Article image

14 Sunshiny Quotes To Warm Your Days

If you’ve ever yearned for sunshine on a dreary day, you’re in good company. Gloomy weather doesn’t just cloud the sky — it can often cast a shadow over our mood as well. This effect is particularly pronounced in the fall and winter months, when the days become shorter and cooler, offering less of the sunshine we crave.

In fact, for roughly 5% of adults in the U.S., seasonal weather changes can trigger a form of depression known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which can manifest with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Thankfully, there are a number of tried-and-true methods that can help alleviate SAD until it naturally improves with the increasing sunlight in spring and summer.

When it seems as if everyone around us is lamenting the cold, gray weather, it can be challenging to see beyond the bleakness — even if we happen to enjoy those cooler, shorter days. For those of us who find ourselves missing the sun and seeking a little mood boost, the warmth of these 13 quotes can help keep our spirits lifted until we’re able to bask in the sunshine once more.

Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.
Walt Whitman

Share Quote

The sun — the bright sun, that brings back, not light alone, but new life, and hope, and freshness to man — burst upon the crowded city in clear and radiant glory. Through costly-coloured glass and paper-mended window, through cathedral dome and rotten crevice, it shed its equal ray.
Charles Dickens

Share Quote

I’m waitin’, waitin’ on a sunny day / Gonna chase the clouds away / Waitin’ on a sunny day / … / Your smile, girl, brings the mornin’ light to my eyes / Lifts away the blues when I rise / I hope that you’re coming to stay.
Bruce Springsteen

Share Quote

She told me once that the year she went to England she painted all her buttons yellow so she would remember what the sun felt like.
Brian Andreas

Share Quote

Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed towards the sun, one’s feet moving forward.
Nelson Mandela

Share Quote

Have you ever felt for anything / such wild love — / do you think there is anywhere, in any language, / a word billowing enough / for the pleasure / that fills you, / as the sun / reaches out, / as it warms you / as you stand there, / empty-handed.
Mary Oliver

Share Quote

A jaunty pop music song was playing and I realized what I felt … happy. It was such a strange, unusual feeling — light, calm, as though I’d swallowed sunshine.
Gail Honeyman

Share Quote

Laughter is sunshine; it chases winter from the human face.
Victor Hugo

Share Quote

Now I’m walking on sunshine, whoa / … / And don’t it feel good?
Katrina and the Waves

Share Quote

Never underestimate the effect one person can have on another … One person can rekindle a flame long thought dead and bring life where only cynicism formerly lived. To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
David Viscott

Share Quote

I was rich, if not in money, in sunny hours and summer days, and spent them lavishly.
Henry David Thoreau

Share Quote

You are the sunshine of my life / That’s why I’ll always stay around / You are the apple of my eye / Forever you’ll stay in my heart.
Stevie Wonder

Share Quote

It’s a glorious afternoon — the sky is blue and warm — the wind blows just enough to keep the clouds sailing, and the sunshine — oh such sunshine! It isn’t like gold, for gold is dim beside it; it isn’t like anything which you or I have seen!
Emily Dickinson

Share Quote

Featured image credit: exopixel/ Shutterstock

Author image
About the Author
Kristina Wright
Kristina is a coffee-fueled writer living happily ever after with her family in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia.
Play more header background
Play more icon
Daily Question
What playwright said, “Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand"?

More Inspiration

happiness theme icon

Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

separator icon
C.S. Lewis
motivation theme icon

When you run into something interesting, drop everything else and study it.

separator icon
B.F. Skinner
hope theme icon

Whatever you are, try to be a good one.

separator icon
William Makepeace Thackeray
love theme icon

You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind.

separator icon
Timothy Leary
wisdom theme icon

Art is made in hindsight.

separator icon
Virgil Abloh
happiness theme icon

In a dark time, the eye begins to see.

separator icon
Theodore Roethke
motivation theme icon

That virtue we appreciate is as much ours as another’s. We see so much only as we possess.

separator icon
Henry David Thoreau
hope theme icon

The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.

separator icon
Madeleine L'Engle
love theme icon

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.

separator icon
Martin Buber
wisdom theme icon

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.

separator icon
Bessie Anderson Stanley
happiness theme icon

Maybe who we are isn't so much about what we do, but rather what we're capable of when we least expect it.

separator icon
Jodi Picoult