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70 Autumn Quotes that Show the Beauty of the Season

Published on October 12, 2020 6:10 AM EST
70 Autumn Quotes that Show the Beauty of the Season

Enjoy the beauty of fall and the changing seasons all year long with these Autumn quotes. 

There is nothing quite like the change that autumn brings as the seasons change. People love the crisp fall air, drinking apple cider and taking in the stunning fall colors. Others enjoy things like football season and chili by the warmth of a fire.

70 Autumn Quotes that Show the Beauty of the Season

What’s your favorite thing about autumn?

Some days give you a reminder of what summer graced you with and other days give you a preview of what winter has in store. Autumn is that sweet spot between the two that you get to enjoy year after year.

In that respect, below is our collection of inspirational, wise, thought-provoking autumn quotes and sayings, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

Peaceful autumn quotes

1. “Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love—that makes life and nature harmonize.” – George Eliot

2. “Autumn mornings: sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year’s end and day’s beginnings.” – Terri Guillemets

3. “I saw old autumn in the misty morn stand shadowless like silence, listening to silence.” – Thomas Hood

4. “Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” – Samuel Butler

5. “No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” – John Donne

6. “There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

7. “Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.” – Unknown

8. “Autumn’s the mellow time.” – William Allingham

9. “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” – Emily Brontë

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Autumn quotes about its beauty

10. “Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.” – Stanley Horowitz

11. “I loved autumn, the season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.” – Lee Maynard

12. “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

13. “Dancing of the autumn laves on a surface of a lake is a dream we see when we are awake.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

14. “Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – John Howard Bryant

15. “Autumn that year painted the countryside in vivid shades of scarlet, saffron, and russet, and the days were clear and crisp under the harvest skies.” – Sharon Kay Penman

16. “And when you take something like the changing colour of autumn leaves and start to ask why; you’re starting off on an intellectual journey which will take you beyond that moment of visual satisfaction while robbing nothing from that experience.” – Alice Roberts

17. “The tints of autumn…a mighty flower garden blossoming under the spell of the enchanter, frost.” – John Greenleaf Whittier

18. “How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” – John Burroughs

19. “There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.” – Joe Wheeler

20. “October’s poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter.” – Nova Blair

Autumn quotes about changes

21. “And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves…” – Virginia Woolf

22. “Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” – J.K. Rowling

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23. “Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” – Chad Sugg

24. “The heat of autumn / is different from the heat of summer / One ripens apples, the other turns them to cider.” – Jane Hirshfield

25. “The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives, but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can’t but help think back to the year that was, and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching.” – Enya

26. “Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.” – Shira Tamir

27. “Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.” – Elizabeth Bowen

28. “Autumn leaves are falling, filling up the streets; golden colors on the lawn, nature’s trick or treat!” – Rusty Fischer

29. “And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and autumn was awakened.” – Racquel Franco

30. “Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” – Unknown

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Autumn quotes to inspire love

31. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

32. “…I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

33. “I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sunburnt leaves.” – Ann Drake

34. “Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

35. “October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!” – Rainbow Rowell

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36. “There is one thing I do miss in L.A. I love autumn.” – Christopher Waltz

37. “For anyone who lives in the oak-and-maple area of New England, there is a perennial temptation to plunge into a purple sea of adjectives about October.” – Hal Borland

38. “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – L.M. Montgomery

Fun autumn quotes

39. “It’s the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves!” – Winnie the Pooh

40. “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

41. “If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.” – Victoria Erickson

42. “The autumn wind is a pirate. Blustering in from sea with a rollicking song he sweeps along swaggering boisterously. His face is weather beaten, he wears a hooded sash with a silver hat about his head… The autumn wind is a raider, pillaging just for fun.” – Steve Sabol

Autumn quotes to motivate you

43. “I hope I can be the autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.” – Dodinsky

44. “No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring.” – Samuel Johnson 

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

46. “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

47. “It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the autumn.” – B.C. Forbes

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48. “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

49. “Or maybe spring is the season of love and fall the season of mad lust. Spring for flirting but fall for the untamed delicious wild thing.” – Elizabeth Cohen

50. “I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of the time.” – Robert Browning

Autumn quotes to elevate your mind

51. “Nothing is more fleeting than external form, which withers and alters like the flowers of the field at the appearance of autumn.” – Umberto Eco

52. “An autumn garden has a sadness when the sun is not shining…”― Francis Brett Young

53. “Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to spring.” – Doug Larson

54. “Autumn is leaving its mellowness behind for its spiky, rotted stage. Don’t remember summer even saying goodbye.”― David Mitchell

55. “She looked like autumn, when leaves turned and fruit ripened.”― Sarah Addison Allen

56. “Autumn is no time to lie alone.”― Murasaki Shikibu

57. “Autumn is as joyful and sweet as an untimely end.”― Remy de Gourmont

58. “When the autumn meets the tranquillity, there you can see the King of the Sceneries!”― Mehmet Murat ildan

59. “I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.”― Lee Maynard

60. “Sometimes I’m the winter tree and most of these times, a gathering of autumn leaves.”― Goitsemang Mvula

More autumn quotes and sayings

61. “Wild is the music of the autumnal winds amongst the faded woods.” – William Wordsworth

62. “The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” – John Muir

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

64. “I see … the turning of a leaf dancing in an autumn sun, and brilliant shades of crimson glowing when a day is done.” — Mattie Elliott

65. “The Autumn is old; The sere leaves are flying; He hath gathered up gold, And now he is dying… Old age, begin sighing!” – Thomas Hood

66. “Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.” — Faith Baldwin

67. “Of all the seasons, autumn offers the most to man and requires the least of him.” – Hal Borland

68. “You can’t hide your true colors as you approach the autumn of your life.” — Unknown

69. “It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.” – Diana Gabaldon

70. “Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.” — Andrea Gibson

Did you enjoy these autumn quotes?

If you don’t live in a location with changing seasons, plan a trip to a state like Maine or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or any state that experiences the four distinct seasons. Check online to see when the fall colors are predicted to peak and plan your trip for that time. You’ll be amazed at the stunning landscapes that you’ll find. There’s nothing quite like it. 

The changing seasons can also be applied to your life. Just as nature goes through a transformation each year, lives go through ups and downs. But something beautiful can be found in each stage.

What’s your biggest takeaway from these autumn quotes and sayings? Do you have any other favorite quotes to add? Let us know in the comment?

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