100+ Best August Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous August Quotes

African-Americans are always forced to learn the other culture, but the other culture is not forced to learn ours. I went to acting school at Juilliard, and we learned Shakespeare and Shaw, but we never did the work of a single African-American playwright, not August Wilson or Ntozake Shange or Imir Baraka. — Tracie Thoms

What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance. — Jane Austen

On 24 August 1939, as an officer in the reserve, I had to join my regiment in Potsdam. — Hans Frank

Happiness consumes itself like a flame. It cannot burn for ever, it must go out, and the presentiment of its end destroys it at its very peak. — August Strindberg

What we’re seeing is a lot stronger numbers than were anticipated, also with an upward revision in August and July. All of this bodes well for the economy and shows perhaps the economy was not as severely affected by the hurricanes as initially anticipated. — Jason Schenker

In August 1961, I visited President Kennedy at Hyannis Port. The Berlin Wall was going up, and he was about to begin a huge military buildup – reluctantly, or so he said, as he puffed on a cigar liberated by a friend from Castro’s Cuba. — Gore Vidal

Every day we’re told that we live in the greatest country on earth. And it’s always stated as an undeniable fact: Leos are born between July 23 and August 22, fitted queen-size sheets measure sixty by eighty inches, and America is the greatest country on earth. Having grown up with this in our ears, it’s startling to realize that other countries have nationalistic slogans of their own, none of which are ‘We’re number two! — David Sedaris

My agent and I put out my proposal one Thursday afternoon in August, 1998. Publishers started bidding immediately, and that process progressed for a few days. — Laura Hillenbrand

August depresses me a little. I don’t even feel like eating. And when I don’t eat, that’s a sure sign of stagnation. — Willard Scott

On Sunday August 5, 2012, I was among a group of people who witnessed the Rover landing on Mars in real time at NASA’s Caltech-managed Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. — Ahmed Zewail

Yeah, we held a junior carp tournament on the St. Lawrence River in New York last August. I hosted that along with a couple of other people. — Tom Felton

The seasons don’t matter to most of us anymore except as spectacles. In my county and in many places around this part of the nation, the fair that once marked the harvest now takes place in late August, while tourist dollars are still in heavy circulation. Why celebrate the harvest when you harvest every week with a shopping cart? — Bill McKibben

The owners said that they wanted the salary cap and refused to promise that they would abide by the rules of the just-expired contract after the season ended. Believing we had no choice, the players went on strike in August of 1994. — David Cone

There is a slight chance the Federal Reserve Board will raise rates when it meets later this month, but with the current labor market and slowing consumer spending, it is more likely that it will take no action until August at the earliest. As a result, short-term interest rates, such as the one-year adjustable-rate mortgage, drifted further down this week. — Frank Nothaft

By August 2008, we had left Voikovskaya and moved into a wooden dacha in the artists’ colony of Sokol in north-west Moscow. The house was a haven amid the madness of the city: lily of the valley grew near our front gate, Virginia creeper decked the green picket fence. — Luke Harding

I left for Petersburg in August, 1871 and stayed there until 1879. — Carl Spitteler

I can recall back in 1998, in August of that year, when we had a horrible disaster along the Mexican border in the town of Del Rio. At the time, FEMA was the shining star of the federal government. It’s now perceived as many to be the dullest knife in the drawer. Right or wrong, that’s the perception. — Henry Bonilla

During the warm season (August 8 and 9), Maine is a true vacation paradise, offering visitors a chance to jump into crystal-clear mountain lakes and see if they can get back out again before their bodily tissue is frozen as solid as a supermarket turkey. — Dave Barry

When I visit Tibet next August I hope he and the Dalai Lama will be there to greet me, — Newt Gingrich

Every year, August lashes out in volcanic fury, rising with the din of morning traffic, its great metallic wings smashing against the ground, heating the air with ever-increasing intensity. — Henry Rollins

And it was the title August 13th for most of the way and then near the end, sometime in the process, I got the idea that maybe that would be a somewhat bland title and I got the idea for wild gratitude, which I’m very proud of as a title. So, I think it works best when you find it in the process. — Edward Hirsch

August brings into sharp focus and a furious boil everything I’ve been listening to in the late spring and summer. — Henry Rollins

I was born on August 10, 1913, in Lorenzkirch, a small village in Saxony, as the fourth child of Theodor and Elisabeth Paul, nee Ruppel. All in all, we were six children. Both parents were descendants from Lutheran ministers in several generations. — Wolfgang Paul

Faulkner sat in our living room and read from Light in August. That was incredible. — Leslie Fiedler

There are a lot of features behind this market that are very favorable. Inflation news recently for August was very positive. Rates dropping have been a positive for this market and earnings still look good. — Stuart Freeman

I was born in August, no July, 1908. — Satchel Paige

We believe that Ford’s recall of over 46,000 Explorer SUVs overseas since August 1999 undermines Ford’s efforts to place responsibility on Bridgestone/Firestone in connection with the U.S. tire recall. As a result, Ford’s credibility with U.S. consumers, legislators and regulators may suffer. We are thereby threatening the January 2001 launch of the new model. — David Garrity

We’re playing pretty well. You never know what you are going to get going into the season. It was the end of August before we formed the team. We were behind the other teams that had their coaches in place. — Andy Hallett

Founded in August 2003, MySpace would go on to be the most-visited social networking site in the world from 2005 until early 2008. — David Sze

I was in Vienna in August 1968 for a meeting of the International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies, of which I was co-founder, and we wanted a 20th country to join. They asked for a volunteer to go to Prague to get Czechoslovakia to do it, and my hand always goes up first. — Shirley Temple

We have received the resignation letter from Duran, effective on August 31, and today the president designated Carlos Marin to be acting United States commissioner. — Allen Abney

We are seeing a slowing in manufacturing activity in August that raises the stake of the ISM index which will help clarify some of today’s confusion. — Richard DeKaser

The band’s never taken a year off. Last August we decided to take one, and three months in I was bored to tears. — Steven Tyler

You think OWS is radical? You think 350.org was radical for helping organize mass civil disobedience in D.C. in August against the Keystone Pipeline? We’re not radical. Radicals work for oil companies. The CEO of Exxon gets up every morning and goes to work changing the chemical composition of the atmosphere. No one has ever done anything as radical as that, not in all of human history. — Bill McKibben

It is best to be born in April or August when the life-giving Sun is in its exaltation sign Aries or Leo, its home, for then we enter the sea of life on the crest-wave and are backed in the battle of existence by an abundant fund of vim and energy. — Max Heindel

It is a historical error for those who were not there to just refer to August 28th as ‘I Have a Dream’ speech day. That is a real disservice to those who were there. It was a sad day. It was not a celebration environment. — Jesse Jackson

He once told me that an August evening was as hot as three toads in a Cuisinart, a comparison that left me blinking two days later. — Dean Koontz

But now, I, August Comte, have discovered the truth. Therefore, there is no longer any need for freedom of thought or freedom of the press. I want to rule and to organize the whole country. — Auguste Comte

It was in August or September of 1995 that I met Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana and I met through Oonagh Toffolo, whose husband was recovering from heart surgery at the Royal Brompton. At the time, I was working for Professor Yacoub, the heart surgeon, and Mr. Toffolo was one of his patients, so I was involved in his medical treatment and care. — Hasnat Khan

In the old days, one married a wife; now one forms a company with a female partner, or moves in to live with a friend. And then one seduces the partner, or defiles the friend. — August Strindberg

The 6th of August in the morning we saw an opening in the land and we ran into it, and anchored in 7 and a half fathom water, 2 miles from the shore, clean sand. — William Dampier

Over this August district work period, like many of my colleagues, I spent a lot of time with the men and women in uniform from my home State. The 196th Field Artillery Brigade just got back from a year in Afghanistan. — Zach Wamp

In January 2013, I told the people in the Justice Department after the re-election that I wanted to focus on reforming the federal criminal justice system. I made an announcement in August of that year in San Francisco, when we rolled out the Smart on Crime initiative. — Eric Holder

Though my conduct on the 10th of August 1792 was the act of my life of which I have most reason to be proud, I will here merely do homage to the worthy martyrs of the national sovereignty and the sworn laws, who, while they supported constitutional royalty, manifested the highest degree of republican virtue. — Marquis de Lafayette

We’ve been in a relatively negative technology environment ever since the August rally ended, … Today’s drop is a follow-through on more bad news. Also, the developments on Iraq and deflationary concerns in the economy remain in the background. — S. Hughes

While in El Paso, I met Mr. Clinton Burk, a native of Texas, who I married in August 1885. — Calamity Jane

How poor, how rich, how abject, how august, How complicate, how wonderful, is man!… Midway from nothing to the Deity! — Edward Young

I was 14 years old in August of 1968 and had earned the money and had managed to get tickets as a guest of the Massachusetts delegation to the Republican convention in Miami and where I was on the floor in the Rockefeller demonstrations. — Richard Norton Smith

Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun. — Kent Nerburn

August in sub-Saharan Los Angeles is one of the great and awful tests of one’s endurance, sanity and stamina. — Henry Rollins

The facility is very nice. The league pretty much got started through word of mouth. Pinheads opened in August 2005, and there weren’t a lot of chances to advertise the youth league. But I think we can get it to grow. We have a lot of kids coming in here on Friday and Saturday nights to bowl. There’s no reason we can’t get them in here on Saturday morning. — Matt Mays

In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued. (From a speech read on video on August 31, 1995 before the NGO Forum on Women, Beijing, China) — Aung San Suu Kyi

In March 1943, my parents, four-year-old sister and I were interned with other foreign civilians at Lunghua camp, a former teacher training college outside Shanghai, where we remained until the end of August 1945. — J. G. Ballard

I have Vie Luxe candles in every room. In 2006 I spent the month of August in Sardinia, and the scent reminds me of the wonderful time we had. — Tamara Mellon

We’re grinding like heck, … to get a chance to roll the dice in August and September. — Buck Showalter

We requested that the committee defer its request for a staff interview at least until after the August recess or until such time as we were better informed. We never received a response to this letter. — Jeff Smith

August used to be a sad month for me. As the days went on, the thought of school starting weighed heavily upon my young frame. That, coupled with the oppressive heat and humidity of my native Washington, D.C., only seemed to heighten the misery. — Henry Rollins

Boston has two seasons: August and winter. — Billy Herman

Sunset Boulevard opened in August 1950, and it was pronounced the best movie ever made about Hollywood. — Gloria Swanson

breathe the sweetness that hovers in August … — Denise Levertov

August is a wicked month. — Edna O’Brien

Then in 1969, I spent the spring term at Cornell University in New York. The invasion of August 1968 had already happened, but the hardline regime took several months to crack down on dissidents. — Vaclav Klaus

We want to make sure the first time someone straps on a football helmet isn’t in August of their freshman year. We’ve had some youth programming, but it’s been piecemeal. With the new plan, we’re trying to coordinate this. — Michael Brown

Youth is in a grand flush, like the hot days of ending summer; and pleasant dreams thrall your spirit, like the smoky atmosphere that bathes the landscape of an August day. — Donald G. Mitchell

If you look underneath the surface of the Tea Party movement, on the other hand, you will find that it is not sophisticated. It’s not like these people have read the economist Friedrich August von Hayek. — Karl Rove

Could you let me have the 3 weeks due to me now and if I work again before August I must of course repay you at the rate of exchange you let me have it at now if you kindly will. — Basil Rathbone

Yesterday’s weak ISM number shows the manufacturing sector is just limping along. Another report this week suggests that Friday’s August employment report may not be very good. Worries about the economy resurface and are reflected in stocks, — Hugh Johnson

There could be oil coming up until August. — Carol Browner

I’ll never be August Wilson – but what I can be is more of myself. — Katori Hall

We usually discuss the goals in August and don’t end up approving them until November. — Pam Richardson

The immense accretion of flesh which had descended on her in middle life like a flood of lava on a doomed city had changed her from a plump active little woman with a neatly-turned foot and ankle into something as vast and august as a natural phenomenon. She had accepted this submergence as philosohpically as all her other trials, and now, in extreme old age, was rewarded by presenting to her mirror an almost unwrinkled expanse of firm pink and white flesh, in the centre of which the traces of a small face survived as if awaiting excavation. — Edith Wharton

I don’t have to get up in the morning and go beat up my body like I used to. I don’t have to be out there in August in 108 degree weather down in Texas. — Emmitt Smith

Woodstock happened in August 1969, long before the Internet and mobile phones made it possible to communicate instantly with anyone, anywhere. It was a time when we werent able to witness world events or the horrors of war live on 24-hour news channels. — Richie Havens

I have always had dense, cyst-prone breasts, so I didn’t think much of it when my OB/GYN discovered a lump on a routine physical exam in August of 2006. ‘It’s a cyst,’ she assured me, and I believed her. Several weeks after, I had a negative mammogram, which should have reassured me. Only something felt wrong about this particular lump. — Susan McBride

When I was playing and practicing in that heat in July and August in Miami with shoulder pads on, it just vaporized me, … Shula would always come over and look at me and say, ‘Where are you? I know you’re not here. You’re just on automatic pilot.’ I was up here in my mind, fishing in a stream. — Larry Csonka

And in doing this I advise you to send to the best manors of your lands those of your household in whom you place most confidence to be present in August at the leading of the corn, and to guard it as aforesaid. — Robert Grosseteste

And out of the blue, I got a call from an editor friend at Knopf and she said that they were interested in putting out an update for their vintage paperback line. So I was more than thrilled and it was suggested that perhaps I could do a 1,000 word new introduction covering what’s happened with the whole Warhol thing since 1990 when the first edition hardcover came out and, uh, that was about August 1st and I sat down at my computer here in East Hampton and on on August 30th I’d written almost 10,000 words! — Bob Colacello

Having personally watched the Voting Rights Act being signed into law that August day, I can’t begin to imagine how we could have all been so wrong in believing that more Americans would vote once they were all truly free to do so. — Andrew Young

We’re doing everything we can. Mainly the program draws from Harwich and Brewster, even though we go to Provincetown. It’s just such a commitment. It’s not like other sports that play once a week and play one game. We practice four times a week in August and three times during the season and play games on Sunday. That’s more than any other sport. — Bill Brooks

And when my second book had come out, Wild Gratitude, I went to Pearl London’s class and she worked through different drafts of poems and there were the drafts of my poem, Wild Gratitude, and I saw that I had begun the poem with the title August 13th. — Edward Hirsch

What’s so special about Danica Patrick is that she’s a racer, not a novelty or pr gimmick, … She was under tremendous pressure the entire month of May in Indianapolis and she came through with flying colors. She’s paid her dues and now is getting the attention she deserves. Her growing popularity with race fans everywhere is a great boost for the league and we look forward to seeing her in August with Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon and the rest of the stars of the Indy 500. — Rob Johnson

In August of 2002, I survived a car accident. Although I can still see the van speeding toward us, I cannot bring to mind the crash itself – only its aftermath. — Siri Hustvedt

We’ve been in our bullpen with a lot of regularity this year in the fifth inning or starting the sixth. We’ve had to use (Julio) Mateo, (J.J.) Putz and (Rafael) Soriano in two-inning stints a lot already this year. If we continue to do that, when we get to August and September and we’re in this, those guys are going to be out of gas because we had to use them so much. — Mike Hargrove

I really started trying to get my act together in August of 2002. — Ethan Suplee

We didn’t wake up in August 2003 and decide to be on the next ballot. This took many efforts at financing and planning this building. — Dale Anderson

The only difference between our August announcement and today is that the SEC put its stamp of approval on it, — Wayne Lee

It was August 28th, 1963, and the greatest civil rights coalition in modern history had descended upon Washington. Hundreds of thousands of protesters trekked through the heat, stretching from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial. — Yvette Clarke

In August most of Europe goes on holiday. — Tony Visconti

I always used to watch ‘The Daily Show,’ and there were all these comedic geniuses there. I didn’t know if I was going to be hired full time or not. At the beginning, I was sort of hired as a part time, on and off guy. When I first got hired – it was August 2006 – and I was working on and off, and they’d call me whenever. — Aasif Mandvi

When I asked for that prepayment, I asked for that to assist our members with back to school expenses and hurricane preparedness. We asked the Government to consider it being paid at the end of August before school had re-opened. — John Pinder

My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July. — Rick Bass

After the success of ‘August,’ there were people saying I should change my life. And maybe I should have bought a yacht and traveled the world instead of returning to Steppenwolf to act in and write plays. But I’m from the Midwest, and that’s what we do: We go back to work. — Tracy Letts

What’s it about,’ I asked, and he said, ‘It’s about a guy selling watermelons,’ … I said, ‘You’re gonna put a black man on stage selling watermelons?’ And August said, ‘He’s trying to buy some land. — Charles Dutton

When my father returned home on the twenty-first of August 1983, he had a speech prepared. Filipinos never got to hear it, because he was murdered right on the tarmac. — Benigno Aquino III

We opened the first Men’s Wearhouse in Houston in August 1973, then a store a year for 10 years in Texas. In the early 1980s I opened a store in the San Francisco Bay Area. Within the year, the Texas economy was in total disarray. We were facing Chapter 11, and if not for the California store, we might not have survived. — George Zimmer

August, the summer’s last messenger of misery, is a hollow actor. — Henry Rollins

I went on inactive duty in August 1945, and since I had stayed in such good shape and had played ball on military teams, I was ready to start for the Indians just two days later, against the Tigers. — Bob Feller

I grew up when one of America’s greatest black playwrights, August Wilson, was writing about life in Pittsburgh, but I never saw myself in any of his straight-male plays. And then I see ‘Angels,’ which was so honest and painful, and it had this black drag queen in it, Belize, with a big heart. I finally had a character to relate to. — Billy Porter

To many, Heathrow in August is a paradigm of Hell. — Paul Johnson

Under current federal policy on human embryonic stem cell research, only those stem cell lines derived before August 9, 2001 are eligible for federally funded research. — Tom Allen

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