Crocuses bloom in London, England, Feb. 24, 2014. Monday marks the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. Getty Images

March’s unusual snowstorms have finally given way to the arrival of warm temperatures. Monday marks the vernal equinox: the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. Welcome the season’s beginning with these quotes, sayings and inspirational words compiled from Goodreads and Brainy Quote.

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created spring.” — Bernard Williams

“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?” — Neltje Blanchan

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“Spring drew on…and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.” — Charlotte Bronte

“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” — Harriet Ann Jacobs

Spring flowers get covered in snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Apr. 11, 2007. Monday marks the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. Getty Images

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” — Ernest Hemingway

“Behold, my friends, the spring is home; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.” — Sitting Bull

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” — Robin Williams

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” — William Shakespeare

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

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

“With the coming of spring, I am calm again.” — Gustav Mahler

“’Is the 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

"I am amazed at this spring, this conflagration/ Of green fires lit on the soil of the earth, this blaze/ Of growing, and sparks that puff in wild gyration/ Faces of people streaming across my gaze." — "The Enkindled Spring," D.H. Lawrence

"A light exists in spring/ Not present on the year/ At any other period./ When March is scarcely here." — "A Light Exists In Spring," Emily Dickinson