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I say that springtime is my favorite time, but then I see a burst of gold and red and know that inspirational autumn quotes will capture my heart.

Autumn is the brisk, breezy time.  It's the back to school time.  It's the time when we catch a glimpse of birds flying south in huge vees intersecting the skies.

I remember the first "real" autumn I saw.  It was in Wisconsin, and the colors were so brilliant I was beside myself.  For The Big Game during Homecoming Weekend, the boys gave the girls corsages made out of mums, with colors captured from the falling leaves.

How can inspirational autumn quotes capture all of that?  Well, it's not so hard when you are George Eliot or John Donne.


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

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face.
John Donne

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus

Thy bounty shines in autumn unconfined
And spreads a common feast for all that live.
James Thomson

Winter is an etching,
Spring a watercolor,
Summer an oil painting,
And autumn is a mosaic of them all.
Stanley Horowitz

By the North Gate, the wind blows full of sand,
Lonely from the beginning of time until now!
Trees fall, the grass goes yellow with autumn.
Li Po, 8th century Chinese poet

falling leaves
hide the path
so quietly
John Bailey

Youth is like spring, an over praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes.  
Autumn is the mellower season, 
and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.
Samuel Butler

All the hills blush; I think that autumn must be the best season to journey over even the Green Mountains. You frequently exclaim to yourself, What red maples!
Henry David Thoreau, "A Yankee in Canada"

Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.
Carol Bishop Hipps

Inspirational autumn quotes must include a word from John Muir, our international naturalist:

The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy, 
while cares will drop away from you 
like the leaves of autumn.
John Muir

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.
Elizabeth Lawrence

Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting?
Vernon Duke, lyrics to song "Autumn in New York"

October's poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter.
Nova Bair

A feller is a-feelin’ at his best,
With the risin’ sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,
As he leaves the house, bare-headed, and goes out to feed the stock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.

James Whitcomb Riley, "When the Frost is on the Punkin"

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