This is the seventh installment in our twelve-part A Year Outstanding series, where we share quotes, affirmations, and interesting facts to inspire your outstanding inner self every month of the year.
For most of us in the Northern Hemisphere, July is a month of pool days, swim suits, and summer celebrations. Schools are out of session while summer camps and family vacations are in full swing. July can be home to sweltering heat and humidity, prompting thousands to visit their local pools and beaches.
For those of us north of the equator, the sun in July sets later and even after, the evenings and nights retain their cozy warmth. I’ve personally had some of my best memories during these summer nights.
In the US, Canada, and France, July is also a month of intense patriotism, as each of these countries’ celebrate their national days in the month.
Whatever July means to you, I hope these quotes and interesting facts will inspire you to reach for the summer joy of which you are wholly deserving.
July Quotes about Summer
Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. — Sam Keen
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 summer night is like a perfection of thought. — Wallace Stevens
If June was the beginning of a hopeful summer, and July the juice middle, August was suddenly feeling like the bitter end. — Sarah Dessen
Do what we can, summer will have its flies. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well. ― George R.R. Martin
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
Why is summer mist romantic and autumn mist just sad? — Dodie Smith
July Quotes about Warm Weather
In the old parts of Nice, the family tables are out in the cobbled streets so that you can’t drive past. They insist you join them at midnight on a hot July evening. So that’s just what you do, abandoning the car. — Mary Quant
Hot July brings cooling showers, Apricots and gillyflowers. — Sara Coleridge
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 love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket. ― Kellie Elmore
I have always had a certain aversion to heat. And for me, the name of the game on the stage is ‘beat the heat.’ It’s always July under the lights. ― Bob Weir
I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks for the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on summer humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives. ― Ann Voskamp
July is hot afternoons and sultry nights and mornings when its joy just to be alive. July is a picnic and a red canoe and a sunburned neck and a softball game and ice tinkling in a tall glass. July is a blind date with summer. — Hal Borland
July Quotes about Winter
But here I am in July, and why am I thinking about Christmas pudding? Probably because we always pine for what we do not have. The winter seems cozy and romantic in the hell of summer, but hot beaches and sunlight are what we yearn for all winter. — Joanna Franklin Bell
What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. — John Steinbeck
Being a traditionalist, I’m a rabid sucker for Christmas. In July, I’m already worried that there are only 146 shopping days left. — John Waters
July, that lovely hell, all velvet dresses and drapes stuffed into a hot little hole. — Laura Kasischke
Working is bad enough in the winter, but in the summer it can become completely intolerable. Stuck in airless offices, every fiber of our being seems to cry out for freedom. We’re reminded of being stuck in double maths while the birds sing outside. — Tom Hodgkinson
If ant hills are high in July, the coming winter will be hard. ― American Folklore
He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter. — John Burroughs
A man says a lot of things in summer he doesn’t mean in winter. ― Patricia Briggs
Every July, I look forward to taping a Christmas show—in July in Nashville. In 98-degree weather. I love it. — Larry the Cable Guy
Thinking back to when it’s warm outside. Oh, why couldn’t Christmas be in July? ― Haley Mary Artzab
When Christmas comes in July I often serve plum pudding pie with hot coffee or tea of chai; while air conditioning’s on high. ― Paterson Mooney
The hype for Christmas in July certainly seems quite widespread across the States, and it’s also a great excuse to party. ― Shelley Roes
July Quotes about Life
There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life’s July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November. ― Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the long dusks of summer, we walked the suburban streets through scents of maple and cut grass, waiting for something to happen. ― Steven Millhauser
Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams. — Hosea Ballou
Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon. — C. Day Lewis
My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July. — Rick Bass
When the sun is shining, I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome. — Wilma Rudolph
July is high burglary season because so many people leave town. ― Jean Chatzky
July Quotes about Love
Summer romances end for all kinds of reasons. But when all is said and done, they have one thing in common: They are shooting stars-a spectacular moment of light in the heavens, a fleeting glimpse of eternity. And in a flash, they’re gone. — Nicholas Sparks
We can’t possibly have a summer love. So many people have tried that the name’s become proverbial. Summer is only the unfulfilled promise of spring, a charlatan in place of the warm balmy nights I dream of in April. It’s a sad season of life without growth. It has no day. — F. Scott Fitzgerald
Summer bachelors like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be. — Nora Ephron
I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year. — Edna St. Vincent Millay
I could taste the salt on her lips, each kiss like a summer wave breaking on an empty beach. — Michael Faudet
A life without love is like a year without summer. — Swedish Proverb
Sweet, sweet burn of sun and summer wind, and you my friend, my new fun thing, my summer fling. — K.D. Lang
Some of the best memories are made in flip flops. ― Kellie Elmore
Funny July Quotes
Summer vacation: where you drink triple, see double and act single. — Unknown
It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do. — Walter Winchell
A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp. — Raymond Duncan
Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. — Russell Baker
Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer’s day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented. — Gilbert K. Chesterton
July is a blind date with summer. — Hal Borland
A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawnmower is broken. — James Dent
With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? — Oscar Wilde
July Quotes about the Fourth of July
This, for the purpose of this celebration, is the 4th of July. It is the birthday of your National Independence, and of your political freedom. This, to you, is what the Passover was to the emancipated people of God. — Frederick Douglass
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. — Erma Bombeck
Independence Day, July 4th, or as I know it: Out with the British day!― Steven Magee
Watching everybody have such a fantastic time, loving life, loving America―I wish that was the feeling year-round, that it didn’t take the Fourth of July for us to be like, ‘Yeah, America is awesome.’ ― Tim Kennedy
It’s Fourth of July weekend, or, as I call it, Exploding Christmas. ― Stephen Colbert
There are lots of emotions that go with the fourth of July. — Dan Harmon
Poems about July
In June we picked the clover, and sea-shells in July:
There was no silence at the door,
No word from the sky.
A hand came out of August and flicked his life away:
We had not time to bargain, mope, Moralize, or pray.
— Cecil Day-Lewis
The Summer looks out from her brazen tower,
Through the flashing bars of July.
— Francis Thompson
Those who in July do wed,
Must labour for their daily bread…
Married in July with flowers ablaze,
Bitter-sweet memories in after days.
― New Zealand Proverb
The London trees are dusty-brown
Beneath the summer sky;
My love, she dwells in London town,
Nor leaves it in July.
― Amy Levy
Interesting Facts about July
The United States, Belarus, Venezuela, Argentina, Belgium, the Bahamas, and the Maldives all celebrate their independence during July.
France and Canada also celebrate their national days in July.
On average, July is the warmest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
July’s birthstone is the Ruby.
July’s birth flowers are the Larkspur and the Water Lily.
July’s zodiac signs are Cancer (June 21 to July 22) and Leo (July 23 – August 22).
Historical Moments in July
July 4, 1776 — The Continental Congress approves the United States Declaration of Independence. (Wikipedia)
July 14, 1789 — French civilian insurgents storm the Bastille, an action which ultimately led to the French Revolution. (Wikipedia)
July 16, 1945 — The first nuclear bomb is detonated as part of a test at the Trinity Site in New Mexico. (Wikipedia)
July 19, 1848 — The first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, NY, giving rise to the feminist movement. (Wikipedia)
July 20, 1969 — Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first human beings to set foot on the moon. (Wikipedia)
Holidays in July
July 1 — Canada Day
Canada’s national day celebrates the anniversary of Canadian confederation on July 1, 1867. Prior to confederation, Canada was made up of three separate colonies: Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. To mark this new unified dominion, the day was originally called Dominion Day until its name was changed in 1982. (Wikipedia)
July 4 — Independence Day
In the United States, Independence Day celebrates the approval of the US Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. It was with this declaration that the thirteen American colonies formally rejected British rule and declared themselves to be independent. (Wikipedia)
July 14 — Bastille Day
Known in France as Fête nationale (“National celebration”), Bastille Day is France’s national day. It celebrates the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, an major event that led to the French Revolution. Each year, the celebration has culminates in a massive military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, the oldest and largest of its kind in Europe. (Wikipedia)
Famous Birthdays in July
Thurgood Marshall — July 2, 1908
Calvin Coolidge — July 4, 1872
PT Barnum — July 5, 1810
Arthur Ashe — July 10, 1943
John Quincy Adams — July 11, 1767
Henry David Thoreau — July 12, 1817
Woody Guthrie — July 14, 1912
Gerald Ford — July 14, 1913
Rembrandt — July 15, 1606
Nelson Mandela — July 18, 1918
Edgar Degas — July 19, 1834
Edmund Hillary — July 20, 1919
Ernest Hemingway — July 21, 1899
Amelia Earhart — July 24, 1898
George Bernard Shaw — July 26, 1856
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — July 28, 1929
Benito Mussolini — July 29, 1883
Henry Ford — July 30, 1863