Jule Romans is the author of "Short and Sweet Shakespeare Love Quotes" and other Shakespeare quote collections.
Shakespeare Quotes for Springtime
These Shakespeare quotes about Spring range from simple to complex, from celebratory to cautionary. Each one is briefly explained in easy to understand language.
Enjoy these quotes for their light meanings, or contemplate the more complex connotations. Several are excellent to use in cards, gifts, or bouquets.
1. Spring Renewal
In the Spring,
When proud-pied April dress'd in all his trim
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing.
– Sonnet 98
The month of April is made into the image of a person who is proudly dressed in the best clothes and brings a spirit of joy and fun to everything. This is a great quote to send with a cheery bouquet of Spring flowers.
2. Lovers Love the Spring
In the Spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding.
Sweet lovers love the Spring.
– As You Like It Act V, Scene iii
Lovers love the springtime, birds are celebrating and everything rings with renewal. This is a good quote to share with a friend at the end of Winter.
3. Spring Is a Little Wild
'twixt May and April is to see,
When winds breathe sweet, untidy though they be.
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– A Lover's Complaint
Spring may bring some unruly winds, but they are sweet and wonderful anyway. This is a nice quote with a little dash of philosophy thrown in.
4. Spring Eventually Wins
As sun and showers
There had made a lasting Spring.
– Henry VIII Act III, Scene i
Sunshine and rain make Spring become real, and they herald the true end of Winter. Use this quote in combination with a card to add some depth to your message.
5. Harbingers of Spring
The spring is near when green geese are a-breeding.
– Love's Labour's Lost Act I, Scene i
When we hear the geese come back, Spring is near. Sounds pretty obvious, but it can be fun to use this quote to add a dash of class to a note or gift.
6. The Winds of Springtime
Unruly blasts wait on the tender spring;
– Lucrece (Poem)
Winter’s cold winds may seem to destroy the Spring warmth in the very beginning, but eventually, Spring will win. This quote, taken out of context, could also be a good quote to encourage a friend.
7. Violets in Spring
Who are the violets now
That strew the green lap of the new-come spring?
– Richard II Act V, Scene ii
Violets appear on the green grass in the springtime, and we can be just as happy as the violets if we choose. There’s a metaphorical message here, that would enhance or go well with a graphic design or picture card.
8. Blooming Meadows
When daisies pied and violets blue
And lady-smocks all silver-white
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight,
– Love's Labour's Lost Act V, Scene ii
This is a celebration of the meadow flowers that bloom in Spring and give us hope. It would go well with a bouquet.
9. Spirit of Spring
As full of spirit as the month of May,
And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer;
– Henry IV, Part 1, Act IV, Scene i
This is a great description to apply to someone that you really admire.
Shakespeare Love Quotes About Spring
These Shakespeare love quotes refer to Spring and celebrate renewal of love. They are great to use to express yourself in cards, gifts, or bouquets.
10. Spring is Love in the Eyes
The April 's in her eyes: it is love's spring,
And these the showers to bring it on. Be cheerful.
– Antony and Cleopatra Act III, Scene ii
A nice celebration of how happy love can make us. This is a great encouraging quote about new love.
11. Love is Gentle and Fresh Like Spring
Love's gentle Spring doth always fresh remain,
– Venus and Adonis
Love can feel forever new, and this quote expresses that sentiment well.
12. Spring and Love Are Both Imperfect
A heart unspotted is not easily daunted.
The purest Spring is not so free from mud
– Henry VI, Part 2, Act III, Scene i
Nothing is perfect, not even love. A true heart knows that, and is not afraid. There's a bit of a question about the word "spring" here. Shakespeare may be referring to a brook or creek rather than the season. It is a good quote, though, so it is included.
13. Love is New Like Spring
O, how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day,
– Two Gentlemen of Verona Act I, Scene iii
Sometimes the very beginning of love is just like the very beginning of Spring- beautiful but uncertain.
14. Find Your Love in Springtime
Love, whose month is ever May,
Spied a blossom passing fair.
– Love's Labour's Lost Act IV, Scene iii
Springtime is the best season for love, and the month of May is best of all. It's a time of discovery and especially finding new love, just as the metaphor of seeing a pretty blossom suggests.
Shakespeare Quotes About Spring With Deeper Meanings
These quotes are interesting, but probably not appropriate for celebratory occasions. Nonetheless, they provide a richness and depth of meaning. These Shakespeare quotes about Spring range from metaphor to philosophy.
15. Take Action Early
Now 'tis the Spring, and weeds are shallow-rooted;
Suffer them now, and they'll o'ergrow the garden
And choke the herbs for want of husbandry.
– Henry VI, Part 2, Act III, Scene i
This is a cautionary comment for rooting out bad habits before they take hold and spoil things by killing the good plants. Husbandry in this case means taking good care of land and property.
16. Contrast Makes Appreciation
Like little frosts that sometime threat the spring,
To add a more rejoicing to the prime.
– Lucrece (Poem)
This is a nice reminder that contrasts make the good things more enjoyable. There seem to inevitably be some little frosts in springtime that "threaten" us about the winter that has passed. Those little frosts that pass quickly actually make us celebrate the new season even more.
17. Don't Lose Your Head
Well, bear you well in this new spring of time,
Lest you be cropp'd before you come to prime.
– Richard II, Act V, Scene ii
There's a bit of a dark tone in this one, especially if you read it in context. It is even a bit cautionary. Enjoy the newness, and most importantly, handle yourself well when things are new and exciting. If you don't you may find that you are cut down before your time.
18. We Do Not Always Know the Future
A day in April never came so sweet,
To show how costly summer was at hand,
– Merchant of Venice Act II, Scene ix
We do not always know what is to come. Sometimes the sweet days of spring don't show the summer's challenges that may occur.
19. Hope Comes in Spring
As in an early spring
We see th' appearing buds; which to prove fruit
Hope gives not so much warrant,
– Henry IV, Part 2, Act I, Scene iii
At the beginning of Spring, we see buds that we hope will come to fruit. The implication here is that hope isn't always realized.
20. Spring Is Always Welcome
O rash false heat, wrapp'd in repentant cold,
Thy hasty Spring still blasts, and ne'er grows old!
– Lucrece (Poem)
This is another quote that can be taken two different ways when it stands alone. In context, it takes on a darker meaning, but when used as a stand-alone quotation it can imply that the fast warming of Spring is always welcome as it comes through the cold that is leftover from Winter.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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