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50 Colorful Fall Quotes That Capture the Beauty of the Season

Fall lovers, rejoice! We have the best fall quotes that perfectly sum up autumn's allure.

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autumn leaves behind burgundy speech, Getty Images

Fall quotes that perfectly capture autumn’s essence

Ah, autumn. It’s the season where we say goodbye to shorts and beach days and hello to sweaters, fall activities, and the always fun and spooky Halloween holiday. It’s also a unique season that delivers unmatched beauty—the kind that’s spurred centuries of admiration. Fall has inspired some of the most beautiful words (and funniest memes) ever created, and those words deserved to be highlighted. Here are the best fall quotes that speak to fall lovers’ souls—they even make great fall-themed captions for your photos! Once you’re done reading these, read these Halloween quotes guaranteed to get you in the spooky spirit.

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Albert Camus, Getty Images

Fall: a second spring

1. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” —Albert Camus. A perfect quote to share on the first day of fall.

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L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

We’re glad, too

2. “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” —L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables. What a great uplifting quote for fall lovers.

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Lauren DeStefano

One beautiful fall quote

3. “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, WitherA wonderful book quote that captures fall’s beauty.

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William Cullen Bryant, Getty Images

Say cheese

4. “Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” —William Cullen Bryant. Makes you picture a beautiful New England fall, right?

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Jim Bishop

A fall quote for the ages

5. “Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” —Jim Bishop. Such a calm quote that still gets the point across. 

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

Fall = harmony

6. “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. Remember this quote when you’re planning your next fall getaway.

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Joe L. Wheeler

Leaf peeping is a must

7. “There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.” —Joe L. Wheeler. Do you know why leaves change color?

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Sarah Addison Allen, Garden Spells

Sounds beautiful

8. “She looked like autumn, when leaves turned and fruit ripened.” —Sarah Addison Allen, Garden Spells.

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Lee Maynard

There’s nothing like fall’s beauty

9. “I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.” —Lee Maynard. If summer’s more your thing, read these great summer quotes.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Getty Images

Fall: a fresh (and crisp) start

10. “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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Henry Beston

Can you picture it?

11. “The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.” —Henry Beston

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Hal Borland

The unmistakable sounds of fall

12. “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

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Winston Graham, Ross Poldark, Getty Images

Fall lingers

13. “Autumn lingered on as if fond of its own perfection.” —Winston Graham, Ross Poldark

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Friedrich Nietzsche

One of the most relatable fall quotes

14. “I notice that Autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

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Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman

Fall and happiness go hand-in-hand

15. “Autumn was her happiest season.” —Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman

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August Strindberg, A Dream Play, Getty Images

Fall lovers can relate

16. “Autumn is my spring!” —August Strindberg, A Dream Play

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Nikita Gill

Beautiful autumn words

17. “As leaves cover the forest floor in a carpet of vibrant rusts, orange and gold, autumn proves that sometimes death too can be a beautiful thing.” —Nikita Gill

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John Donne

Sounds heavenly

18. “In Heaven, it is always autumn.” —John Donne

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Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex, Getty Images

The ultimate fall compliment

19. “It was like autumn, looking at her. It was like driving up north to see the colors.” —Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

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Oscar Wilde

A beautiful collapse

20. “And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” —Oscar Wilde

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Mehmet Murat ildan

One of the most beautiful fall quotes

21. “When everything looks like a magical oil painting, you know you are in autumn!” —Mehmet Murat ildan

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George Eliot, Getty Images

It’s a balancing act

22. “Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love—that makes life and nature harmonize.” —George Eliot

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Angie Weiland-Crosby

Autumn’s getting dolled up

23. “Summer dashed off, her sundress flowing with greens; while Autumn slipped into a gown with jeweled seams.” —Angie Weiland-Crosby

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Charlotte Bates

Beauty in a broken heart

24. “The heart of Autumn must have broken here and poured its treasure out upon the leaves.” —Charlotte Bates

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Wallace Stegner, Getty Images

Both moving forward

25. “Another fall, another turned page…” —Wallace Stegner

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Chad Sugg

The beauty of resurgence

26. “Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” —Chad Sugg

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Shira Tamir, Getty Images

Lively leaves

27. “Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.” —Shira Tamir

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William Allingham

Autumn’s fire

28. “Now autumn’s fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt.” —William Allingham

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Vincent van Gogh, Getty Images

Fall’s beauty is unmatched

29. “As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas, and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see.” —Vincent van Gogh

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Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

Love autumn days like this

30. “It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.” —Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

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Angie Weiland-Crosby

One of the most inspiring fall quotes

31. “Autumn whispered to the wind, “I fall; but always rise again.” —Angie Weiland-Crosby

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Jane Hirshfield, Getty Images

Cider, anyone?

32. “The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them to cider.” —Jane Hirshfield

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John Donne

Graceful autumn

33. “No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” —John Donne

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E.E. Cummings

Can you really know autumn too long?

34. “A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think I, too, have known autumn too long.” —E.E. Cummings

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John Greenleaf Whittier, Getty Images

Fall blossoms

35. “The tints of autumn…a mighty flower garden blossoming under the spell of the enchanter, frost.” —John Greenleaf Whittier

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Pam Houston, Waltzing the Cat

The fall equinox: a truly wonderful day

36. “It’s September 21st, a day I love for the balance it carries with it.” —Pam Houston, Waltzing the Cat

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Abby Slovin, Letters In Cardboard Boxes

You can smell fall in the air

37. “The smell of burning firewood and the molding of organic, earthy substances reminded her of jumping wildly into the enormous leaf piles of autumns past and she suddenly wished that it was appropriate for someone her age to do such a thing.” —Abby Slovin, Letters In Cardboard Boxes

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Anujj Elviis, Getty Images

Sweet fall whispers

38. “Autumn has arrived. I hear it in the whispering of leaves.” —Anujj Elviis

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Karen Kingsbury, Finding Home

Fall leaves: dressed to impress

39. “When leaves have to let go of the tree, they wear their best colors and they dance all the way to the ground.” —Karen Kingsbury, Finding Home

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Laura Jaworski

Talk about a beautiful fall quote!

40. “The leaves are changing; I feel poetry in the air.” —Laura Jaworski

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Raquel Franco, Getty Images

Autumn awakened

41. “And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and autumn was awakened.” —Raquel Franco

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Jason Soroski

A cherished fall activity

42. “Autumn is grey rainy afternoons, and fond memories of raking up leaves into tidy neat piles, just to jump in and spread them around again.” —Jason Soroski

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Nitya Prakash

A fall love story for the ages

43. “A boy who loved autumn; A girl who was forever October.” —Nitya Prakash

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Toni Sorenson, Getty Images

Thanks for the reminder, Mother Nature

44. “Autumn is the time of year when Mother Nature says, ‘Look how easy, how healthy, and how beautiful letting go can be.'” —Toni Sorenson

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Anoushka Tyagi

Let the leaves dance

45. “Even those fallen leaves dance, on the musical wind cadence.” —Anoushka Tyagi

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Joyce Rachelle

Turning leaves to gold

46. “God blows on the leaves, they turn to gold, and we call it autumn.” —Joyce Rachelle

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Nichole McElhaney, Poetry for Lost Girls and Liminal Creatures

Speaking to the soul

47. “My soul is in a state of perpetual autumn.” —Nichole McElhaney, Poetry for Lost Girls and Liminal Creatures

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Zain Baloch, Getty Images

Wow, what a powerful fall quote

48. “Life is like an autumn; short but colorful.” —Zain Baloch

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Ashlee Willis, A Wish Made of Glass

A beautiful end

49. “Nothing dies as beautifully as autumn.” —Ashlee Willis, A Wish Made of Glass

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Charmaine J Forde

One of the truest fall quotes out there

50. “There’s something exceptional about autumn.” —Charmaine J Forde. Now that you’ve read these fall quotes, get ready for these cozy winter quotes.

Kelly Kuehn
Kelly Kuehn is an associate editor for Reader’s Digest covering entertainment, trivia, and history. When she’s not writing you can find her watching the latest and greatest movies, listening to a true crime podcast (or two), blasting ‘90s music, and hiking with her dog, Ryker, throughout New England.