What Is Indian Summer? 20 Best Indian Summer Quotes To Celebrate Warm, Endless Days

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What Is Indian Summer? + 20 Best Quotes About Indian Summer

What is an Indian Summer? According to Wikipedia, it's a period of unseasonably warm, dry weather that sometimes occurs in spring and autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Indian summers are common in North America and Asia. The US National Weather Service defines Indian Summer as 'weather conditions that are sunny and clear with above normal temperatures, occurring May 1st to Mid-June and late-September to mid-November.' 

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So essentially, Indian summer is when there are periods of extreme heat or summer like days in the middle of Autumn or Spring, which making it seem like the summer may never, ever end. Indian summers are an amazing break from chilly weather and make the summer feel endless. But Indian Summers aren't only a season; they're also a state of mind.

Here are some of the best Indian Summer quotes about the magical season:

1. The perfect combination. 

"The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled." -Henry Adams 

2. So poetic just like the season.  

"Lyric night of the lingering Indian summer, Shadowy fields that are scentless but full of singing. Never a bird, but the passionless chant of insects, Ceaseless, insistent. The grasshopper's horn, and far off, high in the maples The wheel of a locust slowly grinding the silence, Under a moon waning and worn and broken, Tired with summer." -Sarah Teasdale 

3. Hot and resilient. 

"Indian summer is like a woman." -Grace Metalious 

4. One that is never really dead. 

"The Indian summer, the dead summer's soul" -Mary C. Jones 

5. The beautiful colors of the changing seasons. 

"Indian summer, beauty of the warm unscathed crimson red and gold." 

6. Sounds perfect to us.

"It was an Indian summer, a bluebird sort of day as we call it in the North, warm and sunny,  without a breath of wind; the water was sky-blue, the shores a bank of solid gold."  

7. A good surprise is always the best. 

"You're like an Indian summer in the middle of Winter, like a hard candy  with a surprise center" -Ginanimous

8. It's truly a magical. 

"Summer, you old Indian summer. You're the tear that comes after June-times laughter. You see so many dreams that don't come true. Dreams we fashioned when summertime was new" -Tony Bennett 

9. The perfect season. 

"Indian summer, the wonder, the hunger, and the sound of distant thunder, Indian summer."

10. Welcome with open arms.

"Oh hello, sweet Indian summer" 

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11. Long summer days are always perfect. 

"The perfect weather of Indian summer lengthened and lingered, warm sunny days were followed by brisk nights with Halloween a presentiment in the air." -Wallace Stegner 

12. That made all the difference.

"In the depth of Winter I finally learned that there was in me an invinicible summer." -Albert Camus

13. Honeymoon is everyday during an Indian Summer.

"The honeymoon was taking place in the bittersweet mysteries of Indian summer in New England" -Kurt Vonnegut

14. And the brightest.

"Autumn... the year's last, lovliest smile." -William Cullen Bryant

15. Definitely sounds amazing. 

"Indian summer, fresh mown grass. Can you, Mister Bush, light the sage? Can you, anyone that's listening, find a way. It is clear, it is clear. That we need another way, another way to pray" -Tori Amos 

16. A season where you feel the most alive. 

“This strangely still pause between summer and autumn, greenery and gold, and the heat and rising wind that is once again readying itself to rush it all away in a climactic symphony of color and scent is ~ in my opinion, one of the best parts of living on earth." -Victoria Erikson

17. It's inevitable the Autumn has to come. 

"And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and Autumn was awakened." -Raquel Franco

18. The heat doesn't end. 

"September is the new July."  

19. It happens that fast sometimes. 

"And all at once, Summer collapsed into Fall." -Oscar Wilde 

20. Because paradise can be in your mind. 

"And I'm taking in, the Indian summer. And I'm soaking it up in my mind. And I'm pretending like it's paradise" -Van Morrison

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Molly Given is a writer living in Philadelphia and lover of all things to do with mystery and magic in life. When she’s not writing her fingers off she can be found planning her next adventure in a new part of the world.