Autumn invites us to reflect. We sense the year wrapping up and we wonder where the time has gone. We remember what we wanted to get done and can no longer even find the paper where our hopes and dreams were recorded. We watch the leaves fall, urging us to also let go of busyness and burdens.
If you are a long-time reader of this blog, you know I collect quotes. I love these tiny bits of wisdom. Words inspiring me to pause and ponder. Breathing in what others wrote that resonates in my soul.
Here are a few of my favorite autumn reflections:
At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds. Containing depth within itself, darkness, something of the grave almost. Rainer Maria Rilke
Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love – that makes life and nature harmonies. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. 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
It’s the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves! Winnie-the -Pooh
Summer is already better, but the best is autumn. It is mature, reasonable and serious, it glows moderately and not frivolously…It cools down, clears up, makes you reasonable…Valentin, Finnish writer
Fall is not the end of the gardening year; it is the start of next year’s growing season. The mulch you lay down will protect your perennial plants during the winter and feed the soil as it decays, while the cleaned up flower bed will give you a huge head start on either planting seeds or setting out small plants. Thalassa Cruso
Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. Stanley Horowitz
Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day. Shira Tamir
I used to dislike fall since I knew its appearance meant winter was coming. Now I appreciate this special time of year for its gifts and lessons.
Autumn reflections. What about you? What do you like about Autumn?
Linda Stoll says
Autumn has been a joy this year!
I agree, Linda. Beautiful here too.
Nancy Ruegg says
I too love autumn when the days turn cool and crisp, when trees are at their most glorious, and longer evenings are cheered by candle glow and fairy lights!
The tress are just now turning here. On gloomy days they appear brown but when the sun is our – wow they just glow. Fairy lights sound delightful!
Pat Forsman says
Detached leaves…detached retina..both laying face down…waiting…quiet..still..but the great Physician gives the word and says….”ok..heads up!!!!!”…ive never been so grateful to be able to look around…
Wow hope you are doing better. I had a torn retina a few years ago so empathize with you completely.
Martha J Orlando says
These quotes were wonderful, Jean! Autumn is a delicious season for me, that’s for sure.
I thought these quotes were quite deep and made me pause and behold this season . Hope you are doing well.