3. Final thoughts

  • “Grace groweth best in winter.”

  • “Never cut a tree down in the winter. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”

  • “My age is as a lusty winter, / Frosty but kindly.”

  • “O, Wind, / If winter comes, / can Spring be far behind?”

  • “What fire could ever equal the sunshine of a winter’s day?”

  • “When one has faith that the spring thaw will arrive, the winter winds seem to lose some of their punch.”

  • “Laziness has many disguises. Soon ‘winter doldrums’ will become ‘spring fever.’ ”

  • “We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them.”