These November quotes will remind you that change is a normal and beautiful thing. Even if it feels like we are entering a dark and dreadful winter, spring will always be around the corner, and for that, we should remember to count our blessings and be thankful.
November is a month of transition
This is when the last of the leaves on the trees turn brown and fall to the ground. The first snow covers the earth, and the days start to get shorter and colder.
In November, we swap the beautiful colors of September and October for browns and grays, and for many people, seasonal depression starts to kick in.
But November is also the start of the holidays. It’s a month of gratitude, of making delicious food, and of spending time with loved ones.
Though winter is coming and that means change, we know that spring is just around the corner and soon the days will be long and warm again.
Don’t forget to also check out these winter quotes to get you through the coldest yet magical season of the year.
Inspirational November quotes about the changing of the seasons
1. “November. Crows are approaching, wounded leaves fall to the ground.” – Sir Kristian Goldmund Aumann
2. “The river this November afternoon rests in an equipoise of sun and cloud. A glooming light, a gleaming darkness shroud. Its passage. All seems tranquil, all in tune.” – Cecil Day-Lewis
3. “My lovely November. Have you seen my heart, somewhere in your castle of yellow leaves?” – A Waltz for Zizi
4. “Autumn. The greatest show of all times.” – Mehmet Murat Idan
5. “November with uncanny witchery in its changed trees. With murky red sunsets flaming in smoky crimson behind the westering hills. With dear days when the austere woods were beautiful and gracious in a dignified serenity of folded hands and closed eyes–days full of a fine, pale sunshine that sifted through the late, leafless gold of the juniper-trees and glimmered among the grey beeches, lighting up evergreen banks of moss and washing the colonnades of the pines.” — Lucy Maud Montgomery
6. “Spring’s wakening bugle long is hushed, long dimm’d is Summer’s splendor October yields her easel bright to “black and white” November.” – James Rigg
7. “How sad would be November if we had no knowledge of the spring.” – Edwin Way Teale
8. “October’s foliage yellows with his cold. In rattling showers dark November’s rain. From every stormy cloud, descends amain, till keen December’s snows close up the year again.” – John Ruskin
9. “The wild November comes at last beneath a veil of rain. The night wind blows its folds aside, her face is full of pain. The latest of her race, she takes the Autumn’s vacant throne. She has but one short moon to live and she must live alone.” – R.H. Stoddard
10. “That soft autumnal time, the woodland foliage now is gathered by the wild November blast.” – John Howard Bryant
11. “November woods are bare and still. November days are bright and good. Life’s noon burns up life’s morning chill. Life’s night rests feet which long have stood.” – Helen Fiske Hunt Jackson
November quotes to welcome winter
12. “October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.” – J.K. Rowling
13. “November comes 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
14. “The house was very quiet, and the fog we are in November now pressed against the windows like an excluded ghost.” – E.M. Forster
15. “There is October in every November and there is November in every December. All seasons melted in each other’s life.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
16. “It is also November. The noons are more laconic and the sunsets sterner and Gibraltar lights make the village foreign.” — Emily Dickinson
17. “The widower reviewed his past in a sunless light which was intensified by the greyness of the November twilight, whilst the bells subtly impregnated the surrounding atmosphere with the melody of sounds that faded like the ashes of dead years.” – Georges Rodenbach
18. “How I wish to fly with the geese away from dreary November days, the “freeze-up,” and cruel winter. Away from loneliness, isolation, and anxiety bred by blizzards. Most every local person I’ve talked to grudgingly admits to an autumn apprehension. It is part and parcel of an Adirondacker’s psychological makeup. The geese contaminate us with this strange depression on their southbound flight and cure us with their northbound. In between, we try to tolerate winter, each in his or her own way.” – Anne LaBastille
19. “Days with a high-sprung sky of flawless turquoise. Days when an exquisite melancholy seemed to hang over the landscape and dream about the lake. But days, too, of the wild blackness of great autumn storms, followed by dank, wet, streaming nights when there was witch-laughter in the pines and fitful moans among the mainland trees. What cared they? Old Tom had built his roof well, and his chimney drew.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery
Thankful November quotes and sayings
20. “November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.” – Emily Dickinson
21. “November is usually such a disagreeable month as if the year had suddenly found out that she was growing old and could do nothing but weep and fret over it.” — L.M. Montgomery
22. “In November, the earth is growing quiet. It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures. The bed is white and silent, and much life can hide beneath its blankets.” – Cynthia Rylant
23. “A barren realm of withered fields, bleak woods, and falling leaves. The palest morns that ever dawned, the dreariest of eves. It is no wonder that she comes, poor month with tears of pain. For what can one so hopeless do but weep, and weep again.” – R.H. Stoddard
24. “The world is tired, the year is old, the faded leaves are glad to die.” – Sara Teasdale
25. “In rough October earth must disrobe her, stars fall and shoot. In keen November, and night is long, and cold is strong nn bleak December”. – Christina G. Rossetti
26. “Even when November’s sun is low and Winter flaps his fleecy wings. Thy gold among his silvery snow a solace in the sadness brings.” – James Rigg
27. “So dull and dark are the November days. The lazy mist high up the evening curled, and now the morn quite hides in smoke and haze. The place we occupy seems all the world.” – John Clare
Motivational November quotes that ignite happiness
28. “Jam on November took away the worries, It was like tasting summer.” – El Fuego
29. “Welcome sweet November, the season of senses and my favorite month of all.” – Gregory F. Lenz
30. “In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year.” – Cynthia Rylant
31. “In November, people are good to each other. They carry pies to each other’s homes and talk by crackling woodstoves, sipping mellow cider. They travel very far on a special November day just to share a meal with one another and to give thanks for their many blessings – for the food on their tables and the babies in their arms.” – Cynthia Rylant
32. “Happiness isn’t something you experience; it’s something you remember.” – Oscar Levant
33. “The month of November makes me feel that life is passing more quickly. In an effort to slow it down, I try to fill the hours more meaningfully. – Henry Rollins
34. “I go to Japan every November on vacation, and the one thing I never return home without is yuba, which is the thin skin that forms atop boiling soy milk. You skim it off and either eat it fresh or dry it.” – Hanya Yanagihara
35. “I have come to regard November as the older, harder man’s October. I appreciate the early darkness and cooler temperatures. It puts my mind in a different place than October. It is a month for a quieter, slightly more subdued celebration of summer’s death as winter tightens its grip.” – Henry Rollins
36. “Fear not November’s challenge bold. We’ve books and friends, and hearths that never can grow cold. These make amends.” – Alexander L. Fraser
37. “Cosy fire a-burning bright, cosy tables robed in white. Dainty dishes smoking hot. Home. And cold and snow forgot. – Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron
38. “When shriek’d the bleak November winds and smote the woods, and the brownfields were herbless, and the shades. That met above the merry rivulet, were spoil’d, I sought, I loved them still, they seem’d like old companions in adversity.” – William Cullen Bryant
More beautiful November quotes and sayings
39. “But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the wood for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.” – L.M. Montgomery
40. “I know that I have died before once in November.” – Anne Sexton
41. “This November there seems to be nothing to say.” – Anne Sexton
42. “Don’t wait until the fourth Thursday in November, to sit with family and friends to give thanks. Make every day a day of Thanksgiving.” – Charmaine J Forde
43. “In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones. Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still.” – Cynthia Rylant
44. “Wind warns November’s done with. The blown leaves make bat-shapes, Web-winged and furious.” – Sylvia Plath
45. “The November evening had a bite; it nibbled not-quite-gently at her cheeks and ears. In Virginia, the late autumn was a lover, still, but a dangerous one.” – J. Aleksandr Wootton
46. “November is Hip-Hop History Month, where we give celebration to what hip hop has done to bring together people of the world, people of all nationalities, young people, all the political systems and politicians on the planet.” – Afrika Bambaataa
47. “And November sad, a psalm. Tender, trustful, full of balm. Thou must breathe in spirits calm.” – Caroline May
48. “Peering from some high window, at the gold of November sunset and feeling that if day has to become night, this is a beautiful way. – E.E. Cummings
49. “November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year.” – Louisa May Alcott
50. “All Nature mourns, I said, November wild hath torn the fairest pages from her book. – Albert Laighton
What makes November special?
While November guides us through the transition from fall to winter, and winter often symbolizes death, November is a symbol of hope. The transition reminds us that change is constant, and, soon, spring will come again.
The month of November symbolizes knowledge and wisdom as the year is coming to a close and we begin to reflect on what we learned throughout the last 10 months.
November is also a symbol of gratitude. For hundreds of years, people have been celebrating the end of the harvests in November and gathering with loved ones to count their blessings.
How do you celebrate November? Which November quotes and sayings are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.
April 29, 2021 7:00 AM EST