July Quotes to Celebrate the Summer Season

"Hot July brings cooling showers, apricots, and gillyflowers."

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Three cheers for the red, white, and blue. Southerners love the month of July for many reasons. It's the perfect time of year to enjoy a day by the pool or a mouthwatering barbecue spread. Summer vacations, porch parties, and picnics are only made better by celebratory 4th of July fireworks. And celebrate, we shall! With July comes Independence Day–a holiday dedicated to honoring "The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave."

Let these July quotes inspire you to commemorate the summer season like never before. Great thinkers, politicians, and artists have expressed profound sentiments and July sayings; let their encouraging words arouse a deep sense of excitement for summer as we celebrate sunshine, lazy Sundays, and homemade ice cream. Read through these hello July quotes and choose the one that sparks your interest.

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I drifted into a summer-nap under the hot shade of July, serenaded by a cicada lullaby, to drowsy-warm dreams of distant thunder. –Terri Guillemets
I drifted into a summer-nap under the hot shade of July, serenaded by a cicada lullaby, to drowsy-warm dreams of distant thunder. –Terri Guillemets. Southern Living

I drifted into a summer-nap under the hot shade of July, serenaded by a cicada lullaby, to drowsy-warm dreams of distant thunder. –Terri Guillemets

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The summer night is like a perfection of thought. - Wallace Stevens
The summer night is like a perfection of thought. - Wallace Stevens. Southern Living

The summer night is like a perfection of thought. - Wallace Stevens

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And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. - F. Scott Fitzgerald
And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. - F. Scott Fitzgerald. Southern Living

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Hot July brings cooling showers, apricots and gillyflowers. – Sara Coleridge
Hot July brings cooling showers, apricots and gillyflowers. – Sara Coleridge. Southern Living

Hot July brings cooling showers, apricots and gillyflowers. – Sara Coleridge

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I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket. - Kellie Elmore
I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket. - Kellie Elmore. Southern Living

I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket. - Kellie Elmore

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Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams. - Hosea Ballou
Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams. - Hosea Ballou. Southern Living

Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams. - Hosea Ballou

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The summer looks out from her brazen tower, through the flashing bars of July. – Francis Thompson
The summer looks out from her brazen tower, through the flashing bars of July. – Francis Thompson. Southern Living

The summer looks out from her brazen tower, through the flashing bars of July. – Francis Thompson

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Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. – Sam Keen
Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. – Sam Keen. Southern Living

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. – Sam Keen

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With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? - Oscar Wilde
With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? - Oscar Wilde. Southern Living

With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? - Oscar Wilde

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I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom. - Bob Dylan
I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom. - Bob Dylan. Southern Living

I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom. - Bob Dylan

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For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Nelson Mandela
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Nelson Mandela. Southern Living

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Nelson Mandela

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Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. - James Bryce
Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. - James Bryce. Southern Living

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. - James Bryce

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I think patriotism is like charity — it begins at home. - Henry James
I think patriotism is like charity — it begins at home. - Henry James. Southern Living

I think patriotism is like charity — it begins at home. - Henry James

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The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful and virtuous. - Frederick Douglass
The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful and virtuous. - Frederick Douglass. Southern Living

The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful and virtuous. - Frederick Douglass

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The essence of America, that which really unites us, is not ethnicity or nationality or religion. It is an idea, and what an idea it is — that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. - Condoleezza Rice
The essence of America, that which really unites us, is not ethnicity or nationality or religion. It is an idea, and what an idea it is — that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. - Condoleezza Rice. Southern Living

The essence of America, that which really unites us, is not ethnicity or nationality or religion. It is an idea, and what an idea it is — that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. - Condoleezza Rice

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Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit. - Ronald Reagan
Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit. - Ronald Reagan. Southern Living

Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit. - Ronald Reagan

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We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. - William Faulkner
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. - William Faulkner. Southern Living

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. - William Faulkner

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One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation evermore! - Oliver Wendell Holmes
One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation evermore! - Oliver Wendell Holmes. Southern Living

One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation evermore! - Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Liberty is the breath of life to nations. - George Bernard Shaw
Liberty is the breath of life to nations. - George Bernard Shaw.

Liberty is the breath of life to nations. - George Bernard Shaw

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Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness. - Louis D. Brandeis
Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness. - Louis D. Brandeis. Southern Living

Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness. - Louis D. Brandeis

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Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. - Abraham Lincoln
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. - Abraham Lincoln. Southern Living

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. - Abraham Lincoln

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With freedom comes responsibility. - Eleanor Roosevelt
With freedom comes responsibility. - Eleanor Roosevelt. Southern Living

With freedom comes responsibility. - Eleanor Roosevelt

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If you’re not barefoot, then you’re overdressed. – Unknown
If you’re not barefoot, then you’re overdressed. – Unknown. Southern Living

If you're not barefoot, then you're overdressed. – Unknown

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America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor. - Paul Tsongas
America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor. - Paul Tsongas. Southern Living

America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor. - Paul Tsongas

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Give me liberty or give me death! - Patrick Henry
Give me liberty or give me death! - Patrick Henry. Southern Living

Give me liberty or give me death! - Patrick Henry

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From every mountainside, let freedom ring. - Martin Luther King Jr.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring. - Martin Luther King Jr. Southern Living

From every mountainside, let freedom ring. - Martin Luther King Jr.

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America means opportunity, freedom, power. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
America means opportunity, freedom, power. - Ralph Waldo Emerson. Southern Living

America means opportunity, freedom, power. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. - John F. Kennedy
Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. - John F. Kennedy. Southern Living

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. - John F. Kennedy

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America, to me, is freedom. - Willie Nelson
America, to me, is freedom. - Willie Nelson. Southern Living

America, to me, is freedom. - Willie Nelson

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Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. - John Lubbock
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. - John Lubbock. Southern Living

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. - John Lubbock

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May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. - Peter Marshall
May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. - Peter Marshall. Southern Living

May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. - Peter Marshall

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In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. - Franklin D. Roosevelt. Southern Living

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. - Albert Camus
Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. - Albert Camus. Southern Living

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. - Albert Camus

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No other date on the calendar more potently symbolizes all that our nation stands for than the Fourth of July. - Mac Thornberry
No other date on the calendar more potently symbolizes all that our nation stands for than the Fourth of July. - Mac Thornberry. Southern Living

No other date on the calendar more potently symbolizes all that our nation stands for than the Fourth of July. - Mac Thornberry

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Dreams are the foundation of America. - Lupita Nyong’o
Dreams are the foundation of America. - Lupita Nyong’o. Southern Living

Dreams are the foundation of America. - Lupita Nyong'o

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