The long stretch of May is at last here — would you be able to trust it? I realize I scarcely can, yet these May Day cites help me to grasp it in spite of how rapidly time is flying by. May Day speaks to various things, yet a standout amongst the most wonderful, as I would like to think, is its festival of the mid-year to come and the ripeness of spring. There’s no denying that it is so wondrous to see green leaves growing on trees that have been in hibernation all winter. I realize that once I see that first yellow daffodil come up at my neighborhood park, I feel all the passionate load from winter being lifted from me and a grin in a split second show up all over.

100 May Day Quotes

May Day Quotes

  • Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • If we had no winter the spring would not be so pleasant. Anne Bradstreet
  • Every flower must grow through dirt Laurie Jean Sennott
  • I hear the sounds of melting the snow outside my window every night and with the first faint scent of spring, I remember life exists…-John Geddes
  • You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming. Pablo Neruda
  • No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. Hal Borland
  • That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.-L.M. Montgomery
  • Let go of yesterday. Let today be a new beginning and be the best that you can, and you’ll get to where God wants you to be. Joel Osteen
  • Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes. Carl Friedrich Gauss
  • It is so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done. Matthew ArnoldMay Day
  • Every new beginning comes from other beginning’s end. Seneca
  • Autumn arrives in the early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day. Elizabeth Bowen
  • From the end spring new beginnings. Pliny the Elder
  • Is spring coming? he said. What is it like?… It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…-Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.-Rainer Maria Rilke
  • May Day is a traditional spring holiday observed on 1st May annually.

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  • Another May new buds and flowers shall bring: Ah! why has happiness no second Spring? Charlotte Smith
  • Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date. William Shakespeare
  • May, queen of blossoms, and fulfilling flowers, With what pretty music Shall we charm the hours? Does wilt thou have pipe and reed, Blown in the open mead? Or to the lute give heed In the green bowers. Lord Edward Thurlow
  • With the coming of spring, I am calm again. Gustav MahlerBest May Day Quotes
  • Spring is nature‘s way of saying, Let’s party! Robin Williams
  • Ah! my heart is weary waiting, Waiting for the May: Waiting for the pleasant rambles Where the fragrant hawthorn brambles, Where the woodbine alternating, Scent the dewy way; Ah! my heart is weary, waiting, Waiting for the May. Denis Florence McCarthy
  • Among the changing months, May stands confest the sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed. James Thomson
  • There’s her cousin, she was not possessed with a fury, exceeds her as much in beauty as the first of May doth the last of December. William Shakespeare
  • The sun was warm but the wind was chill. Robert FrostMay Day Quotes – With the coming of spring, I am calm again.- Gustav Mahler

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  • All furnished, all in arms; All plum’d like estridges that with the wind Bated like eagles having lately bathed; Glittering in golden coats like images; As full of spirit as the month of May And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer; Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls. William Shakespeare
  • Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire. Virgil
  • Isn’t it appropriate that the month of the tax begins with April Fool’s Day and ends with cries of May Day!?
  • As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in Midsummer. William Shakespeare
  • Hebe’s here, May is here! The air is fresh and sunny, And the miser-bees are busy Hoarding golden honey. Thomas Bailey AldrichTop May Day Quotes
  • April is a promise that May is bound to keep. Hal Borland
  • Oh! That we two were Maying Down the stream of the soft spring breeze; Like children with violets playing, In the shade of the whispering trees. Charles Kingsley
  • In the under-wood and the over-wood there is murmur and trill this day, For every bird is in lyric mood, And the wind will have its way. Clinton Scollard
  • No doubt they rose up early to observe the rite of May; and, hearing our intent, Came here in grace of our solemnity. William Shakespeare
  • Sweet May hath come to love us, Flowers, trees, their blossoms don; And through the blue
  • Another May new buds and flowers shall bring: Ah! why has happiness no second Spring? Charlotte Smith
  • With the coming of spring, I am calm again. Gustav Mahler
  • The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May. Edwin Way Teale
  • Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire. Virgil
  • As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in Midsummer. William ShakespeareMay Day
  • What potent blood hath modest May. Ralph W. Emerson
  • It was the month of May, the month when the foliage of herbs and trees is most freshly green when buds ripened and blossoms appear in their fragrance and loveliness. And the month when lovers, subject to the same force which reawakens the plants, feel their hearts open again, recall past trysts and past vows, and moments of tenderness, and yearn for a renewal of the magical awareness which is love. Sir Thomas Malory
  • Hebe’s here, May is here! The air is fresh and sunny, And the miser-bees are busy Hoarding golden honey. Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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  • Ah! my heart is weary waiting, Waiting for the May: Waiting for the pleasant rambles Where the fragrant hawthorn brambles, Where the woodbine alternating, Scent the dewy way; Ah! my heart is weary, waiting, Waiting for the May. Denis Florence McCarthy
  • Among the changing months, May stands confest the sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed. James Thomson
  • I thought that spring must last forevermore; for I was young and loved, and it was May. Vera Brittain
  • You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming. Pablo Neruda
  • Queer things happen in the garden in May. Little faces forgotten to appear, and plants thought to be dead suddenly wave a green hand to confound you. E. Johns
  • The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also. Harriet Ann Jacobs
  • Horticulturally, the month of May is opening night, Homecoming, and Graduation Day all rolled into one. Tam MossmanMay Day Quotes
  • When April steps aside for May, like diamonds all the rain-drops
  • glisten; fresh violets open every day: to some new bird each hour we listen. Lucy Larcom
  • God tells us all things at the price of labor. Leonardo da Vinci
  • Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius
  • Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work, one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. Ralph Waldo
  • If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool. Abraham Lincoln
  • A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity. Thomas Jefferson
  • Without labor, nothing prospers. Sophocles
  • There is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem. Booker T. Washington
  • A skilled worker, regardless of the job description, remains a treasure. UnknownBest May Day Quotes
  • It is labor indeed that puts the difference in everything. John Locke
  • Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the blessing of earth is toil. Henry Van Dyke
  • The end of labor is to gain leisure. Aristotle
  • We work to become, not to acquire. Elbert Hubbard
  • Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience. George Washington
  • All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • When work is a pleasure, life is a joy. When work is a duty, life is slavery.  Maxim Gorky
  • It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage that we move on to better things. Theodore Roosevelt
  • Labor disgraces no man. Unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor. Ulysses S. Grant
  • A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is an invisible labor. Victor HugoMay Day Messages
  • Work keeps at bay three great evils: boredom, vice, and need. Voltaire
  • There is nothing laudable in work for work’s sake. John Stuart Mill
  • Every man is a consumer, and ought to be a producer. He fails to make his place good in the world unless not only he pays his debt but also adds something to the commonwealth. Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  • By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day. Robert Frost
  • A bad day at work is better than a good day in hell. Scott Johnson
  • Without labor, nothing prospers. Sophocles
  • Work is the means of living, but it is not living. Josiah Gilbert Holland
  • From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. Karl Marx
  • Everything is blooming most recklessly. if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Ah! my heart is weary waiting, Waiting for the May: Waiting for the pleasant rambles Where the fragrant hawthorn brambles, Where the woodbine alternating, Scent the dewy way; Ah! my heart is weary, waiting, Waiting for the May. Denis Florence McCarthyMay Day Messages
  • May, queen of blossoms, and fulfilling flowers, With what pretty music Shall we charm the hours? Does wilt thou have pipe and reed, Blown in the open mead? Or to the lute give heed In the green bowers.” — Lord Edward Thurlow
  • Sweet May hath come to love us, Flowers, trees, their blossoms don; And through the blue heavens above us The very clouds move on.” — Heinrich Heine
  • All furnished, all in arms; All plum’d like estridges that with the wind Bated like eagles having lately bathed; Glittering in golden coats like images; As full of spirit as the month of May And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer; Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls.” — William Shakespeare
  • Among the changing months, May stands confest the sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed.” — James Thomson

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  • Hebe’s here, May is here! The air is fresh and sunny, and the miser-bees are busy Hoarding golden honey.” — Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • In the under-wood and the over-wood there is murmur and trill this day, For every bird is in lyric mood, And the wind will have its way.   Clinton Scollard
  • No doubt they rose up early to observe the rite of May; and, hearing our intent, Came here in grace of our solemnity.  William Shakespeare
  • There’s her cousin, she was not possessed with a fury, exceeds her as much in beauty as the first of May doth the last of December.  William Shakespeare
  • Oh! That we two were Maying Down the stream of the soft spring breeze; Like children with violets playing, In the shade of the whispering trees.  Charles Kingsley
  • Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. Albert EinsteinMay Day Quotes
  • All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. E. Lawrence
  • My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. Indira Gandhi
  • As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in Midsummer. William Shakespeare
  • Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length, the season of summer does come. Thomas Carlyle
  • Hoe while it is spring, and enjoy the best anticipations. It is not much matter if things do not turn out well. Charles Dudley Warner
  • All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Hebe’s here, May is here!
    The air is fresh and sunny;
    And the miser-bees are busy
    Hoarding golden honey. Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers:
    Of April, May, or June, and July flowers.
    I sing of Maypoles, Hock-carts, wassails, wakes,
    Of bridegrooms, brides, and of the bridal cakes.  Robert Herrick 
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    Sweet May hath come to love us,Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;

    And through the blue heavens above us

    The very clouds move on.     Heinrich Heine