With fall comes the cold, the return of responsibility. Even now that I’ve been done with school for a few years, I still feel victim to the same clock. Whether or not I actually took vacation in the summer, it feels like vacation is over.
While there are plenty of things I love about fall (tonnes, really), I hate to see summer go. I hate to think of my parents’ cottage cold and uninhabited. I hate to think that I have to wait a whole year to lay on the beach with the warm sea breeze. I hate that fall signals the inevitable decline into winter. I don’t know about where you’re from, but here, fall is short and winter is long. Not only that, but winter is pretty terrible.
So really, I have no problem with fall. I might enjoy it, even. But it means winter is coming soon, and that I dread.
In an effort to keep my mind in the present and not look ahead to the dreary, blustery days of winter, I’ve compiled some of the best quotes about fall to put me in an autumnal mood.
“But when 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
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― LM Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ― Albert Camus
“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, Persuasion
“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”― John Donne
“It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.” ― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander
“Days decrease, / And autumn grows, autumn in everything.” ― Robert Browning
“For as long as she could remember, she had thought that autumn air went well with books, that the two both somehow belonged with blankets, comfortable armchairs, and big cups of coffee or tea.” ― Katarina Bivald, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
“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
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.”― Stanley Horowitz
“I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.”― Lee Maynard
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me / Fluttering from the autumn tree.”― Emily Brontë