Now that the official first day of fall has come and gone, and the cooler temperatures seem to finally be sticking around, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. These literary quotes about fall will make us happy that the dog days of summer are behind us. We can break out the sweaters and boots. We can lay outside in the crisp fall air and read!
Pumpkin and apple picking are back, flannel is back, and of course, the much-discussed PSL is finally back. Sure, some of us may be going back to school, and we're unfortunately not heading to the beach this season, but fall still means tons of time for reading great books. If nothing else, fall means the start of the holiday season, and all the joy it brings. Even if things are a little cold, you can't help but love the fall. Like Fitzgerald said, "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."
As if you weren't excited enough, here are 13 quotes about all the beauty fall brings with it to get you in the spirit.
“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”
— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile."
— William Cullen Bryant
“At no other time 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, Letters On Cezanne
“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, Attachments
"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
“But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass 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, Salem's Lot
"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“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, Angle of Repose
“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, Same Difference
“It was one of those perfect fall days when the air is cool enough to wake you up but the sun is also kissing your face.”
— Anita Diamant, The Boston Girl
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
— Albert Camus
“Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.”
— Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”
— Jim Bishop
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