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Shakespeare Quotes That Describe What Summer is Like

Summer today isn’t THAT different from summer in the time of Shakespeare. There are more iPhones now and fewer plagues, sure, but everything else has remained largely the same. For instance, it’s still very hot out. Also nobody is eating enough fiber, and England is being ruled by an Elizabeth.

My point: Shakespeare’s plays are just as relatable now as they were in the year 1602, so here are some quotes from things like Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and King Lear that describe what summer is like.

When school is out so you no longer need to adhere to a schedule:
“But, soft! what day is this?”
Romeo and Juliet, Act 3, scene 4

When someone asks if you’ve got any big plans this summer:
“I will eat and drink, and sleep.”
All’s Well That Ends Well, Act 4, scene 3

When you text your friend to hang out and they don’t immediately text back:
“What, are you busy, ho?”
Romeo and Juliet, Act 4, scene 3

Whenever you’re outside doing anything at all:
“[Aside]. Too hot, too hot!”
— The Winter’s Tale, Act 1, scene 2

When your mom comes home to find that you forgot to unload the dishwasher while you were home alone in your pajamas all day:
“How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!”
King Lear, Act 1, scene 4

When you decide not to put on sunscreen because you’re only going to be outside for a little while:
“Bring forth that sorceress condemn’d to burn.”
Henry VI Part 1, Act 5, Scene 4

When all your friends are in relationships and you’re just kind of chilling:
“And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determinèd to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.”
Richard III, Act 1, scene 1

When there are mosquitos everywhere:
“Now die, die, die, die.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 5, scene 1

When your mom asks if you’re going to actually get dressed today:
“What have I done that thou dar’st wag thy tongue 
In noise so rude against me?”
Hamlet, Act 3, scene 4

When your house doesn’t have AC:
“O blessed breeding sun, draw from the earth 
Rotten humidity; below thy sister’s orb 
Infect the air!”
Timon of Athens, Act 4, scene 3

When you decide to stay off social media for an entire hour:
“And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything…”
As You Like It, Act 2, scene 1

When you’re struggling to manage all of this unstructured time:
“This is very midsummer madness.”
Twelfth Night, Act 3, scene 4

When someone texts you to come hang out but it’s after 9 PM and you have strict parents:
“I cannot go thither.”
Coriolanus, Act 1, scene 3

When you consider the idea of starting your summer reading today and then think better of it:
“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow…”
Macbeth, Act 5, scene 5