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120 Fall Quotes to Celebrate the Beauty of the Season

It’s time to fall in love with autumn all over again.

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 nights of winter and all of the fun the end of the year will bring.

Crisp air and golden hues officially welcome fall each year in late September. The Autumn season is known as Fall in the US and Canada because one of the season’s characteristics is the shedding of leaves from deciduous trees. The weather is just about perfect now, which makes it ideal for enjoying the best leaf-peeping in America. There’s truly no better time to take in the beautiful landscape this country has to offer than now, which brings us to one of the biggest reasons to love fall yet: Thanksgiving! One of our favourite holidays is the bookend to this fabulous time of year. Pumpkins, hot apple cider, warm sweaters, fluffy scarves, boots… these are all things we have to look forward to in the coming weeks.

And over the years the cool, but vibrant season has inspired many wordsmiths to wax poetic about its unreal beauty. To help you appreciate the autumn season even more, we’ve rounded up the best fall quotes as a tribute to the best — and cosiest — time of the year.

120 Fall Quotes That’ll Make You Long for Autumn

Top 10 Fall Quotes

“As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous a** as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.” – Stephen King

“Days decrease, And autumn grows, autumn in everything.” – Robert Browning

“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

“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

“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

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

“The autumn leaves blew over the moonlit pavement in such a way as to make the girl who was moving there seem fixed to a sliding walk, letting the motion of the wind and the leaves carry her forward … The trees overhead made a great sound of letting down their dry rain.” – Ray Bradbury

“The white towers and golden domes of the church gleamed in the sapphire sky. The luxuriant autumn asleep till morning. The silence of the earth seemed to merge with the silence of the heavens and the mystery of the earth touched the mystery of the stars.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

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“Autumn… the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – William Cullen Bryant

“Autumn would come to this place of welcome, this place I would know to be home. Autumn would come and the air would grow cool, dry and magic, as it does that time of the year.” – Henry Rollins

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

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

“Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.” – Yoko Ono

“Autumn lingered on as if fond of its own perfection.” – Winston Graham, Ross Poldark

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

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

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

“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

“Autumn is as joyful and sweet as an untimely end.” – Rémy de Gourmon

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

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

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

“Autumn … the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – William Cullen Bryant

“And autumn is the best time for adventures, because even the world is feeling a little more alive.” – Marisa Casciano

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

Short Fall Quotes

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

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” – Oscar Wilde

“Another fall, another turned page.” – Wallace Stegner

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

“Everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” – Elizabeth Lawrence

“Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard.” – Walt Whitman

“If the leaves are changing, I feel poetry in the air.” – Laura Jaworski

“The heart of autumn must have broken here, and poured its treasure upon the leaves.” – Charlotte Bates

“There are no days so delightful as those of a fine October.” – Alexander Smith

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

Cute Fall Quotes

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

“But I miss you most of all, my darling when autumn leaves start to fall.” – Natalie Cole

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

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

“Never let me lose what I have gained, and adorn the branches of your river with leaves of my estranged Autumn.” – Federico García Lorca

“Once upon a time, there was a boy who lived in a house across the field, from a girl who no longer exists. They made up a thousand games. She was queen and he was king. In the autumn light her hair shone like a crown. They collected the world in small handfuls, and when the sky grew dark, they parted with leaves in their hair.” – Nicole Kraus

“See it, smell it, taste, it, and forget the time of day or year. Autumn needs no clock or calendar.” – Hal Borland

“The apartment below mine had the only balcony of the house. I saw a girl standing on it, completely submerged in the pool of autumn twilight. She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.” – J.D. Salinger

“The bright summer had passed away, and gorgeous autumn was flinging its rainbow-tints of beauty on hill and dale.” – Cornelia L. Tuthill

“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 (See also: baby quotes)

“The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.”

“There is a time in the last few days of summer when the ripeness of autumn fills the air, and time is quiet and mellow.” – Rudolfo Anaya

“There was a hint of spring in her sole green eyes, something summery in her complexion, and a rich autumn ripeness in her walk.” – Toni Morrison

“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

Funny Fall Quotes

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“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

“I was drinking in the surroundings: air so crisp you could snap it with your fingers and greens in every lush shade imaginable offset by autumnal flashes of red and yellow.” – Wendy Delsol

“If you run, then allow those first few breaths on a cool Autumn day to FREEZE your lungs and do not just be alarmed, be ALIVE.” – Kyle Lake

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

“Just as a painter needs light in order to put the finishing touches to his picture, so I need an inner light, which I feel I never have enough of in the autumn.” – Leo Tolstoy

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

“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

“October, the extravagant sister, has ordered an immense amount of the most gorgeous forest tapestry for her grand reception.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

“The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.” – Henry Beston

“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 Shelley

“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

Inspirational Fall Quotes

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“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

“After the keen still days of September, the October sun filled the world with mellow warmth … The maple tree in front of the doorstep burned like a gigantic red torch. The oaks along the roadway glowed yellow and bronze. The fields stretched like a carpet of jewels, emerald and topaz and garnet. Everywhere she walked the color shouted and sang around her … In October any wonderful unexpected thing might be possible.” – Elizabeth George Speare

“And the sunsets of Autumn—are they not gorgeous beyond description? More so than the brightest dreams of poetry?” – Charles Lanman

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

“Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.” – Truman Capote

“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.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. 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

“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

“He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.” – J.R.R Tolkien

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn — that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness — that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.” – Jane Austen

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

“My heart is drumming in my chest so hard it aches, but it’s the good kind of ache, like the feeling you get on the first real day of autumn, when the air is crisp and the leaves are all flaring at the edges and the wind smells just vaguely of smoke – like the end and the beginning of something all at once.” – Lauren Oliver

“Now Autumn’s fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt.” – William Allingham

“September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.” – Helen Hunt Jackson

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

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

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

First Day Of Fall Quotes

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“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

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

“Let there be pumpkin spice.”

“Autumn leaves and pumpkins, please.”

“Early sunsets, warm tea, messy hair, warm sweaters.”

“There is a harmony in autumn and a luster in its sky…” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Light breeze, colorful leaves, bare trees. It must be Autumn.”

“There is always something to be thankful for.”

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

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, falling from the autumn tree.” – Emily Bronte

“Autumn killed the summer with the softest kiss.”

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

“Pumpkin spice and everything nice.”

“Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul…” – Peggy Toney Horton

“There are two times of the year. Autumn and waiting for Autumn.”

“Fall breeze and autumn leaves.”

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

“So long summer, hello fall.”

“Psithurism: The sound of the leaves rustling as the wind blows through the trees.”

“Oh fall, it’s nice to see you again.”

“The only thing getting ‘lit’ this weekend are my fall scented candles.”

“Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen.”

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

“Be like a tree, and let the dead leaves drop.” – Rumi

“It’s fall, y’all.”

“I love fall most of all.”

“I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze.”

Fall Quotes About Love

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“We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it, if it were not the earth where the same flowers come up again every spring that we used to gather with our tiny fingers as we sat lisping to ourselves on the grass, the same hips and haws on the autumn hedgerows, the same redbreasts that we used to call ‘God’s birds’ because they did no harm to the precious crops. What novelty is worth that sweet monotony where everything is known and loved because it is known?” – George Eliot

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

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

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

“It’s autumn in New York that brings the promise of new love.” – Ella Fitzgerald

“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

Fall Quotes About Life

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“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.” – Ernest Hemingway

“That old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air … Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.” – Wallace Stegner

“That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain.” – Ray Bradbury

“It can be a time to adopt a fresh new outlook on life 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.”

“Life is deep and high and distant; and though only your vast vision can reach even her feet, yet she is near; and though only the breath of your breath reaches her heart, the shadow of your shadow crosses her face, and the echo of your faintest cry becomes a spring and an autumn in her breast.” – Khalil Gibran

“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

“It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.” – P.D. James

“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

Originally published June 22, 2021, updated June 26, 2021

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