Dear Readers: Today marks the first day of a new season and one of my favorites: fall. As we say so long to summer and swap our swimsuits for sweaters, we look ahead to new and exciting memories to come — from back-to-school activities to trick-or-treating, football games to pumpkin-carving and plenty of apple cider.
Here are some of my favorite quotes to ring in autumn:
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” — Stanley Horowitz
“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
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” — L. M. Montgomery
“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” — Chad Sugg
“I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sunburnt leaves.” — Ann Drake
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” — Jim Bishop
“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.” — Joe L. Wheeler
“Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar.” — Delia Owens
“The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens the apples, the other turns them to cider.” — Jane Hirshfield
“The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.” — Unknown
“I remember it as October days are always remembered, cloudless, maple-flavored, the air gold and so clean it quivers.” — Leif Enger
“Autumn … the year’s last, loveliest smile.” — William Cullen Bryant
“A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.” — Unknown
“It was one of those days you sometimes get latish in the autumn when the sun beams, the birds toot, and there is a bracing tang in the air that sends the blood beetling briskly through the veins.” — PG Wodehouse
“I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.” — Lee Maynard
“It was a beautiful, bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.” — Diana Gabaldon
“I love the autumn-that melancholy season that suits memories so well. When the trees have lost their leaves, when the sky at sunset still preserves the russet hue that fills with gold the withered grass, it is sweet to watch the final fading of the fires that until recently burnt within you.” — Gustave Flaubert
“It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.” — P.D. James
Wishing a joyous start of fall to all!
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