Even for those who observe its religious context, Easter has become a holiday with multiple meanings. In Christian tradition it marks the resurrection of Jesus, but for most others it also signifies the beginning of spring.
In early April, birds are chirping, flowers are starting to pop up from the ground and trees are getting green buds. Green thumbs are planning their gardens and watching for the first signs of the bulbs they planted last fall. The world, in short, is coming alive again after a long and cold winter.
This is all represented in our secular symbols of Easter: eggs, baby chicks, fertile rabbits, and plenty of blooms. Even if Easter is not a religious holiday for you — and perhaps doubly so if it is — there is something inspiring about seeing that first tulip or spending your first afternoon of the year digging in your garden.
These 14 quotes capture some of that magic of spring, all tied up in the promise of Easter: new life, new flowers and no more snow.