"If you're not barefoot, then you're overdressed."

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Summertime, and the living is easy. Summer will have its flies. Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Summer…nobody can stop talking about it. And for good reason. It's the season of hot days and cold drinks, beach trips and barbecue. It might get hot as all get-out, but we're still happy as larks when it arrives with a sultry vengeance. Turns out, we aren't the only ones. Summertime has inspired plenty of literary quotes, song lyrics, and general ruminations to last you all season long. Here are 38 summer quotes that'll have you ready for lazy afternoons, fresh watermelon, tan lines, and The Beach Boys.

Funny Summer Quotes

"When I figured out how to work my grill, it was quite a moment. I discovered that summer is a completely different experience when you know how to grill." –Taylor Swift

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

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." –Sam Keen

Southern Living

"When all else fails, take a vacation." –Betty Williams

"If summer had one defining scent, it'd definitely be the smell of barbecue." –Katie Lee

"A man says a lot of things in summer he doesn't mean in winter." –Patricia Briggs, Dragon Blood

"She was sippin' on Southern and singing Marshall Tucker. We were fallin' in love in the sweet heart of summer." –Florida Georgia Line

"Summer bachelors, like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be." –Nora Ephron

Southern Living

"Do what we can, summer will have its flies." –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cute Summer Quotes

"Summertime is always the best of what might be." –Charles Bowden

"I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June." –L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island

"Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June." –Al Bernstein

Southern Living

"I love summertime more than anything else in the world. That is the only thing that gets me through the winter, knowing that summer is going to be there." –Jack McBrayer

"Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August." –Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

"'Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about." –John Mayer

"Friends, sun, sand, and sea, that sounds like a summer to me." –Unknown

"Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." ­–Van Morrison

"In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different." –John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

"Summertime, and the living is easy." –Ella Fitzgerald

Southern Living

"Summer is singing with joy, and the beaches are inviting you with dancing waves." –Debasish Mridha, Sweet Rhymes from Sweet Hearts

"In summer, the song sings itself." –William Carlos Williams

Nostalgic Summer Quotes

"One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by." –Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

"The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last for ever. Even on the most beautiful days in the whole year—the days when summer is changing into autumn—the crickets spread the rumor of sadness and change." –E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

"I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer—its dust and lowering skies." –Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

"It is easy to forget now, how effervescent and free we all felt that summer." –Anna Godbersen, Bright Young Things

Southern Living

"In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible." –Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

"A good swimming pool could do that—make the rest of the world seem impossibly insignificant, as far away as the surface of the moon." –Emma Straub, The Vacationers

"One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter." –Henry David Thoreau

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"If it could only be like this always—always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe." –Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

"I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this." –Susan Branch

More Summer Quotes from Literature

"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, The Great Gatsby

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

"Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you're not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don't have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out." –Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

Southern Living

"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness." –John Steinbeck

"It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside." –Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy, Tacy and Tib

"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" –William Shakespeare

"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, The Use of Life

"Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon." – C. Day Lewis

WATCH: How to Make Key Lime Pound Cake

Speaking of summertime, this cake tastes just like a slice of it. Key lime and pound cake make quite the happy marriage. (June wedding, perhaps?)

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