Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus
I’m usually a summer kind of girl, one for the long days and warm sunshine and sweet flower fragrance in the breeze. But this fall has been one that has made me reconsider which season I love most. Has it done that for you, too?
This autumn has been warm and sunny and filled with rich color, so much that it’s impossible not to think of the trees as flaming and the skies as fair and blue or dark and moody. As the leaves have been twirling to the ground, I’ve thought many times of some of my favorite quotes — the following are paired with some recent and favorite photographs of autumn.
10 Favorite Autumn Quotes and Photographs
…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
Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. – Jim Bishop
Besides the Autumn poets sing
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the Haze…
Grant me, Oh Lord, a sunny mind—
Thy windy will to bear!
– Emily Dickinson
It is a delightful pastime to sit in the pleasant sunshine of autumn, and gazing from this little spot of free earth over such a landscape, let the imagination luxuriate amid the thrilling associations of the scene! – H.T. Tuckerman
The time of the falling leaves has come again. Once more in our morning walk we tread upon carpets of gold and crimson, of brown and bronze, woven by the winds or the rains out of these delicate textures while we slept. How beautifully the leaves grow old! How full of light and color are their last days! There are exceptions, of course. The leaves of most of the fruit-trees fade and wither and fall ingloriously. They bequeath their heritage of color to their fruit. Upon it they lavish the hues which other trees lavish upon their leaves…. But in October what a feast to the eye our woods and groves present! The whole body of the air seems enriched by their calm, slow radiance. They are giving back the light they have been absorbing from the sun all summer. – John Burroughs, “The Falling Leaves,” Under the Maples
Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
’Neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I’m trying to please to the calling
Of your heartstrings that play soft and low…
– Van Morrison, “Moondance,” one of my favorite songs
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. She occupied her mind as much as possible in such like musings and quotations… – Jane Austen
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
Around and around the house the leaves fall thick—but never fast, for they come circling down with a dead lightness that is sombre and slow. – Charles Dickens
Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day!
Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the autumn tree…
– Emily Brontë
Do you have a favorite quote about autumn? Has yours been color-filled? Please share in the comments with us!