50+ Fall Quotes to Ring in the Changing of the Season

father pushing son in a wheelbarrow full of gourds.

Fall is officially here and this transitional period brings cooler weather, colorful leaves and countless festivities. No matter where you live, fall is one of the best times to give thanks and get outside. Some of the most beloved seasonal activities include pumpkin picking, leaf peeping, sitting by the fire and enjoying time with loved ones.

Fall is also the perfect time to embrace change and look deeper within yourself. As summer ends and the leaves change, you can shed pieces of your past and start anew. Some of the greatest literary legends wrote about fall and what it symbolizes. Whether celebratory or insightful, these fall quotes can help you ring in the changing of the season.

candle on a window sill in the fall.

Famous Fall Quotes

  1. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”―Albert Camus
  2. “No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”― John Donne
  3. “Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”―J.K. Rowling
  4. “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
  5. “Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard. Give me the splendid silent sun.”―Walt Whitman
  6. “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”―Henry David Thoreau
  7. “Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.”
    —Samuel Butler
  8. “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”―F. Scott Fitzgerald
  9. “Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.”
    ―Truman Capote
  10. “Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”―Elizabeth Lawrence

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Festive Fall Quotes

  1. “Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”—Jim Bishop
  2. “I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves.”―Unknown
  3. “How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”
    ―John Burroughs
  4. “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”―L.M. Montgomery
  5. “Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves.”―Humbert Wolfe
  6. “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”―Emily Brontë
  7. “Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable…the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street…by a gusty wind, and the gabble of a flock of migrating geese.”―Hal Borland
  8. “I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sunburnt leaves.”―Ann Drake
  9. “October’s poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter.”―Nova S. Blair
  10. “Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.”―Stanley Horowitz

pile of brown and orange fall leaves.

Inspirational Fall Quotes

  1. “I hope I can be the autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.”―Dodinsky
  2. “The season for enjoying the fullness of life: partaking of the harvest, sharing the harvest with others, and reinvesting and saving portions of the harvest for yet another season of growth.”―Denis Waitley
  3. “Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?”―Hal Borland
  4. “October is a symphony of permanence and change.”―Bonaro W. Overstreet
  5. “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”―John Muir
  6. “In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November.”―Rose G. Kingsley
  7. “I’ve never known anyone yet who doesn’t suffer a certain restlessness when autumn rolls around…We’re all eight years old again and anything is possible.”―Sue Grafton
  8. “There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!”―Percy Bysshe Shelley
  9. “Autumn asks that we prepare for the future—that we be wise in the ways of garnering and keeping. But it also asks that we learn to let go—to acknowledge the beauty of sparseness.”―Bonaro W. Overstreet
  10. “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

mountain lake in the fall.

Poetic Fall Quotes

  1. “I saw old Autumn in the misty morn / Stand, shadowless like Silence, listening / To Silence.”―Thomas Hood
  2. “He is outside of everything, and alien everywhere. He is an aesthetic solitary. His beautiful, light imagination is the wing that on the autumn evening just brushes the dusky window.”
    ―Henry James
  3. “Corn and grain, corn and grain, / All that falls shall rise again.”—Wiccan Harvest Chant
  4. “Just before the death of flowers, / And before they are buried in snow, / There comes a festival season / When nature is all aglow.”―Unknown
  5. “There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.”―Nathaniel Hawthorne
  6. “Listen… / With faint dry sound, / Like steps of passing ghosts, / The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the trees / And fall.”―Adelaide Crapsey
  7. “A touch of cold in the Autumn night – / I walked abroad, / And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge / Like a red-faced farmer. / I did not stop to speak, but nodded, / And roundabout were the wistful stars / With white faces like town children.”―T.E. Hulme
  8. “That time of year thou mayst in me behold / When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang / Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, / Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang…”―William Shakespeare
  9. “The thistledown’s flying, though the winds are all still, / On the green grass now lying, now mounting the hill, / The spring from the fountain now boils like a pot; / Through stones past the counting it bubbles red-hot…”―John Clare
  10. “Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away; / Lengthen night and shorten day; / Every leaf speaks bliss to me / Fluttering from the autumn tree. / I shall smile when wreaths of snow / Blossom where the rose should grow; / I shall sing when night’s decay / Ushers in a drearier day.”―Emily Brontë

two kids laughing and sitting in fall leaves.

Fall Quotes for Kids

  1. “Crunching, crinkling, autumn leaves. Spiraling, swirling, in the breeze.”―Unknown
  2. “Shorter days and setting sun, set the stage for autumn fun!”―Unknown
  3. “Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.”
    —Shira Tamir
  4. “Wild is the music of autumn winds.”―Unknown
  5. “Over the river and through the woods / Trot fast my dapple gray. / Spring over the ground / Like a hunting hound / On this Thanksgiving Day, Hey! / Over the river and through the woods / Now Grandmother’s face I spy./ Hurrah for the fun, / Is the pudding done? / Hurrah for the pumpkin pie.”―English folksong
  6. “Dull November brings the blast, then the leaves are whirling fast.”―Sara Coleridge
  7. “I ate too much turkey, I ate too much corn, I ate too much pudding and pie. I’m stuffed up with muffins and much too much stuffin’, I’m probably going to die. I piled up my plate and I ate and I ate, but I wish I had known when to stop; for I’m so crammed with yams, sauces, gravies, and jams that my buttons are starting to pop. I’m full of tomatoes and french fried potatoes, my stomach is swollen and sore, but there’s still some dessert, so I guess it won’t hurt if I eat just a little bit more.”―Jack Prelutsky
  8. “My favorite season is autumn, and I love walking through the woods.”—Lucy Davis
  9. “Autumn is the season of change.”―Taoist proverb
  10. “Winter is dead; spring is crazy; summer is cheerful and autumn is wise!”―Mehmet Murat ildan


Everyone interprets fall differently, but the beauty of this season is undeniable. As the leaves evolve from green to a mix of ambers, yellows and browns, and the weather becomes cool and foggy, you may notice a magical feeling in the air. If you grab a warm drink, a cozy blanket and fresh fall flowers, you’ll instantly feel appreciation for the changing of the season!