25 Quotes on the Beauty of the Fall Season

I love the fall season. I love all the reds, gold, and browns, the slight chill in the air, and watching the geese fly south in a V

Like spring, fall is a season of transformation. As we watch the leaves change and fall, it’s natural to reflect on the seasons of our own lives and the large and small shifts that are underway. Fall is also a time for harvesting the fruits of our labors—both literally and figuratively—as well as celebrating our growth and gathering with loved ones for time-honored holidays and traditions.

For so many people, fall is the most magical time of the year. As summer ends, a bit of chill fills the air leading to the myriad of foliage colors seen as the trees prepare for winter. Sweaters and flannels emerge as well as all the seasonal flavors such as warm cinnamon sugar, pumpkin spice, and salted caramel. Football games and bonfires become favorite weekend activities and many folks enjoy trips to the pumpkin patch and apple picking.

Cherohala Skyway, North Carolina/Tennessee in fall © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

In many parts of the country, fall is marked by a parade of fiery hues on the boughs above our heads. Deciduous trees light up with a burst of color—greens become yellows, oranges, reds, purples, and browns as the intensity of summer dramatically gives way to a more subdued time of year.

As the foliage colors start to peak, leaf peeping trips become more common. These trips involve driving to places where one can see the best colors on the trees for general enjoyment and photography opportunities. For RVers, fall RV camping trips are especially fun. Sleeping beneath colorful trees and spending time beside a warm bonfire is particularly special and many want to experience this at least once during the season.

However you choose to spend this season of change, these 25 quotes are bound to invigorate your appreciation for autumn.

Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Tennessee in fall © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Autumn brings a longing to get away from the unreal things of life, out into the forest at night with a campfire and the rustling leaves.

—Margaret Elizabeth Sangster, poet

I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.

—Lee Maynard, writer

If winter is slumber, and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection.

—Mitchell Burgess, writer and producer

Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower.

—Albert Camus

Panguitch Scenic Byway, Utah in fall © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

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.

—Rainbow Rowell, author

Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.

—Yoko Ono

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, writer and historian

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, author

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, Wither

Stowe, Vermont in fall © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.

—Emily Brontë

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

—L.M. Montgomery

It’s the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves!

—A. A. Milne

I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.

—Nathaniel Hawthorne

(Autumn’s) golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor of the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life.

—Lin Yutang, writer and inventor

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia in fall © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

There is something so special in the early leaves drifting from the trees — as if we are all to be allowed a chance to peel, to refresh, to start again.

—Ruth Ahmed, pseudonym for the writing team of Anstey Spraggan and Dimmi Khan

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 and Delia Ephron, writers

It is the summer’s great last heat,
It is the fall’s first chill: They meet.
—Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

Autumn has caught us in our summer wear.
—Philip Larkin, British poet (1922–86)

As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see.
—Vincent Van Gogh, letter to Theo van Gogh

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee/North Carolina in fall © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Summer ends, and autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.

—Hal Borland

Autumn . . . the year’s last loveliest smile.

—William Cullen Bryant

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

Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love—that makes life and nature harmonize.

Fish Lake Scenic Byway, Utah in fall © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

—George Eliot

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.

―Jim Bishop

Days decrease,

And autumn grows, autumn in everything.

―Robert Browning, poet