29 Quotes About February and What Makes It Special

Updated on January 26, 2020
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The violet is an official flower of the month of February.
The violet is an official flower of the month of February. | Source

Life seems to pick up the pace during the month of February. Sports enthusiasts organize Super Bowl parties on the second Sunday. Gift shops set up ornate displays of red flowers and chocolate candy for lovers' celebrations on Valentine’s Day. Historians observe Black History Month and host a variety of cultural and historical events. Birthday celebrants born on the twenty-ninth tell stories about a month that ends too soon three out of every four years. No other month quite compares to the fast and bumpy ride that is February.

Enjoy the following quotes about some of the features that make February special in one way or another.

About It Being the Shortest Month

1. "Though, February is short, it is filled with lots of love and sweet surprises." —Charmaine J Forde

2. "February—the month of love..?!! No wonder the shortest one in the calendar." ― Dinesh Kumar Biran

3. "February is the shortest month, so if you’re having a miserable month, try to schedule it for February." ―Lemony Snickett

4. "I used to try to decide which was the worst month of the year. In the winter I would choose February. The reason God made February short a few days was because he knew that by the time people came to the end of it they would die if they had to stand one more blasted day." ―Katherine Paterson

The primrose is the other February official flower.
The primrose is the other February official flower. | Source

About Leap Years

5. "If you meet 29th February, think of something unique for it is the only day that defines a year as a leap year. It is the only day that makes February truly unique." ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

6. "A strange amazing day that comes only once every four years . . . A day of temporal tune up." ―Vera Nazarian

7. "It takes three springs to make one leap year." ―The Comic Almanack

8. "Every leap year I like to jump. It’s a good way to get my exercise in every four years." ―Jarod Kintz

9. "Your birthday happens each year on exactly the same day. It is a solid thing, a dependable thing, a measure of your life broken down into 365 subunits. For a Leaper, it is a bit different. For us, the basic assumption is shattered from the beginning." ―Rick Tumlinson

About Valentine's Day

10. "Okay love birds -listen up! I have an announcement to make. Today is the 14th of February and it is a special day for you. Try to loosen up and love each other like you inhale the last breath of your life. Make it exciting and enjoyable. Happy Valentine's Day." ―Euginia Herlihy

11. "In February when my garden is barren of flowers, you are the only flower blooming in my heart. I cherish you and adore you with all of my heart because you are my Valentine." ―Debasish Mridha

12. "The only bubble in the flat champagne of February is Valentine's Day. It was no accident that our ancestors pinned Valentine's Day on February's shirt: he or she lucky enough to have a lover in frigid, antsy February has cause for celebration, indeed." ―Tom Robbins

13. "One of the major dangers of being alone in February is the tendency to dwell on past relationships. Whether you're daydreaming about that 'one that got away,' or you're recalling the fairy tale date you went on last Valentine's Day, romanticizing the past isn't helpful ― nor accurate." ―Amy Morin

14. "In the best of all possible worlds, February 14 is a pleasant and sentimental opportunity to lavish your partner with attention or move your relationship to the next level." ―Pepper Schwartz

February is easier for some of us than others.
February is easier for some of us than others. | Source

Insights About February

15. "February is just plain malicious. It knows your defenses are down." ―Katherine Paterson

16. "February is the uncertain month, neither black nor white but all shades between by turns. Nothing is sure." ―Gladys Hasty Carroll

17. "Do not rely on February . . . The sun in this month begets a headache like an angel slapping you in the face." ―Anne Sexton

18. "The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within." ―William Cullen Bryant

19. "February is for curmudgeons, whinge-bags, and misanthropes . . . it's so short. There is nothing good about it, which is why it's so great." ―Lionel Shriver

20. "When February birds do mate,
You wed nor dread your fate . . .
Married in February's sleepy weather,
Life you'll tread in time together."
New Zealand Proverb

21. "February is a suitable month for dying. Everything around is dead, the trees black and frozen so that the appearance of green shoots two months hence seems preposterous, the ground hard and cold, the snow dirty, the winter hateful, hanging on too long." ―Anna Quindlen

22. "When God was making the months I think February was a mistake, like a burp. There it was, small, dark, and prickly. It had absolutely no redeeming qualities." ―Shannon Wiersbitzky

23. "February is always a bad month for TV sports. Football is gone, basketball is plodding along in the annual midseason doldrums, and baseball is not even mentioned." ―Hunter S. Thompson

24. "In February there is everything to hope for and nothing to regret." ―Patience Strong

About Black History Month

25. "Black History Month began as 'Negro History Week,' a label applied by historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926." ―Jake Rossen

26. "In February 1969, the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University first proposed expanding Black History Week into Black History Month. The following year, the university celebrated Black History Month for the very first time." ―Diana Bruk

27. "February is the birth month of two figures who loom large in the black past: U.S. Pres. Abraham Lincoln (born February 12), who issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and African American abolitionist, author, and orator Frederick Douglass (born February 14)." ―Jeff Wallenfeldt

28. "February held other events of historical value, too, such as the birth of civil rights leader W.E.B. DuBois (February 23rd1868) and the passing of the 15th Amendment, which gave African Americans the right to vote (February 3, 1870)." ―Diana Bruk

29. "Black History Month isn’t a strictly American event. Countries around the world . . . spend the month commemorating the contributions and achievements of black citizens who have made enduring and pioneering contributions to their countries." ―Elizabeth Nicholas

More February Observances

  • American Heart Month
  • Celebration of Chocolate Month
  • International Friendship Month
  • International Month of Black Women in the Arts
  • International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
  • Library Lovers Month
  • Marijuana Awareness Month
  • National Cancer Prevention Month
  • National Children's Dental Health Month
  • Youth Leadership Month

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        Dora Weithers 

        17 hours ago from The Caribbean

        Verlie, I hope that your birthday this year was/will be as meaningful as other years. Enjoy the love, the cake, the wishes and the new start. Blessings!

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        24 hours ago from Canada

        Good morning Dora. You've collected quite the eclectic archive of quotes on February! I like it because it's my birthday month (close to Valentine's Day) and as a child I always got a cake shaped like a heart. February feels like the start of something new for me. Cheers Dora, thanks for your good work.

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        Dora Weithers 

        6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Cheryl. Continue to encourage me. I appreciate you.

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        Cheryl E Preston 

        6 weeks ago from Roanoke

        I love this. Continue too inspire us.

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        Dora Weithers 

        6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Tamara, good to see you. Thanks for stopping by. Have a Happy New Year!

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        Tamara Yancosky 

        6 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

        A genuinely fun post with thoughts about February which I hadn’t, before, thought about!

      • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Ann. New Year blessings to you and yours also. Happy that you got some smiles.

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        Ann Carr 

        7 weeks ago from SW England

        Greatly entertaining hub, Dora. I like the one about 'leaping' for exercise once every four years! Many of them made me smile.

        February is the gateway to Spring - always a good thing.

        Happy New Year, Dora. May 2020 be kind to you and yours.


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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Denise, pleased that you found something to make you smile. The research is worth it for me too.

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        Denise W Anderson 

        7 weeks ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

        Thanks for the chuckle, Dora! We all need more humor in our lives, especially in January and February! It warms the heart when our hands and feet are cold with winter.

      • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Alyssa. Oh yes! an extra day to push forward toward our goal. It's a gift.

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        William Kovacic 

        7 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

        I never thought about it before, but February is unique. I'm all about celebrating chocolate. January, hurry up and leave.

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        7 weeks ago from Ohio

        A great ode to February! Your collection of quotes offers inspiration going into the second month of the year. I was putting my calendars up the other day, I realized we are in a leap year. An extra day to spend with our loved ones, work toward our goals, and count our blessings. :) Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Cheryl, you're welcome. I actually did an article on January previous to this. I intend to cruise through the year with quotes for each month.

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        Cheryl E Preston 

        8 weeks ago from Roanoke

        Well you are getting a jump on things by going straight to February. Thanks for the info

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Sean, your gift is very precious. I found it and cuddled in it. Thanks a bunch!

        Thanks also for this and all your other kind comments. Love and Blessings to you also.

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 

        8 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

        It's amazing! I have never thought that there are so many quotes about February! My father was a leaper, and we used to joke about it. We were celebrating his birthday at 28, though!

        That's what I like about you, my dear sister, your ability to find beauty somewhere others don't even look! Thank you for this gift! I wish you a blessed 2020!

        Blessings to you and your beloved ones!


        PS: Speaking of quotes, I also have a little gift for you in my latest hub...

      • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Chitrangada, you have lots of reasons to be happy in February. It is your personal month of love. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing.

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Linda, thanks for your cheerful comment, obviously from a cheerful heart. Encouraging!

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        Great subject for an article and very well written. I liked your quotes and other interesting information about the month of February.

        February is a month of colourful blossoms in India. It’s a visual delight to see the gardens, with lovely flowers all around. This is one of the reasons, I love this month.

        Another reason is personal. My father’s birthday, my twins birthday and I met my husband, for the first time, in this month only.

        Though I liked all the quotes, the no. 2 is significant.

        Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year to you.

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        Linda Crampton 

        8 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        You've shared some interesting, serious, and amusing quotes, Dora. It's a great mixture! I like February because the signs of the approaching spring become stronger where I live. I enjoy the anticipation.

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Susan, I pray that the joyful memory you experienced that February will override any feeling of sadness that comes after. Still, as you suggest, it might be possible to find something positive in every month. Hoping that will be true for you in the New Year.

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Beautiful, Manatita. That's why you still carry the lantern. Well done!

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        8 weeks ago from Dover Delaware

        February is a wonderful month, that gave me the love of my live. My deceased son. Most people born is February have wonderful qualities and Rick had the best. March hasn't been terrible good to me however, I lost my father and my beautiful son in March. But perhaps everyone has their month, that scarred them beyond belief, or made them happier then they ever imagined.

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        8 weeks ago from london

        "She felt the energy of an unknown star,

        As the spark of Spirit entered into her embryo.

        A song-bird of the soul cried with Joy,

        Entering the arena of new life."

        It was February 10th, 1952, a bright Sunday morning.

        The virgin dawn kissed her Soul, in more ways than one,

        As sweet seventeen, heralded the advent of her first … her newborn child." - A spontaneous piece for you.

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Manatita, you're right. We have time to pray ahead for a good February. Number 11 sounds like something you would write, though you may use more flowery words. Would love to hear about the light born in this said month.

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Liz. Happy that February has some pleasant significance for you. Enjoy it as much as you can until March comes.

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        8 weeks ago from london

        Well Dee, some of your February quotes are as chilling as the weather itself, especially 21. Don't you know that a Light was born in February?

        I like number 11. A romantic touch, no? I guess that's why you chose it, eh? Feb 10th would definitely have been better.

        Ok, its a grey and usually miserable month for me, weather-wise, as it's very cold and showery. You jumped ahead, so time enough to pray for good things

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        Liz Westwood 

        8 weeks ago from UK

        This is an interesting set of quotes. I like February because we celebrate Valentine's day and also a family birthday. After that, spring doesn't seem far away and the days get a little longer.

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        John, thanks for commenting. I'm smiling and thinking that just like some people, February may not be popular, but it does have some special features. Have a Happy New Year.

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Brenda, Happy New Year to you, too. Pleased that you enjoy the quotes. Sure, February is a step towards spring.

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        John Hansen 

        8 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        These quotes were both interesting and entertaining. It seems that poor February is not a popular month at all apart from Valentine's Day. This is quite a unique idea for a series..the months. Thank you for sharing this MrDora.

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        8 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        Ms Dora,

        These quotes are great.

        I love the one about it being the month of love...that's why it's so short. Plus if you are miserable schedule it for Feb.

        I did enjoy them all.

        But once February is over...then comes spring.

        Happy New Year!

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Rachelle, the quote you chose seems to be a favorite. thanks for the comment and have a great New Year.

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        Rachelle Williams 

        8 weeks ago from Tempe, AZ

        My favorite quote for the month of February is hands down the one by Lemony Snickett...

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Audrey, February is not far away. Hoping that your birthday celebration will be full of joy. New Year blessings to you also.

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Flourish, I'm sorry that February brings you some sad memories, but I'm happy for your healthy attitude that "the pain will subside if you just wait it out." Hoping that some precious, pleasant memories will bring you some cheer. Love and Blessings!

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Kari, it pleases me when my readers laugh. Thanks for the encouraging comment. Love and Blessings to you also in the New Year.

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Linda, yours is a beautiful birth month. Enjoy your chocolate and all your other gifts this coming February, and on many more birthdays.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        8 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        February is my birth month, along with my son and granddaughters birthday. Lots of celebration going on. And it's a leap year...thanks for the reminder. I love all of the information and quotes.

        Blessings to you as we begin a New Year.


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        8 weeks ago from USA

        Sadly, the quote about February being the month for dying is appropriate for my family. We have a history of tragic deaths that go back many, many decades. They occur in February. #21 is a great quote because it captures the hopelessness of deep depression and inability to see that the pain will subside if you just wait it out, just like the dreary days of February.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        8 weeks ago from Ohio

        I love the quote by Katherine Paterson in "The Shortest Month" portion. I had to laugh at the Lemony Snickett quote. I really enjoyed these quotes, thanks Dora. Have a Happy New Years. I hope it brings you blessings and love.

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        Linda Lum 

        8 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

        What a sweet article. I did not remember that we are looking to another Leap Year (didn't we do that just 4 years ago?). February is my birth month. I love the flowers and any month that celebrates chocolate is a good one in my book.

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Sure, Devika. Your Valentine's Day marriage is special so February is certainly a good month for you. Enjoy your celebration every year.

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Rosina. You encourage me. Glad to present something you consider wonderful.

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Layne. Pleased that you got some laughs. We deserve that every now and then.

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        Devika Primić 

        8 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Hi Dora beautiful February has everything to think of and to do for someone or for a special day. Your detailed hub on February has given me a positive thought to this month. I was married on the 14th February and that it what makes February a special month for me. A Happy New Year to you.

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        Rosina S Khan 

        8 weeks ago

        I loved all the quotes about February under different categories and also the flower images representing the month. I really appreciate your wonderful contribution, Dora. Happy New Year blessings.

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        Layne Holmes 

        8 weeks ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Dora, this brought me a lot of good laughs this morning with some of the humor. I also love that you've included a section on Black History Month as well.

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Bill, thanks for sharing your smile. Happy New Year also to you and yours.

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        am, some of those negative quotes are spoken in jest. Keep your chin up and enjoy your birth month. Happy birthday next February and every February after that.

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Lucy, thanks for the vocabulary lesson. I actually looked up "quirky." I love your attitude towards February.

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        Bill Holland 

        8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        The quotations about February and Leap Year made me smile, and for that I thank you. What better gift than a smile.

        Happy New Year my friend, and blessings always!

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        8 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        The violet flower is so beautiful. I like February as it is my birthday month, so I am not fond of the negative quotes, but love the other ones. Black history month is important as well. This is another lovely article. Have a Happy New Year, Ms Dora.

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        8 weeks ago from Leeds, UK

        What a quirky article - these are some beautiful and amusing quotes. I always find that February is a surreal month; the weather is terrible here, in the UK, but the days grow brighter and the flora and fauna comes to live as Spring looms on the horizon!


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