As writers, we all know august, with a small a, means respected and impressive. The word, august, is derived from the Latin word augustus, meaning consecrated.
You may remember hearing in world history about Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor. The Roman Senate changed the name of the month, Sextilis, to Augustus to honor the emperor.
Language is suffering in the contemporary world. Blame it on the public education system, on texting, or on the decline in reading, but perhaps all of those reasons are responsible.
However, this is a post about wise quotes about the month of August, not a thesis on the damage to our eloquent language.
August Quotes About August
(1) August is the month of the high-sailing hawks. The hen hawk is the most noticeable. He likes the haze and calm of these long, warm days. He is a bird of leisure and seems always at his ease. How beautiful and majestic are his movements! —John Burroughs
Saturday, at our house in the country, a huge hawk landed in our backyard and spent an hour
After a bit, the hawk flew up to the peak of the roof and settled there. It was interesting to see how the other birds that usuallly hung out on the high lines and in the trees steered clear of the house.
In fact, a mockingbird came swooping toward the porch. I guess it saw the hawk up on the roof and literally made a U-turn and flew away.
(Red-tailed Hawk image By Greg Hume (Greg5030) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17099408)
(2) That smell of freshly cut grass makes me think of Friday night football in high school. The smell of popcorn and cigar smoke reminds me of the stadium. The cutting of the grass reminds me of the August practice. —Garth Brooks
The freshly cut grass makes me think of band practice out in a field on a scorching day in August before school started.
(3) It must be the PGA Championship if it's August and you can sit down and talk to the heat or reach inside your shirt, where it's 110 degrees, and grab handfuls of humidity. —Dan Jenkins
I believe it was 112 at our house in the country yesterday. Stifling. I totally understand what Jenkins meant about grabbing handfuls of humidity.
(4) 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
It's an eloquent and poetic way of saying there's simply no rhyme or reason why things happen so be kind to each other.
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