103 Inspirational May Quotes for the Month of Merriment

May is the transitional month between spring and summer.

May is a month of enjoyment, celebration and regeneration, with bright weather, blossoming flowers and singing birds bringing pleasure and renewal to our lives.

To celebrate this joyous month, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most inspiring and thought-provoking quotes that perfectly reflect the essence of May month.


These quotes will motivate you to appreciate the beauty of the present moment and the simple joys of life.

May Quotes


May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel most alive. ~ Fennel Hudson.

You are as welcome as the flowers in May. ~ Charles Macklin.

It’s May, the lusty month of May, that darling month when everyone throws self-control away. ~ Alan Jay Lerner.

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, and summer’s lease hath all too short a date. ~ William Shakespeare.

The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit. ~ Thomas Malory.

The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May. ~ Edwin Way Teale.

What is so sweet and dear as a prosperous morn in May, the confident prime of the day. ~ William Watson.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. ~ Mark Twain.

Let all thy joys be as the month of May, and all thy days be as a marriage day. ~ Francis Quarles.

Best May Quotes

When April steps aside for May, like diamonds, all the raindrops glisten, fresh violets open every day to some new bird, each hour we listen. ~ Lucy Larcom.

I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May. ~ Smokey Robinson.


May: the lilacs are in bloom. Forget yourself. ~ Marty Rubin.

We roamed the fields and riversides when we were young and gay. We chased the bees and plucked the flowers in the merry, merry month of May. ~ Stephen Foster.

May, on the contrary, belongs to the Easter season, which lasts 50 days, and in that season, the whole of May commonly falls, and the first half always. ~ John Henry Newman.

As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in midsummer. ~ William Shakespeare.

May then is the month, if not of fulfilment, at least of promise. ~ John Henry Newman.

The flowery May, who from her green lap, throws the yellow cowslip and the pale primrose. Hail bounteous May that dost inspire mirth and youth and warm desire. Woods and groves are of thy dressing. Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing. ~ John Milton.

The month of May is a pleasant time. Its face is beautiful. The blackbird sings his full song. The living wood is his holding. The cuckoos are singing and ever singing. There is a welcome before the brightness of the summer. ~ Lady Gregory.

I cannot tell you what it was, but this I know, it did but pass. It passed away with sunny May, like all sweet things it passed away, and left me old, and cold, and gray. ~ Christina Georgina Rossetti.

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Lovely May Quotes

Another May, new buds and flowers shall bring. Ah! Why has happiness no second spring? ~ Charlotte Smith.


Welcome! O May! O joyous month and stainless! ~ Alfonso X of Castile.

It was outdoor detail, and May is one fine month to be working outdoors. ~ Stephen King.

May means long walks in the evenings, eating outside in the garden whenever possible, and lots of healthy, fresh salads to use up all the lovely summer veg that’s available. ~ Sophie Morris.

Marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day. Married when bees o’er May blossoms flit, strangers around your board will sit. ~ New Zealand Proverb.

I thought that spring must last forevermore. For I was young and loved, and it was May. ~ Vera Brittain.

May, it’s full of all the things that make spring and the brighter part of the year so special. Flowers bud, the sun shines, and new seeds are sewn into the fabric of our lives. May is awesome. ~ Jenna Danchuk.

Oh it was sweet to think that May should be ours again, hoping it not, I shrink out of the sight of men. ~ Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Was in the merry month of May when flowers were a bloomin’, sweet William on his death bed lay for the love of Barbara Allen. ~ Old English Ballad.

The flowers that should bloom in the month of May, every one of them came on an April day! And they looked for April showers in vain, but all through May it did nothing but rain! ~ Carolyn Wells.

Beautiful May Quotes

Cloud-piercing peak, and trackless heath, instinctive homage pay. Nor wants the dim-lit cave a wreath to honor thee, sweet May! ~ William Wordsworth.

A great difference between ‘May’ and ‘Day’ is the ‘M’ and ‘D!’ Be a good managing director of your life each day in May. ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah.

At last came the golden month of the wild folk honey-sweet May. When the birds come back, and the flowers come out, and the air is full of the sunrise scents and songs of the dawning year. ~ Samuel Scoville.

Winds of May that dance on the sea, dancing a ring-around in glee. From furrow to furrow, while overhead, the foam flies up to be garlanded. ~ James Joyce.

I cannot tell you how it was, but this I know, it came to pass upon a bright and sunny day when May was young. Ah, pleasant May! ~ Christina Georgina Rossetti.


The last days of May are among the longest of the year. ~ Alice Munro.

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 MacCarthy.

May and June, soft syllables, gentle names for the two best months in the garden year. Cool, misty mornings gently burned away with a warming spring sun, followed by breezy afternoons and chilly nights. The discussion of philosophy is over. It’s time for work to begin. ~ H. Peter Loewer.

This sweet and merry month of May, while nature wantons in her prime, and birds do sing, and beasts do play for the pleasure of the joyful time. ~ William Byrd.

Along with the greening of May came the rain. Then the clouds disappeared, and a soft pale lightness fell over the city as if Kyoto had broken free of its tethers and lifted up toward the sun. ~ Victoria Abbott Riccardi.

Famous May Quotes

I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers. Of April, May, or June, and July flowers. ~ Robert Herrick.

While from the purpling east departs. The star that led the dawn, blithe flora from her couch upstarts, for May is on the lawn. ~ William Wordsworth.


Rose of May, the sun that you are waiting for spring has come! ~ Irene Doura-Kavadia.

What potent blood hath modest May. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Yet though it be the chilliest May with least of sun and most of showers, its wind and dew, its night and day, bring up the flowers. ~ Christina Georgina Rossetti.

Golden haze, another morning feels like yesterday. End of May and now you’re gone, and there’s still bills to pay. ~ Timothy Paul Seely

There is but one May in the year, and sometimes May is wet and cold. There is but one May in the year before the year grows old. ~ Christina Georgina Rossetti.

There are years that ask questions and years that answer. ~ Zora Neale Hurston.

May! Queen of blossoms, and fulfilling flowers, with what pretty music shall we charm the hours? ~ Baron Thurlow.

Step aside to a brand new day. In the month of May, I feel I can start again. Life is feeling new. This is hope. This is love. This is where we all won. If you call, I will hear. I will listen for you. ~ Mychal Simka.

Inspiring May Quotes

Prose and drama are well enough for winter, but when nature swells the darling buds of May, my spirit craves three things: poetry, painting, and love. ~ Joan Smith.

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. ~ Ella Fitzgerald.


I’m only wishing to go a-fishing; For this the month of May was made. ~ Henry Van Dyke.

O, the month of May, the merry month of May. So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green! ~ Thomas Dekker.

May day is a great time to plan or put on a Spring Festival for parents. Students can sing their favorite songs, recite poems, and perform the Maypole dance. ~ Elizabeth Cole Midgley.

Oh! Fragrant is the breath of May in tranquil garden closes, and soft yet regal is her sway among the springtide roses. ~ William Hamilton Hayne.

Hebe’s here, May is here! The air is fresh and sunny, and the miser-bees are busy hoarding golden honey. ~ Thomas Bailey Aldrich.

May is the most beautiful month of the year, a month alive with warm color. The flowers and trees are in full bloom, and even the sun joins this rhapsody be emitting warmer rays. ~ Lillian Berliner.

Top May Quotes

And after winter folweth grene May. ~ Geoffrey Chaucer.

It was the month of May, the month when lovers, subject to the same force which reawakens the plants, feel their hearts open again, recall past trusts and past vows, and moments of tenderness, and yearn for a renewal of the magical awareness which is love. ~ Thomas Malory.


It is the month, the jolly month. It is the jolly month of May. ~ Francis Thompson.

When purple finches sing and soar with vernal gladness running o’er. When joys like these salute the sense, then waiting long hath recompense, and all the world is glad with May. ~ John Burroughs.

I curled closer to May, comforted by her warmth. ~ Kiera Cass.

‘Tis a month before the month of May, and the spring comes slowly up this way. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Oh, it was a merry, gladsome day when the April Fool met the Queen of May. She had roguish eyes and golden hair, and they were a mischief-making pair. ~ Carolyn Wells.

By May, most of the harshness of winter has passed. The sky is bright, and warm sunshine filters through the new leaves on the trees. ~ Ellen Jackson.

Therefore all ye that be lovers call unto your remembrance the month of May. ~ Le Morte d’Arthur.

Inspirational May Quotes

First night of May and the soft-silvered moon frightens her semicircle in the blue. ~ David Gray.

Cinco de Mayo, May fifth, is a time of song, dance, partying, and in general, a time to be proud to be of Hispanic descent. ~ Holiday Insights.

Yes, May is come, and its sweet breath shall well-nigh make you weep today, and pensive with swift-coming death, shall ye be satiate of the May. ~ William Morris.

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. ~ William Earl Johns.

May can be a month of sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny noses. ~ Ellen Jackson.

In the deepening spring of May, I had no choice but to recognize the trembling of my heart. It usually happened as the sun was going down. ~ Haruki Murakami.

May has come in, young May the beautiful, weaving the sweetest chaplet of the year. Along the eastern corridors, she walks. What time the clover rocks the earliest bee. Her feet a flush with sunrise, and her veil floating in breezy odors o’er her hair. ~ Thomas Buchanan Read.


When the sun is out, and the wind is still, you’re one month on in the middle of May. ~ Robert Frost.

May had now set in, but up here among the hills, she was May by curtesy only, or if she was May, she would never be might. ~ George MacDonald.

Fair flowers are springing beneath thy genial ray, and thousand happy birds are singing, all welcome to thee, May! ~ Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon.

Where shall we keep the holiday and duly greet the entering May? ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

And the May month flaps its glad green leaves like wings, delicate-filmed as new-spun silk. ~ Thomas Hardy.

That I may reach that happy time the kindly gods I pray, for are not ducks and pease in prime upon the last of May? ~ William Makepeace Thackeray.

Warm, wild, rainy wind, blowing fitfully, stirring dreamy breakers on the slumberous May sea. What shall fail to answer thee? What thing shall withstand the spell of thine enchantment, flowing over sea and land? ~ Celia Thaxter.

In the month of May, fell many great showers of rain. ~ Robin Robbins.

May is green and pink and red. ~ Richard L. Ratliff.

Horticulturally, the month of May is opening night, homecoming, and graduation day all rolled into one. ~ Tam Mossman.

The month of May has come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit. ~ Thomas Malory.

Yes, it is May! Though not that the young leaf pushes its velvet out of the sheath, that the stubbornest sprays are beginning to bourgeon, larks responding aloft to the mellow flute of the bluebird, nor that song and sunshine and odors of life immingled even as wines in a cup. ~ Bayard Taylor.

Powerful May Quotes

In the marvelous month of May, when all the buds were bursting, then in my heart did love arise. In the marvelous month of May, when all the birds were singing, then did I reveal to her my yearning and longing. ~ Heinrich Heine.

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. ~ Thomas Malory.

Lots of people go mad in January. Not as many as in May, of course, nor June. ~ Karen Joy Fowler.

As it fell upon a day in the merry month of May, sitting in a pleasant shade which a grove of myrtles made. ~ Richard Barnfield.

You have to remember to be thankful. But in May, one simply can’t help being thankful that they are alive, if for nothing else. ~ Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Month of May, everybody’s in love, and the city was sent from above, and just when I knew what I wanted to say, the violent wind blew the wires away. ~ Win Butler.

Make hay in May, for you may never know what June is coming with, and you may never know what July will present! When you see May, make hay! ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah.

Positive May Quotes

Oh! Gladly do we welcome thee, fair pleasant month of May. The month which we’ve eager longed to see through many a wintry day. ~ Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon.

It is now May. It is the month wherein nature hath her fill of mirth and the senses are filled with delights. I conclude it is from the Heavens, a grace, and to Earth, a gladness. ~ Nicholas Breton.

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.

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Among the changing months, May stands confest the sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed. ~ James Thomson.

May has decked the world, that we may bring the brave on land, or sea Earth’s glory on Memorial Day, the lovely meadow gifts of May. ~ Annette Wynne.

And a bird overhead sang follow, and a bird to the right sang here. And the arch of the leaves was hollow, and the meaning of May was clear. ~ Algernon Charles Swinburne.

The month of May comes differently in cities. Not for us, white blossom on the hedgerows, bluebells in the woods. Instead, the sun’s rays burnish bricks and mellow pavements. Seeds burst into flowers in the cracks between the stones. Speedwell and bindweed bloom among the rubble. ~ Heidi Thomas.

Beneath the apple blossoms, I go a wintry way, for love that smiled in April is false to me in May. ~ Sara Teasdale.

So these were the 103 top quotes about May month.

If you like these quotes and sayings, then you can also read my other posts on March quotes and April quotes.

References and Sources:

  1. 50 Inspiring Quotes for the Month of May – Southern Living
  2. 12 Best Motivational Quotes for the Month of May
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