“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


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“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” -Samuel Butler




“There is a harmony in autumn, and a lustre 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




“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


“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” -Elizabeth Lawrence




“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”       -John Burroughs


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“I was drinking in the surroundings: air so crisp you could snap it with your fingers and greens in every lush shade imaginable offset by autumnal flashes of red and yellow.” -Wendy Delsol, Stork


“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”   [The Autumnal]   – John Donne (The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose