31 Quotes About March: The Month of Expectations

Updated on March 3, 2020
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The daffodil is the official flower of the month of March.
The daffodil is the official flower of the month of March. | Source

More often than not, quotes about the month of March mention some aspect of nature. Some discuss wind and rain, others mention blooming flowers and budding trees, and a few ponder blue skies and white clouds. If only nature would arrange them in the right order and dispense them in appropriate amounts to create pleasant, comfortable days! But, as Tracy Chevalier informs us, March is "unpredictable."

These quotes are unpredictable too—different authors expect different situations in March. One author expects to have his hope of warmer days dashed by swift changes in the weather. One predicts boredom, while another hopes to feel joyful. Others expect the trees to bloom, the birds to sing, and the earth to wake up and put on its beautiful face. What do you expect from March?

About the Beginning of Spring

1. "Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn." ―Lewis Grizzard

2. "March’s birth flower is the daffodil. It’s all too appropriate that cheerful yellow flowers represent the first month of spring." ­―FTD

3. "The seventeenth of March. In other words, spring. . . I mean those in the height of fashion, women or men - can they afford to wait any longer before buying their spring wardrobes?" ―Colette

4. "By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again." ―Neil Gaiman

In Poetry

5. "March is the Month of Expectation.
The things we do not know -
The Persons of prognostication
Are coming now."
Emily Dickinson, March is the Month of Expectation

6. "March brings breezes loud and shrill,
Stirs the dancing daffodil."
Sara Coleridge, The Garden Year

7. "The stormy March is come at last,
With wind, and cloud, and changing skies,
I hear the rushing of the blast,
That through the snowy valley flies."
William Cullen Bryant, March

8. "Saturday morning in late March.
I was alone and took a long walk . . .
Ice had broken up on the river
and the water rippled smoothly in blue light."
­―Edward Hirsch, Late March

9. "Earthquakes mean March. . .
The sun of this month cures all.
Therefore, old women say:
Let the sun of March shine on my daughter,
but let the sun of February shine on my daughter-in-law."
Anne Sexton, The Sermon of Twelve Acknowledgements

Illustration by Henrik Grönvold
Illustration by Henrik Grönvold | Source

10. "It is the first mild day of March . . .
The redbreast sings from the tall larch
Then come, my Sister! come, I pray . . .
And bring no book: for this one day
We’ll give to idleness."
William Wordsworth, To My Sister

11. "If you wed when March winds blow,
Joy and sorrow both you'll know. . .
Married when March winds shrill and roar,
Your home will lie on a distant shore."
New Zealand Proverb

12. "There's joy in the mountains;
There's life in the fountains;
Small clouds are sailing,
Blue sky prevailing;
The rain is over and gone!"
William Wordsworth

13. "The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March."
Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time

14. "Come to the pane, draw the curtain apart,
There she is passing, the girl of my heart . . .
Tresses all truant-like, curl upon curl,
Wind-blown and rosy, my little March girl."
­―Laurence Dunbar, My Little March Girl

About Memories

15. "It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." ―Charles Dickens

16. "It was the second week in March . . . The magnolia trees had already bloomed, and tulips, daffodils, and wildflowers were shooting up all around the convent's gardens." ―Rosanna Chiofalo

17. "March came in that winter like the meekest and mildest of lambs, bringing days that were crisp and golden and tingling, each followed by a frosty pink twilight which gradually lost itself in an elfland of moonshine." ―L.M. Montgomery

18. "In March the soft rains continued, and each storm waited courteously until its predecessor sunk beneath the ground." ―John Steinbeck

19."March was an unpredictable month, when it was never clear what might happen. Warm days raised hopes until ice and grey skies shut over the town again." ―Tracy Chevalier

20. "My worst job ever, this was when I was a kid, was picking potatoes on the back of a trailer in March. It was freezing, absolutely freezing. . . Once you do that for a day in March in the north of England, it makes you think there must be better jobs than this!" ―Ben Miles

21. “It was March. The days of March creeping gustily on like something that man couldn't hinder and God wouldn't hurry.” ―Enid Bagnold

Spring crocus and snowdrops at the entrance to London's Hampstead Heath in March
Spring crocus and snowdrops at the entrance to London's Hampstead Heath in March | Source

Insights on March

22. "Song of Solomon 5:13: Lo, the flowery month is come! March winds and April showers have done their work, and the earth is all bedecked with beauty." ―Charles H. Spurgeon

23. "In March winter is holding back and spring is pulling forward. Something holds and something pulls inside of us too." —Jean Hersey

24. "Only those with tenacity can march forward in March" ―Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

25. "This is the perfume of March: rain, loam, feathers, mint." ―Lisa Kleypas

26. "After a certain age, time just drizzles down upon your head like rain in the month of March: you’re always surprised at how much of it can accumulate, and how fast." ―Elizabeth Gilbert

27. "Indoors or out, no one relaxes in March, that month of wind and taxes, the wind will presently disappear, the taxes last us all the year." ―Ogden Nash

28. "Our life is March weather, savage and serene in one hour. We go forth austere, dedicated, believing in the iron links of Destiny, and will not turn on our heel to save our life: but a book, or a bust, or only the sound of a name, shoots a spark through the nerves, and we suddenly believe in will." ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

29. "Boredom is . . . when the same naive flowers blossom again in the month of March." ―Iwan Goll

30. "How terrible a time is the beginning of March. In a month there will be daffodils and the sudden blossoming of orchards, but you wouldn't know it now. You have to take spring on blind faith." ―Beatriz Williams

31. "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb."English Proverb

March Observances

  • Academy Awards Month
  • American Diabetes Alert Month
  • Employee Spirit Month
  • Gender Equality Month
  • Honor Society Awareness Month
  • National Kidney Month
  • National Nutrition Month
  • National Social Work Month
  • National Women's History Month

What do you expect from the Month of March?

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    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Peggy. If I ever need another quote about March, I'll be sure to use your comment. It's that good!

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      March is a glorious time in Houston. Azaleas and other spring flowers are in full bloom, and the weather is moderate. It is time to enjoy the outdoors and the beauty evident everywhere.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Kari. "Take spring on blind faith." That caught my attention too.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      4 months ago from Ohio

      March is certainly a capricious month! The Beatriz Williams quote was good.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Alyssa, I pray that March meets your expectations so you and your son can enjoy the birthday you are planning. Best to both of you.

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      5 months ago from Ohio

      What an inspiring collection of quotes and poems! After the unpredictable January we've had here in Ohio, I'm fully expecting March to be just as unpredictable. I am looking forward to celebrating my son's birthday with a surprise trip and keeping my fingers crossed for warmer, sunnier days.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Denise, thanks for sharing. I think I understand. I'd be tired of winter too. But if you lived here, you'd be tired of the heat (not just warmth). So we're better off making the best of what we have. Difficult though!

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      Denise W Anderson 

      5 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I would have to say "none of the above" to the poll question! March in North Dakota is simply more of winter. There is a lot of wind, and perhaps enough warmth to melt a little bit of the snow. It is definitely unpredictable, though, and that is what I would choose if given the opportunity. We are tired enough of winter that on those first warm days in March, we pull out the summer clothing, only to dig out a long sleeved shirt on the next cold day!

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Devika, I guess that Croatians are also full of expectations concerning springtime. How wonderful!

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Linda, you encourage me by your kind comment. Thank you for reading!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      March is Spring time here in Croatia. I like the insight you share of March.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The quotes are beautiful, interesting, or thought-provoking. That's a great combination! Thank you for creating a lovely article, Dora.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Lora. You're definitely a March lover, and I'm happy that you liked the quotes.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Flourish, I'm happy that you're pleased. Thanks for your kind comment.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Brenda, you seem to be really excited about spring. Happy for you that March will soon be here.

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      Lora Hollings 

      5 months ago

      A beautiful tribute to March Ms Dora and its unpredictability as far as its weather! It is an interesting month for sure and one that I will forever associate with kites flying and Spring break from school! I will always associate it with the early spring bloomers such as daffodils, hyacinths and tulips which so many students would bring to their teachers. Even in the desert, some varieties of cactus bloom. Maybe that's why I love this month. I loved all the quotes!

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      5 months ago from USA

      This was terrific, Dora, and it made me look forward to springtime. I loved the poetic quotes.

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      5 months ago from Washington Court House

      Ms. Dora,

      I cannot wait for March to arrive.

      Hopefully I will see the little crocuses peeping out from the ground. Along with tulips and hyacinths to soon follow.

      I purposely planted these so I would know when Spring was about to arrive.

      As usual, your article is inspiring. It gives me hope to look forward to another day....Spring will get here in the month of March.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Liz. You must be looking forward to more daylight. We'll soon get there.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      You're welcome Pam. January is almost half gone and it seems the days go faster, the older the year gets. The flowers are on their way.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Great, attitude Bill. Keep hope alive. I sympathize with the chill; it's 80 degrees here and you're welcome to visit.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Manatita, I hear you. I will discuss your concern with my Muse, although there is usually method to our madness. I appreciate you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Lorna for mentioning St. Patrick's Day. I really should have included it. I appreciate your contribution.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Rosina, thanks for your kind comment. So happy that you enjoyed the quotes.

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      Liz Westwood 

      5 months ago from UK

      March is a turning point in the calendar, marking the start of British Summer time when the clocks go forward an hour and it stays light a little longer.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 months ago from Sunny Florida

      March is always an interesting month. I think all of the interesting quotes are true as the weather in March is often an unpredictable month.

      I enjoyed your article about March and we are moving forwrd rapidly in seems. I guess it seems like time is going faster now that I am older. Regardless, I love spring flowers and improved weather. Thanks for an inspiration arrticle, Ms Dora.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      March seems a long ways off on this snowy morning. Sigh! It's terribly chilly today; I will dream of sunshine and hopefully that will help.

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      5 months ago from london

      A noble effort, enhanced by the daffodils and the robin. One or two worthy writers I know.

      This one, to me, lacked the finesse of your recent Hubs. Again, it seems better to approach the 3rd month roughly about two weeks before, and not while we are still in the 1st.

      Just how I see it, unless it becomes obvious that you are helping others to plan ahead and say so.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 months ago

      A wonderful and varied collection Dora which I enjoyed reading. I love the gentleness of Wordsworth and how beautifully he expresses himself. March 17th is also St Patrick's Day, so this month is quite special to the Irish. Great article Dora.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      5 months ago

      Brilliant Collection of March Quotes. I couldn't just pick up one and say this is my fave because they are all very lovely. Thank you for your contribution, Dora.


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