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The fall is nearly upon us, and we can taste those PSLs already. Embrace the crisp season of colors with our list of the best quotes about autumn.

Embrace the fall season with these quotes about autumn

We may call it fall, we may call it autumn… by the time it’s late September, we’re ready for crispy winds & golden-brown skies. It’s as if nature bursts with violent shades of red, orange, yellow, and pink. The leaves change colors before they fall to the ground, soon crowding driveways & parking lots, walkways & parks. 

That’s how we know it’s time to bring out our oversized sweaters, scented candles, and garden rakes. Pumpkin spiced lattes are suddenly back like they were never gone. Strolling through the park seems magical. It also starts the beginning of festivities, so we’re not surprised that many a poet & artist have written praises for autumn like a lover. 

Here are some of our favorite quotes about autumn.

Gratitude for the existence of October

In her book Anne of Green Gables, author LM Montgomery writes, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”. And we couldn’t agree more. With the falling leaves all around, it’s hard not to think about renewal, hope, and second chances. What’s not to be thankful for?

The hues of autumn

If there’s one quote about autumn that simultaneously leaves us with a visceral as well as a descriptive image of the season, it’s by Sarah Addison Allen in her book First Frost, “It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon”.

Camus chips in

French philosopher & prolific author Albert Camus compared autumn to spring in the most loving manner when he said, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”.

Count on Hemingway to move your soul

In A Moveable Feast, Hemingway wrote about the symbolic nature of the seasons – how spring feels like blooming hope, winter feels frigid, and so on. 

“You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person died for no reason”.

Playing favorites

If fall is your favorite season, you’d concur with Lauren DeStefano, “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”.

Love is hard

You might love autumn to bits but it’s still hard to fall in love. The emotion is perfectly encapsulated by Andrea Gibson, “Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like…they’re falling in love with the ground”.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

We realise JK Rowling has spoiled our enjoyment a bit with her transphobia, but the charm of Harry Potter cannot be tarnished so easily. 

So, we throw it back to the iconic series with a vivid description of the fall season, “Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple”.

Value of the autumnal gifts

As we emerge out of the pandemic, we’re acutely aware of the value of the little gifts in life. Nathaniel Hawthorne sums it best about the bright skies, “I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house”.

The poetry of autumn

Trust Rainer Maria Rilke to put a poetic spin on the season that steals our hearts with its hues. 

“At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds. Containing depth within itself, darkness, something of the grave almost”.

Winnie the Pooh

When Pooh exclaims that it’s the first day of autumn, he quickly follows it up with our favorite parts of autumn too: hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves.

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