Welcome to my page of quotations about dancing and playing and walking in the rain, jumping in puddles, and letting the rain fall upon you. Here in Phoenix, we get so little rain that’s it’s hard to resist going out and rejoicing in it!
But I am sure that it is a great mistake always to know enough to go in when it rains. One may keep snug and dry by such knowledge, but one misses a world of loveliness. There is, after all, a selective wisdom that sees the desirability of taking the showers as they come. ~Adeline Knapp, This Then Is Upland Pastures, Being Some Out-door Essays Dealing with the Beautiful Things that the Spring and Summer Bring, 1897
I ran into the street barefoot and danced with my mouth open. ~Barbara Kingsolver, “Making Peace,” 1998 [her first experience with the rains of an Arizona summer storm, in the late 1970s
Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. ~Author unknown
Playing in the rain is gratitude for life, a dancing prayer of thanks to nature. ~Terri Guillemets
A man is getting old w’en he walks around a puddle instead of through it. ~R. C. Ferguson, 1940s
Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby…
The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night—
And I love the rain.
~Langston Hughes, “April Rain Song,” 1921
There are many things I do for amusement, but for happiness I like to gather up my memories and go for a walk in the rain. ~Robert Brault, 2014, rbrault.blogspot.com
Always jump in the puddles! Always skip alongside the flowers. Never turn down a good pillow fight. ~Terri Guillemets
…the world is mud-
~E. E. Cummings, “Chansons Innocentes: I,” Tulips and Chimneys, 1923
A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods. I always thought so myself; the Maine woods never seem so fresh and alive as in wet weather. Then all the needles on the evergreens wear a sheath of silver; ferns seem to have grown to almost tropical lushness and every leaf has its edging of crystal drops. ~Rachel Carson, “Help Your Child to Wonder,” 1956
Weather is a great metaphor for life — sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella or choose to dance in the rain! ~Terri Guillemets, “Homeward bound in the crashing of the rain,” 1991 [ღS&G
I threw my head back and let the rain pound against my cheeks. An unexpected happiness bubbled up in me, and I started to laugh. ~Cynthia Ellingsen, The Lighthouse Keeper, 2017
When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles! ~Author unknown
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass — it’s about learning to dance in the rain. ~Author unknown
One day there will be a crackling, clean, creosote smell in the air and the ground will be charged and the hair on your arms will stand on end and then BOOM, you are thrillingly drenched. ~Barbara Kingsolver, “Making Peace,” 1998
But the true lover of rain… has a deep inner enjoyment of the rain, as rain, and his sense of its beauty drinks it in as thirstily as does the drinking earth. It refreshes and cools his heart and brain; he longs to go forth into the fields, to feel its steady stream, to scent its fragrance; to stand under some heavy-foliaged chestnut-tree, and hear the rushing music on the crowded leaves. ~John Richard Vernon, “The Beauty of Rain,” 1863
Some people feel the rain — others just get wet. ~Roger Miller, 1972
Thick drops whispering about me
Splutter soft and plash my shelter,
Foaming at my feet I see
Rushing gutter streams which skelter,
Crystal pools reflecting grass blades…
Shining pavements rainbow shades…
Thin thoughts whispering about me
Splutter soft and plash my shelter…
~Eda Lou Walton, “Under an Umbrella,” c. 1919
I walked barefoot — the only way to walk on a muddy road. ~Laurie Gough, “Light on a Moonless Night” (Fiji), in A Woman’s Passion for Travel: More True Stories from a Woman’s World, 1999
It’s better to go out and dance in the rain than to stay inside under a leaky roof. ~Vance L. Wisen, 1991
There is still one kind of bath, hitherto unused, which would be very advantageous both to parents and children, I mean a thunder-storm bath. Physicians employ in their experiments on nervous invalids, electric air, electric plates, electric baths; but thunder, or rather thunder water, they have not as yet prescribed. Have they never experienced that a person never feels so fresh, cheerful and elastic as after a warm or tepid rain has penetrated to the skin? Since human beings, when dry again after a storm, feel so much invigorated, and the world of flowers still more so, why will they not receive this united fire and water baptism from above, and suffer themselves to be raised the healed by the wonder-working arm in the thunder cloud?
One ought to have an especial rain or bathing suit of clothes, as a frequenter of the spring cloud-baths; and then, when there is a promise of wet weather, make a rain party, and return home dripping. ~Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (1763–1825), Levana; or, The Doctrine of Education, 1807, translated from the German by A. H., 1848 & 1884
Walking through puddles is my favorite metaphor for life. ~Terri Guillemets, “Evening walk in solitude,” 1989
Being Out in the Rain Quotations
Original post date: 2004 Aug 7
1st major revision: 2019 Nov 19