in the GI World Series.

— Leon Day

Well, first of all the Dominion Bureau of Statistics made a survey in the spring of 1970, which showed that on balance the difference in the cost of living between Canadian cities and American cities was 5 % to the advantage, of course, to the Canadian cities.

— Leonard Woodcock

Would that I were a dry well, and that the people tossed stones into me, for that would be easier than to be a spring of flowing water that the thirsty pass by, and from which they avoid drinking.

— Khalil Gibran

Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert.

— Khalil Gibran

Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.

— Kenneth Grahame

I thought I’d do everything on four-track, and then I’ll record every instrument myself in a studio, and then I’ll have a solo album released by spring.

— Kim Deal

I was born and grew up in Phoenix, and I left there when I was 17 to go to Interlochen Arts Academy – a boarding school in Michigan – for a year, and then I went to college for a year at The Boston Conservatory and landed the ‘Spring Awakening’ tour midway through my freshman year, which was pretty cool.

— Kimiko Glenn

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

— Margaret Atwood

Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.

— Marilyn Monroe

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

— Mark Twain

It is so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done.

— Matthew Arnold

Soon after the inauguration, the Obamas gave Big Food a case of heartburn when, in the spring of 2009, Michelle Obama planted an organic vegetable garden on the White House lawn, a symbolic but nevertheless powerful act that thrilled the food movement.

— Michael Pollan

When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring.

— Madeleine M. Kunin

We would load up the yellow Cutlass Supreme station wagon and pick blackberries during blackberry season or spring onions during spring onion season. For us, food was part of the fabric of our day.

— Mario Batali

I always wanted to be a dentist from the time I was in high school, and I was accepted to dental school in the spring of 1972. I was planning to go, but after the Olympics there were other opportunities.

— Mark Spitz

Occupy Wall Street didn’t just spring from the earth organically, out of thin air. This was all part of the global socialist movement.

— Monica Crowley

When I did see the story of Persephone, I was really drawn to it. Persephone, the goddess of spring, was kept from Olympus by her mother, Demeter, because Demeter was very worried that the gods of Olympus would do something terrible to her.

— Meg Cabot

One morning every spring, for exactly two minutes, Israel comes to a stop. Pedestrians stand in place, drivers pull over to the side of the road, and nobody speaks, sings, eats, or drinks as the nation pays respect to the victims of the Nazi genocide. From the Mediterranean to the Dead Sea, the only sounds one hears are sirens.

— Michael Specter

In the spring of 1968, The Beatles and I were invited by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to travel to Riskikesh, India. Riskikesh has been an important spiritual place to many millions of people over the years. It is situated where the Ganges River flows out of the Himalayas, and to be in that atmosphere was something incredibly special.

— Mike Love

I went across the fields to avoid the straight highways, along the firing lines where people were shooting at a small wooded hill, which is now covered with wooden crosses and lines of graves instead of spring flowers.

— Max Beckmann

I think about my mother every day. But usually the thoughts are fleeting – she crosses my mind like a spring cardinal that flies past the edge of your eye: startling, luminous, lovely… gone.

— Meghan O’Rourke

Baseball needs to put the steroids era behind it by having and enforcing tough rules against all kinds of artificial advantages, so that spring can return.

— Marvin Olasky

For nine years, till the spring of 1881, we lived in Oxford, in a little house north of the Parks, in what was then the newest quarter of the University town.

— Mary Augusta Ward

To underestimate one’s thirst, to pass a given landmark to the right or left, to find a dry spring where one looked for running water – there is no help for any of these things.

— Mary Hunter Austin

One of my favorite films is ‘Late Spring’ by Yasujiro Ozu. To me, it represents film as art.

— Michael Arndt

The Arab Spring has heightened the ideological tension between Ankara and Tehran, and Turkey’s model seems to be winning.

— Mustafa Akyol

History is, in its essentials, the science of change. It knows and it teaches that it is impossible to find two events that are ever exactly alike, because the conditions from which they spring are never identical.

— Marc Bloch

There’s a reason why anger, fear, and hatred are paths to the dark side: they all spring from a single source – the same source as a certain flavor of love. A dangerously sweet, addictive flavor.

— Matthew Stover

We’ve been working on a new album, which is going to come out next spring, which is very different, a change of style for us – it’s going to be almost like rock music.

— Neil Tennant

The Barks of Trees are best gathered in the Spring, if it be of great Trees, as Oaks or the like, because then they come easiest off, and so you may dry them if you please, but indeed your best way is to gather all Barks only for present use.

— Nicholas Culpeper

As you know with the Arab Spring, there were no dividends.

— Najib Razak

You talk about crying! The spring of 1988, I spent a fair length of time trying to come to grips with who I was and the habits I had and what they did to people that I truly loved. I really spent a period of time where, I suspect, I cried three or four times a week.

— Newt Gingrich

In much of the world, there is a sense of an ultra-powerful CIA manipulating everything that happens, such as running the Arab Spring, running the Pakistani Taliban, etc. That is just nonsense.

— Noam Chomsky

No one is immune from the larger events of his or her time – the Depression, World War II, civil rights, Vietnam, the spring of 1989 in China. These events intrude upon our lives and radically affect our directions.

— Paul Tsongas

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.

— Paul Valery

There is this tremendous amount of arrogance and hubris, where somebody can look at something for five minutes and dismiss it. Whether you talk about gaming or 20th century classical music, you can’t do it in five minutes. You can’t listen to ‘The Rite of Spring’ once and understand what Stravinsky was all about.

— Penn Jillette

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

— Percy Bysshe Shelley

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

— Percy Bysshe Shelley

Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.

— Pietro Aretino

Of all wonders, this is among the greatest, that some fresh waters close by the sea spring forth as out of pipes: for the nature of the waters also ceaseth not from miraculous properties.

— Pliny the Elder

The most striking thing is that even before Osama bin Laden was killed, he seemed largely irrelevant to the Arab Spring.

— Paul Wolfowitz

None of the teams that actually probably were offering me a job from the getgo, actually in spring training, are in the playoffs right now.

— Pedro Martinez

Natural life, lived naturally as it is lived in the countryside, has none of that progress which is the base of happiness. Men and women in rural communities can be compared to a spring that rises out of a rock and spreads in irregular ever-widening circles. But the general principle is static.

— Patrick Kavanagh

Life in cities is not a spring but a river, or rather, a water main. It progresses like a novel, artificially.

— Patrick Kavanagh

At the high school level, the coaches get these kids in revenue-driven sports and take them away from baseball. There’s so much pressure on these kids to even play spring football. We need to get the African-American players back in the game, which I think would make it not only a better game, but more exciting and entertaining for everyone.

— Pat Gillick

I love going to London for a couple of days but I need to be in the country. I like the silence, the smell and the seasonal changes, especially in spring and summer. I really feel that I belong there.

— Philippa Gregory

I discovered ‘Rite of Spring’ when I was 21. As a matter of fact, not with orchestra first, because it was still a work which was not often performed. Don’t forget that I was 19 in 1944, still the Occupation time. So it was performed slightly after the end of the war, in 1945.

— Pierre Boulez

In the spring of 1854, some of my publications persuaded King Maximilian II of Bavaria to offer me, at the suggestion of Emanuel Geibel, a position in Munich with an annual salary of 1000 guilders, to take part in his so-called symposia, weekly soirees at which scholars and poets were gathered.

— Paul Heyse

For every person who has ever lived there has come, at last, a spring he will never see. Glory then in the springs that are yours.

— Pam Brown

I had only played five games in my senior year in high school. I was not large enough. Hell, when I graduated, I was about five foot four and weighed 120 pounds. I didn’t go with the Dodgers until spring training of 1940 and I weighed all of 155 pounds soaking wet.

— Pee Wee Reese

We’ve got a very difficult situation created by this embrace of the so-called Arab Spring. And that’s not getting better. It’s getting worse. The carnage for the people of Syria is horrific, and it’s quite frankly too little, too late to reverse a lot of that.

— Oliver North

Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them… they are liable to spring upon you but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.

— Orison Swett Marden

Hamas has long been Israel’s enemy, but in the wake of the Arab Spring, the group is empowered like never before.

— Richard Engel

The greatest gift that Oxford gives her sons is, I truly believe, a genial irreverence toward learning, and from that irreverence love may spring.

— Robertson Davies

I think in spring, we don’t want to wear makeup, we don’t want to wear a ton of clothes, we just want everything to be easier.

— Rachel Zoe

I think, in spring, we don’t want to wear makeup, we don’t want to wear a ton of clothes, we just want everything to be easier.

— Rachel Zoe

Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be.

— Rebecca Solnit

Revolution is a phase, a mood, like spring, and just as spring has its buds and showers, so revolution has its ebullience, its bravery, its hope, and its solidarity. Some of these things pass.

— Rebecca Solnit

Isn’t it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it?

— Richard Dawkins

Just as I was turning fifteen, in the spring of 1946, my parents took me to see ‘The Glass Menagerie,’ well into its year-long run. I had seen a number of shows on Broadway by then, but nothing like this – because there was nothing like this on Broadway.

— Robert Gottlieb

Ballet in September used to be dead as a dodo. Now, with City Ballet’s ingenious decision to give us four weeks of repertory in the early fall, having cut down on the relentlessly long spring season when dancers, critics and audiences droop on the vine, we wake up after the dog days of August with something to look at.

— Robert Gottlieb

It was easy being healthy when I was young. I was full of energy, so sports and physical challenges were fun. But as I got older and the spring left my step, exercise became harder, and eating, drinking and watching TV became easier. By the time I was 50, I’d put on 50 pounds.

— Robert Kiyosaki

Bass Weejuns are the Cordovan black or brown penny loafers originally called Norwegian Loafers, hence their name. Worn without socks in the spring and summer, they must be kept to a high-gloss polish and should become burnished with wax over time until they have a fine patina.

— Roger Stone

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’

— Robin Williams

The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition: without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh.

— Rumi

I never forgot the four years I spent with the Phillies, my September call-ups and my big league Spring Trainings. I never forgot that.

— Ryne Sandberg

I saw Ronnie Hawkins play near my hometown, Port Dover, Ontario, and I saw him play there on New Year’s Eve and the following spring I booked myself to be his opening act on maybe five shows, and he hired me after the first night.

— Rick Danko

In California in the early Spring, There are pale yellow mornings, when the mist burns slowly into day, The air stings like Autumn, clarifies like pain – Well, I have dreamed this coast myself.

— Robert Hass

When you think about great teams, The Beatles and the Pythons immediately spring to mind. The Pythons were as much a part of their time as The Beatles.

— Robyn Hitchcock

I believe democracy will succeed in Tunisia, but I also believe that it will succeed in the other Arab Spring countries.

— Rashid al-Ghannushi

The truth is that our way of celebrating the Christmas season does spring from myriad cultures and sources, from St. Nicholas to Coca-Cola advertising campaigns.

— Richard Roeper

Designer Marc Jacobs ended his sixteen-year tenure at Louis Vuitton with a spring 2014 collection that celebrated fashion in its purest and least complicated form – as majestic, superficial beauty.

— Robin Givhan

The spring of 1942 was given over to a very impassioned, strategic debate about where we should first attack in counterpunching against the Germans and Italians. The British argued very persuasively on the part of Winston Churchill, prime minister, that this was a very green American Army, green soldiers, green commanders.

— Rick Atkinson

We are all treading the vanishing road of a song in the air, the vanishing road of the spring flowers and the winter snows, the vanishing roads of the winds and the streams, the vanishing road of beloved faces.

— Richard Le Gallienne

The very idea of true patriotism is lost, and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes. A patriot, sir! Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms!

— Robert Walpole

As winter weather settles in around the country, millions of American families are facing skyrocketing home heating prices with even greater impact if cold temperatures persist into the spring.

— Russ Carnahan

In the spring of 1948, I was able to join the newly created Brookhaven National Laboratory, which was dedicated to finding peaceful uses for atomic energy.

— Raymond Davis, Jr.

If you can visualize the whole of spring and see Paradise with the eye of belief, you may understand the utter majesty of everlasting Beauty. If you respond to that Beauty with the beauty of belief and worship, you will be a most beautiful creature.

— Said Nursi

The raising to life of all animate beings at the resurrection of the dead can be no more difficult for Divine Power than restoring to life a fly in the spring, heavy with the death-stained sleep of winter.

— Said Nursi

In spring, the dead trees, roots, and animals come to life again exactly as they were, thus providing hundreds of thousands of examples, specimens, and proofs of the supreme resurrection.

— Said Nursi

No one will remember that President Obama supported the Arab Spring if it eventually fails and the region collapses back into the political Dark Ages. If we actively engage these movements with advice, with money, and, when necessary, with military force, then we get a vote in how it all turns out.

— Sebastian Junger

The bottom line is, like, one in five stars has at least one planet where life might spring up. That’s a fantastically large percentage. That means in our galaxy, there’s on the order of tens of billions of Earth-like worlds.

— Seth Shostak

No matter how chaotic it is, wildflowers will still spring up in the middle of nowhere.

— Sheryl Crow

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!

— Sitting Bull

I’ve kind of fashioned my life after a Slinky. Bend me in a million shapes, and eventually I’ll spring back to what I originally was.

— Sylvester Stallone

I might have missed my calling as an editor. In the spring, the sight of my empty garden beds gives me the horticultural equivalent of writers’ block: So much space! So many plants to choose among, and yet none of them seem quite right!

— Susan Orlean

We’ve found that patterns of site looting have increased between 500 and 1000 percent since the start of the Arab Spring. Now this is a problem as old as human beings. People were looting tombs 5,000 years ago in Egypt as soon as people were buried, but the problem is only getting worse and worse.

— Sarah Parcak

It’s absolutely critical, you know, to train young men and women not just to find sites, but also to protect sites, especially in the wake of the Arab Spring. There’s been significant site-looting in Egypt and elsewhere across the Middle East.

— Sarah Parcak

If you wait until your children are high school seniors to spring it on them that there’s not a whole lot of money for school, they won’t have too many options.

— Suze Orman

Is it too late to institute a leap year and mandate that the holidays fall on regular, convenient dates – so that Id al-Fitr will come, say, in the spring and Id al-Adha in early summer?

— Sayed Kashua

If you look not just at the Arab Spring, but at what I call the ‘Youth Spring’ that has started in Europe, young people are starting to find a voice, and they are not looking to the traditional media to reflect that.

— Shane Smith

I believe in process. I believe in four seasons. I believe that winter’s tough, but spring’s coming. I believe that there’s a growing season. And I think that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better.

— Steve Southerland

I’m very confident my health isn’t going to allow me to be a good player, especially in the spring.

— Steve Yzerman

I like that ‘Pitch Perfect’ is one of my first forays into film and just being seen in that kind of light, aside from some people who know me from ‘Spring Awakening’ or the other things that I’ve done. I think in so many ways it’s kind of like my own ‘Glee’ or ‘Smash’.

— Skylar Astin

A hush is over everything, Silent as women wait for love The world is waiting for the spring.

— Sara Teasdale

I played a heap of snow in a school play. I was under a sheet, and crawled out when spring came. I often say I’ll never reach the same artistic level again.

— Stellan Skarsgard

When I was young, it was fun being in the locker room and shagging balls in the outfield in spring training. But I couldn’t keep my attention on the games for more than 30 minutes. I would sit there with my Game Boy the whole game.

— Shane Larkin

I’m no spring chicken. The same arthritis that ate up my left hip that finally got replaced hasn’t stopped there… And touring is a lot of work. I’m impressed when I see people like Eric Clapton out there. Gee whiz, Eric, give me a break! I know it’s gotta hurt somewhere.

— Steve Perry

Mom and I often talked about the trip we’d someday take together to the ‘city of eternal spring’ where she was born. In Kunming, she said, the fruits are sweeter, the mountains look like Chinese paintings, and the weather is always perfect.

— Tess Gerritsen

I want a future where my children feel safe and appreciated and proud to be who they are. My heart is one with all the Arab Spring heroes, no matter how small they think their role is. I know they believe, like me, that we are working for a world whereby an Arab can live with the other in a respectful and dignified way.

— Tawakkol Karman

No, Queer Eye has a book coming out before mine, in the Spring of 2004, in which each of us has a section and we do a brief overview of our subject area.

— Ted Allen

No cowboy songs, no hoedowns. It’s a more serious piece. Yet every bar of ‘Appalachian Spring’ is clear, clean, tonal, intelligible – great music that anyone can grasp at first hearing.

— Terry Teachout

Every year, our white intruders become more greedy, exacting, oppressive, and overbearing. Every year, contentions spring up between them and our people, and when blood is shed, we have to make atonement, whether right or wrong, at the cost of the lives of our greatest chiefs and the yielding up of large tracts of our lands.

— Tecumseh

Every day, I come home with a spring in my step. We’ve got to work together to stop the Obama agenda and take this country back.

— Ted Cruz

I was a sports nut. I stayed after school probably three hours every day – from fall, to winter, to spring. I went from football to basketball to track, and it started all over again. I loved all of it. I just loved being an athlete and all that it entailed. It really accounts for who I am today and even how I think today.

— Terry Crews

I used to build lofts in SoHo back when there was nothing there. I had a stoop on West Broadway between Prince and Spring. My partner and I would sit there, eat dinner, and watch the world go by.

— Tim Daly

It is ironic that American women now need to be fortified by the inspiration of the women of the Arab Spring, who risked so much to win basic human rights.

— Tina Brown

Wars spring from unseen and generally insignificant causes, the first outbreak being often but an explosion of anger.

— Thucydides

In the spring of 1984, I went to the northwest of France, to Normandy, to prepare an NBC documentary on the 40th anniversary of D-Day.

— Tom Brokaw

The classic Italian green sauce, salsa verde, is easy to make and especially nice in the spring when bunches of fresh herbs start appearing in the farmers market or in your garden.

— Tom Douglas

The ‘New York Honk,’ as it was called, was the most fashionable accent an American male could have at that time, namely, the spring of 1963. One achieved it by forcing all words out through the nostrils rather than the mouth. It was at once virile… and utterly affected. Nelson Rockefeller had a New York Honk.

— Tom Wolfe

The four walls of paper are like a prison because every idea wants to spring out in all directions – everything is connected with everything else, sometimes more than others.

— Ted Nelson

Art doesn’t spring from the muses alone, but from hard work.

— Tom Rachman

Working on ‘Lonely, I’m Not’ – I love the material so much, and it’s spring in New York, so I’m walking home whistling every day.

— Topher Grace

Lucas attended a conference on rational expectations at the University of Minnesota in the spring of 1973. The day after the conference, I received a call from Pittsburgh.

— Thomas J. Sargent

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!

— Wallace Stevens

Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.

— Walter Scott

I remember in the spring of 1971, a hundred thousand people converged on the Pentagon in June of 1971. They threw blood I guess it was goat’s blood or something, on the steps to the Pentagon. People were being accused of being murderers and baby killers. You just can’t imagine the civic outrage.

— Wesley Clark

The whole structure of African government, as far back as we know, was based on tyranny. One guy ran the show. Chiefs like Chaka and Mzilikazi committed terrible atrocities. That is the tradition from which modern African rulers spring. It won’t change easily overnight.

— Wilbur Smith

A Poem does not grow by jerks. As trees in Spring produce a new ring of tissue, so does every poet put forth a fresh outlay of stuff at the same season.

— Wilfred Owen

Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.

— William Jennings Bryan

The little windflower, whose just opened eye is blue as the spring heaven it gazes at.

— William C. Bryant

The Arab spring was not as radical as the French or Iranian revolutions. It did not pull out the deeply entrenched roots of the state. Instead, it was satisfied to replace the top of the pyramid with newly elected, but inexperienced, leaders.

— Wadah Khanfar

The Arab spring confirmed that peaceful change is possible and so reinforced the vision of political Islam. The impact of this went beyond the Brotherhood to include the Salafist tendency in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya that had questioned the democratic path.

— Wadah Khanfar

They urged me to take up winter quarters at the forks of the Platt, stating that if I attempted to advance further until spring, I would endanger the lives of my whole party.

— William Henry Ashley

Diseases happen in acidic environments, so it’s very important to keep your body alkaline. Keeping a diet high in leafy greens, spring water, fresh air, raw almonds, lemons, grapefruits, and warm water with juice from half a lemon helps lower acidity levels.

— Valentina Zelyaeva

Then in 1969, I spent the spring term at Cornell University in New York. The invasion of August 1968 had already happened, but the hardline regime took several months to crack down on dissidents.

— Vaclav Klaus

If the ‘Athens Spring’ – when the Greek people courageously rejected the catastrophic austerity conditions of the previous bailouts – has one lesson to teach, it is that Greece will recover only when the European Union makes the transition from ‘We the states’ to ‘We the European people.’

— Yanis Varoufakis

I plan to concentrate on helping set up a Pan-European political movement, inspired by the Athens Spring, that will work toward Europe’s democratization.

— Yanis Varoufakis

A great fig should look like it’s just about to burst its skin. When squeezed lightly it should give a little and not spring back. It must be almost unctuously sweet, soft and wet.

— Yotam Ottolenghi

Salbitxada is a sharp and lightly sweet Catalan sauce that’s traditionally served with calcots – spring or salad onions, grilled whole, make a good substitute.

— Yotam Ottolenghi
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