80 May Quotes To Spring Out Of Your Winter Box

Georgia Stone
Dec 12, 2023 By Georgia Stone
Originally Published on Feb 16, 2021
May marks the beginning of the summer months.

The month of May is a truly wonderful time of the year.

The winter is over and there's a joyous summer ahead. May puts you in a cheerful mood just thinking about it.

We've curated a list of quotes about the month of May that'll fill you with optimism. If you want to read more such quotes, then head over to our articles about April quotes and June quotes.

Best May Quotes And Sayings

Here are the best month of May quotes. These quotes will make you full of spirit for spring and sunshine.

1. "You are as welcome as the flowers in May."

- Charles Macklin.

2. "Was in the merry month of May

When flowers were a bloomin'

Sweet William on his death-bed lay

For the love of Barbara Allen."

- Old English Ballad.

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

- Harriet Ann Jacobs.

4. "Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."

- Henry James.

5. "It was the month of May, the month when the foliage of herbs and trees is most freshly green, when buds ripened and blossoms appear in their fragrance and loveliness."

- Sir Thomas Malory.

6. "We roamed the fields and river sides, When we are young and gay; We chased the bees and plucked the flowers, In the merry, merry month of May."

- Stephen Foster.

7. "Among the changing months, May stands confest the sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed."

- James Thomson.

8. "Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?"

- William Shakespeare.

9. "Queer things happen in the garden in May. Little faces forgotten appear, and plants thought to be dead suddenly wave a green hand to confound you."

- W. E. Johns.

10. "May is green and pink and red."

- Richard L. Ratliff.

11. "I'm only wishing to go a-fishing; For this the month of May was made."

- Henry Van Dyke.

12. "Lots of people go mad in January. Not as many as in May, of course. Nor June. But January is your third most common month for madness."

- Karen Joy Fowler.

13. "Tis a month before the month of May, And the spring comes slowly up this way."

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

14. "Winds of May, that dance on the sea, Dancing a ring-around in glee."

- James Joyce

15. "What is so sweet and dear / As a prosperous morn in May, / The confident prime of the day."

- William Watson.

16. "May . . . it’s full of all the things that make spring and the brighter part of the year so special."

- Jenna Danchuk.

17. "In the marvellous month of May when all the buds were bursting, then in my heart did love arise."

- Heinrich Heine.

18. "When purple finches sing and soar, With vernal gladness running o'er— When joys like these salute the sense, Then waiting long hath recompense, And all the world is glad with May."

- John Burroughs.

19. "I thought that spring must last forevermore; For I was young and loved, and it was May."

- Vera Brittain.

20. "As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in Midsummer."

- William Shakespeare.

May Inspirational Quotes

Here are the best May motivational quotes.

21. "For winter's rain and ruins are over, And all the season of snows and sins; The days dividing lover and lover, The light that loses, the night that wins."

- Algernon Charles Swinburne.

22. "Another May new buds and flowers shall bring: Ah! Why has happiness no second Spring?"

- Charlotte Smith.

23. "Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, and summer’s lease hath all too short a date."

- William Shakespeare.

24. "I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth?"

- Edward Giobbi.

25. "The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May."

- Edwin Way Teale.

26. "Let all thy joys be as the month of May,

And all thy days be as a marriage day."

- Francis Quarles.

27. "May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel most alive."

- Fennel Hudson.

28. "The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy."

- Henry Ward Beecher.

29. "Make hay in May for you may never know what June is coming with and you may never know what July will present! When you see May, make hay!"

- Ernest Agyemang Yeboah.

30. "All the year round there is spring, all through life is youth; there is always something which may flower."

- Karel Capek.

31. "Where flowers bloom so does hope."

- Lady Bird Johnson.

32. "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."

- Audrey Hepburn.

Hello May Quotes

Here are the best welcome May quotes for calendars.

33. "Hebe's here, May is here! The air is fresh and sunny; And the miser-bees are busy Hoarding golden honey."

- Thomas Bailey Aldrich.

34. "I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers: Of April, May, or June, and July flowers."

- Robert Herrick.

35. "Sweet April showers do spring May flowers."

- Thomas Tusser.

36. "April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go."

- Christopher Morley.

37. "As it fell upon a day, In the merry month of May, Sitting in a pleasant shade, Which a grove of myrtles made."

- Richard Barnfield.

38. "Flowers bud, the sun shines, and new seeds are sown into the fabric of our lives. May is awesome."

- Jenna Danchuk.

39. "When April steps aside for May, like diamonds all the rain-drops glisten."

- Lucy Larcom.

40. "A little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about."

- John Mayer.

41. "O, the month of May, the merry month of May, So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green!"

- Thomas Dekker.

42. "And after winter folweth grene May."

- Geoffrey Chaucer.

43. "And a bird overhead sang Follow,

And a bird to the right sang Here;

And the arch of the leaves was hollow,

And the meaning of May was clear."

- Algernon Charles Swinburne.

44. "Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world."

- Virgil A. Kraft.

45. "The month of May is the pleasant time; its face is beautiful; the blackbird sings his full song."

- Lady Gregory.

46. "At last came the golden month of the wild folk, honey, sweet May, when the birds come back, and the flowers come out, and the air is full of the sunrise scents and songs of the dawning year."

- Samuel Scoville Jr.

47. "Sweet May hath come to love us, Flowers, trees, their blossoms don; And through the blue heavens above us, The very clouds move on."

- Heinrich Heine.

48. "The cuckoos are singing and ever singing; There is a welcome before the brightness of the summer."

- Lady Gregory.

49. "May: the lilacs are in bloom. Forget yourself."

- Marty Rubin.

50. "For like as herbs and trees bring forth fruit and flourish in May, in likewise every lusty heart that is in any manner a lover."

- Sir Thomas Malory.

51. "The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit."

- Sir Thomas Malory.

May Day Quotes

Here are the best quotes for Mayday or Labor Day.

52. "Today, in the May Day, find a worker and shake his hand with gratitude! Without workers, no civilisation could be built!"

-  Mehmet Murat ildan.

53. "If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend."

- Doug Larson.

54. "Without labor nothing prospers."

- Sophocles.

55. "Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation."

- Samuel Gompers.

56. "Each year, Labor Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions that working men and women make to our nation, our economy and our collective prosperity."

- Tom Perez.

57. "May Day is not an ordinary day because it is a day that cherishes the extraordinary people, the workers!"

- Mehmet Murat ildan.

Spring Sayings

Here are the best quotes about the Spring season.

58. "I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright."

- Millard Kaufman.

59. "Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light."

- Gertrude Wister.

60. "The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size."

- Gertrude Wister.

61. "Or maybe spring is the season of love and fall the season of mad lust."

- Elizabeth Cohen.

62. "I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees."

- Pablo Neruda.

63. "Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire."

- Virgil.

64. "Spring is the time of plans and projects."

- Leo Tolstoy.

65. "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn."

- Hal Borland.

66. "If winter comes, can spring be far behind?"

- Percy Bysshe Shelley.

67. "You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming."

- Pablo Neruda.

68. "A flower blossoms for its own joy."

- Oscar Wilde.

69. "What a strange thing! to be alive, beneath cherry blossoms."

- Kobayashi Issa.

70. "Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul."

- Luther Burbank.

71. "I put flower buds in a lot of little bottles around the house so I can see the blossoms open everywhere."

- James Patterson.

72. "Always it's spring and everyone's in love and flowers pick themselves."

- E.E. Cummings.

73. "Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm."

- John Muir.

74. "Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer."

- Anita Krizzan.

75. "People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us."

- Iris Murdoch.

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

- Margaret Atwood.

77. "The earth laughs in flowers."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

78. "Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems."

- Rainer Maria Rilke.

79. "I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose, I would always greet it in a garden."

- Ruth Stout.

80. "Spring is nature’s way of saying, 'Let's party!'"

- Robin Williams.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for May quotes then why not take a look at July quotes, or August quotes.

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Written by Georgia Stone

Bachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

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Georgia StoneBachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

Georgia is an experienced Content Manager with a degree in French and Film Studies from King's College London and Bachelors degree from Université Paris-Sorbonne. Her passion for exploring the world and experiencing different cultures was sparked during her childhood in Switzerland and her year abroad in Paris. In her spare time, Georgia enjoys using London's excellent travel connections to explore further afield.

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