Let it quote, let it quote, let it quote. Tuesday is the solstice, the shortest day of the year and the first day of winter, so you'd better be ready for the cold. Arm yourself with cozy sweaters and inspirational sayings that will warm you up while you're caroling with friends and shoveling the sidewalks.

Here are a few of our favorite quotes for winter, which runs through March 19 of next year. Snuggle up and read these famous lines, collected from GoodReads and the Quote Garden:

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ― John Steinbeck

“Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder ― no matter how old you became and how much you'd seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.” ― Candace Bushnell

"People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy." ― Anton Chekhov

"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself." ― Ruth Stout

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ― Edith Sitwell

“Winter is not a season, it's an occupation.” ― Sinclair Lewis

“A wet autumn morning, a garbage truck clattering down the street. The first snowfall of the season, blossom sized flakes falling languidly and melting on the ground, a premature snowfall delicate as lace, rapidly melting.” ― Joyce Carol Oates

"Winter is a season of recovery and preparation." ― Paul Theroux

“December, being the last month of the year, cannot help but make us think of what is to come.” ― Fennel Hudson

"Winter came down to our home one night/ Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow/ And we, we were children once again." ― Bill Morgan, Jr.

"In seed-time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." ― William Blake

“I am younger each year at the first snow. When I see it, suddenly, in the air, all little and white and moving; then I am in love again and very young and I believe everything.” ― Anne Sexton

“A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.” ― George R.R. Martin

“I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas: It brings people together while time stands still. Cozy couples lazily meandered the streets and children trudged sleds and chased snowballs. No one seemed to be in a rush to experience anything other than the glory of the day, with each other, whenever and however it happened.” ― Rachel Cohn

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'” ― Lewis Carroll

"I heard a bird sing/ In the dark of December/ A magical thing/ And sweet to remember:/ 'We are nearer to spring/ Than we were in September.'"― Oliver Herford

"January brings the snow/ Makes our feet and fingers glow." ― Sara Coleridge

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." ― Anne Bradstreet