Depending on where you live in the northern hemisphere, you might have noticed summer has been edging out the door while fall has slowly been making its presence known.
Summer may be the season to vacation. Winter has holidays, and spring is when flowers start to bloom. But there’s something special about fall. It feels peaceful. It’s not too cold but not too hot either. And everywhere you look, the leaves are changing from a uniform green to a fiery display of reds, oranges and yellows.
Fall brings with it a crisper feel in the air, brightly colored leaves and the smell of wood smoke from a fireplace along. And don’t forget about the scent of fresh-made apple or pumpkin pies cooling in the kitchen. Fall brings a feeling of joy, families gathering and football games.
Because of all these characteristics and more, fall has inspired many beautiful quotes and even poems and songs. Here are 20 quotes about fall to share with family and friends this season.
General Autumn Quotes
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ~ George Eliot
“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” ~ unknown
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” ~ Jim Bishop
“I love Autumn, the one season that God seemed to put there just for the beauty of it.” ~ Lee Maynard
“Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.” ~ Marilyn Monroe
“I saw old Autumn in the misty morn stand, shadowless like silence, listening to silence.” ~ Thomas Hood
“I was drinking in the surroundings: air so crisp you could snap it with your fingers and greens in every lush shade imaginable offset by autumnal flashes of red and yellow.” ~ Wendy Delsol Stork
“But I remember more dearly autumn afternoons in bottoms that lay intensely silent under old great trees” ~ C. S. Lewis
“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” ~ Lauren Destefano
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Autumn Quotes About Leaves
Fall is perhaps best known for the changing of the leaves. Here are few quotes about that natural phenomenon.
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ~ Albert Camus
“I see the turning of a leaf dancing in an autumn sun, and brilliant shades of crimson glowing when a day is done.” ~ Hazelmarie Mattie Elliott
“Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable … the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street … by a gusty wind, and the gabble of a flock of migrating geese.” ~ Hal Borland
“Come said the leaves to the wind one day, come o’er the meadows and we will play. Put on your dresses scarlet and gold for summer is gone and the days grow cold.” ~ George Eliot
“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence
Autumn Quotes About Food
Thanksgiving isn’t the only time that food is a central theme, although it could be considered the peak of fall feasting.
“The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them to cider.” ~ Jane Hirshfield
“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.” ~ Sarah Addison Allen
“The season for enjoying the fullness of life — partaking of the harvest, sharing the harvest with others, and reinvesting and saving portions of the harvest for yet another season of growth.” ~ Denis Waitley
“Give me the end of the year an’ its fun when most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done; bring all the wanderers home to the nest, let me sit down with the ones I love best, hear the old voices still ringin’ with song, see the old faces unblemished by wrong, see the old table with all of its chairs an’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.” ~ Edgar A. Guest
“This is the feast-time of the year, when hearts grow warm and home more dear; when autumn’s crimson torch expires to flash again in winter fires; and they who tracked October’s flight through woods with gorgeous hues bedight, in charmed circle sit and praise the goodly log’s triumphant blaze.” ~ Harriet McEwen Kimball
Poems About Fall
Here are a few short poems inspired by fall and filled with plenty of memorable autumn quotes.
“There is something in the autumn that is native to my blood —
Touch of manner, hint of mood;
And my heart is like a rhyme,
With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.”
~ Bliss Carman
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.
With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.
The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”
~ Clyde Watson
“The sweet calm sunshine of October, now
Warms the low spot; upon its grassy mold
The purple oak-leaf falls; the birchen bough
drops its bright spoil like arrow-heads of gold.”
~ William Cullen Bryant
“Listen! The wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves!”
– Humbert Wolfe
Fall Quotes From Songs
Autumn’s beauty and competitive mood have inspired many songs. Here are a few autumn quotes from those tunes.
“Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few/ September, November/ And these few precious days I’ll spend with you/ These precious days I’ll spend with you” ~ Frank Sinatra, “September Song”
“Thru the trees comes autumn with her serenade/ Melodies the sweetest music ever played” ~ John Coltrane, “Autumn Serenade”
“This autumn in New York/ Transforms the slums into Mayfair/ Oh, autumn in New York/ You’ll need no castles in Spain” ~ Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, “Autumn in New York”
One Bonus Fall Quote
There’s a reason why there are so many beautiful quotes about fall: It’s a gorgeous, inspiring season. From food to time with family to colorful natural beauty, there’s certainly a lot to celebrate.
Autumn’s harvest fills cupboards and bellies, and as one generation shares recipes with another, as families and friends gather around the table, autumn comes to represent a kind of peace and contentment. But no matter where you are in the fall, this last quote says it all.
“I am made for autumn. Summer and I have a fickle relationship, but everything about autumn is perfect to me. Wooly jumpers, scarves, thin first, then thick, socks. The low slanting light, the crisp mornings, the chill in my fingers those last warm sunny days before the rain and the wind. The moody hues and subdued palate punctuated every now and again by a brilliant orange, scarlet or copper goodbye.” ~ Alys Fowler
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