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Write as Rain: 12 Quotations about Precipitation  by Jessica Barrah
“I am in love with moistness” muses the narrator of The Mill on the Floss. But for a lot of us, rain can be a pain – especially in the summer when our plans go ‘al fresco’. Rain may, however, be good for writers and not just because it forces us to stay indoors in a nice dry study. Plenty of writers have written about rain, as part of the plot, or to add atmosphere.

When the summer’s getting too soggy to bear, read The Long Rain by Ray Bradbury, a short story about rain, published in the anthology, The Illustrated Man. Four men crash land on a planet where it is always raining. As they try to reach the safety of the Sun Domes, they end up being driven insane by the endless rains.

“The rain continued. It was a hard rain, a perpetual rain, a sweating and steaming rain; it was a mizzle, a downpour, a fountain, a whipping at the eyes, an undertow at the ankles; it was a rain to drown all rains and the memory of rains.”

So it’s not as bad as all that. Here are twelve more quotations about rain.

1. “Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.”― Vladimir Nabokov

2. “It was raining in the small, mountainous country of Llamedos. It was always raining in Llamedos. Rain was the country’s main export. It had rain mines.”― Terry Pratchett, Soul Music

3. “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

4. “Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.” ― Frank A. Clark

5. “I love the rain. I want the feeling of it on my face.”
―Katherine Mansfield

6. “Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky.”
―Lucius Annaeus Seneca

7. “One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.” ― John Steinbeck

8. “Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”
―John Updike

9. “The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.”― Lucretius

10. “It’s a relief to hear the rain. It’s the sound of billions of drops, all equal, all equally committed to falling, like a sudden outbreak of democracy.”― Alice Oswald

11. “I don’t consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin.” ―Leonard Cohen

12. “I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.”― Pablo Neruda

And finally, why not try this quiz from The Guardian, all about rain in literature?

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