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As the weather gets colder and the leaves start to change color, you know autumn is creeping in through the dog days of summer. And while spring and summer mark the end of hibernation and the start of longer days, there's something magical that happens when the world shifts to fall. It's no wonder that there are so many fall quotes that celebrate and honor this special time of year, from Thanksgiving quotes and Halloween sayings to standard declarations of love for the changing leaves from your favorite movie characters. Below, we've rounded up the 43 best fall quotes to carry you through the remaining heat waves and into the most joyous time of year.

Simple Fall Quotes

  • "I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." —Henry David Thoreau
  • "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
  • "If I were a bird, I would fly about the Earth seeking the successive autumns." —George Eliot
  • "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
  • "Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day." —Shira Tamir
  • "Autumn leaves are falling, filling up the streets; golden colors on the lawn, nature’s trick or treat!" —Rusty Fischer
  • "My favorite color is October." —Unknown
  • "Autumn wins you best by this, its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay." —Robert Browning
  • "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." —L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
  • "Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year." —Chad Sugg
  • "Autumn skies and pumpkin pies." —Unknown
  • "I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." —Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "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
  • "It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it." —Diana Gabaldon, Outlander
  • "The smile that flickers on a baby's lips when he sleeps—does anyone know where it was born? Yes, there is a rumor that a young pale beam of a crescent moon touched the edge of a vanishing autumn cloud, and there the smile was first born in the dream of a dew-washed morning." — Rabindranath Tagore
  • "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." —Jim Bishop
  • "Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address." —Nora Ephron, You've Got Mail

Poetic Fall Quotes

  • "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." —Albert Camus
  • "Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence." —Yoko Ono
  • "I sit beside the fire and think/ Of all that I have seen/ Of meadow flowers and butterflies/ In summers that have been/ Of yellow leaves and gossamer/ In autumns that there were/ With morning mist and silver sun/ And wind upon my hair." —J.R.R. Tolkien
  • "Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits." —Samuel Butler
  • "There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves." —Joe L. Wheeler
  • "Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves/ We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!" —Humbert Wolfe
  • "Your heart, Bessie, is an autumn garage." —J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey
  • "Days decrease,/ And autumn grows, autumn in everything." —Robert Browning
  • "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
  • "Finally, she mused that human existence is as brief as the life of autumn grass, so what was there to fear from taking chances with your life?" —Mo Yan, Red Sorghum
  • "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
  • "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.
  • "Fall colors are funny. They're so bright and intense and beautiful. It's like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary." —Siobhan Vivian.
  • "The autumn wind is a pirate. Blustering in from sea with a rollicking song he sweeps along swaggering boisterously. His face is whether 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
  • "No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face." —John Donne, The Autumnal
  • "And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves...." — Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
  • "Let misty autumn be our part!/ The twilight of the year is sweet:/ Where shadow and the darkness meet/ Our love, a twilight of the heart/ Eludes a little time's deceit." —Ernest Christopher Dowson

Funny Fall Quotes

  • "Let's pumpkin spice things up a bit." —Unknown
  • "What do you use to mend a jack-o'-lantern? A pumpkin patch." —Unknown
  • "Sweater weather is better together." —Unknown
  • "Why did dusk and fir-scent and the afterglow of autumnal sunsets make people say absurd things?" —L.M. Montgomery, Emily's Quest
  • "Summer makes me drowsy. Autumn makes me sing. Winter's pretty lousy, but I hate Spring." —Dorothy Parker
  • "Oh my gourd, we've got plenty!" —Unknown
  • "It's like going back to school. You know, autumn! Time for Harry Potter." —Robbie Coltrane
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