Fall Quotes and Sayings for Autumn

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Now that September is upon us, it seems that we can almost smell Fall in the air! These fall quotes are the perfect way to start a great season.

Summer may be fun, but when the weather gets cooler and the leaves start falling, we can tell that a change is happening. Autumn is the transition season that leads us from the hot, bright sunny months into the cold, dark nights of winter and all of the fun the end of the year will bring.

When Fall begins, we are just a hop, skip and jump away from Halloween, Thanksgiving, and (dare I say it?!) Christmas.

So whether autumn is your favorite time of year, or you just want to get in the in the mood for a new season, here are some of the best fall quotes to help.

Quotes about Fall

The Autumn season is known as Fall in the US and Canada because one of the characteristics of the season is the shedding of leaves from deciduous trees.

The colors we all associate with Fall – the transition from green to light yellow, deep gold, orange, crimson and dark red – are all inspired by this natural process.

Falling leaves and the colors of the season have fascinated writers and poets for centuries. Here are some of their best quotes about fall.

F Scott Fitgerald fall quote "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall"
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.


And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.

Oscar Wilde

Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves.

Humbert Wolfe

And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves.

Virginia Woolf

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.

Elizabeth Lawrence
"The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go"
“The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.” – Unknown

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

Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.

Chad Sugg

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.

Henry David Thoreau

Is this not a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love – that makes life and nature harmonize.

George Eliot

How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.

John Burrows
Shira Tamir fall quote "Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day"
“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.” – Shira Tamir

Still looking for a way to get in the spirit in this great season? Check out our 10 Books to Read in the Fall and find a new favorite today.

Autumn Quotes

Though Autumn is traditionally a season of letting things go, it can also be a season of renewal and rebirth. A time to adopt a fresh new outlook and find enjoyment in the little things.

There may be fewer flowers, but there are plenty of ripe fruits to be found! From group hikes to apple picking and pumpkin patches, fall is the best season to get out outside with friends and family.

Many churches and local organizations have pumpkin patches where you can go and snap a few photos and buy a few pumpkins. Whether you want to make a pie or a Halloween lantern, this is the perfect place!

Albert Camus fall quote "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower"
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

Autumn is as joyful and sweet as an untimely end.

Remy de Gourton

Autumn leaves are falling, filling up the streets; golden colors on the lawn, nature’s trick or treat!

Rusty Fischer

Autumn mornings: sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year’s end and day’s beginnings.

Terri Guillemets

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.

Stanley Horowitz

There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of Autumn leaves.

Joe. L. Wheeler
"Autumn... the year's last, loveliest smile"
“Autumn… the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – William Cullen Bryant

It was a beautiful, bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.

Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.

Samuel Butler

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

And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and autumn was awakened.

Raquel Franco

I loved Autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.

Lee Maynard
"Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons"
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” – Jim Bishop

Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar.

Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing

Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.

J.K. Rowling

A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.

E.E. Cummings

Dancing of the autumn laves on a surface of a lake is a dream we see when we are awake.

Mehmet Murat Idles

If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.

Victoria Erickson
Nietzsche fall quote "Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature"
“Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.

Sarah Addison Allen

Go, sit upon the lofty hill, And turn your eyes around, Where waving woods and waters wild Do hymn an autumn sound. The summer sun is faint on them— The summer flowers depart— Sit still— as all transform’d to stone, Except your musing heart.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, The Autumn

The heart of autumn must have broken here, and poured its treasure upon the leaves.

Charlotte Bates

The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them to cider.

Jane Hirshfield, The Heat of Autumn

Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.

Truman Capote
Emily Brontë quote "Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree"
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” – Emily Brontë

After the heat of summer, the coming of cooler days can be a real treat.

It’s time to get bundled up and enjoy walking outside in the fresh cool air, watching the leaves, before coming home to get cozy with a cup of cocoa or hot apple cider.

Whether you wait for pumpkin spice and all things nice all year long, or are just excited for the cooler weather, we hope these autumn quotes have you excited for the coming of Fall!

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Natalie Seale

Natalie Seale is a writer and researcher with an MA, MSc, and PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh. Natalie is an avid reader, a keen traveller, and enjoys cooking and walking with her English Spaniel. Her posts focus on inspiring ideas and tips that help people learn, gro, and inspire others.

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