Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thursday Thirteen 263: Autumnal Literary Quotes

A few literary quotes for Autumn...

It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet.
~ Washington Irving
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
~ L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables

The place, with its gray sky and withered garlands, its bared spaces and scattered dead leaves, was like a theater after the performance—all strewn with crumpled playbills.
~ Henry James
The Turn of the Screw

He lowered the window, and looked out at the rising sun. There was a ridge of ploughed land, with a plough upon it where it had been left last night when the horses were unyoked; beyond, a quiet coppice-wood, in which many leaves of burning red and golden yellow still remained upon the trees. Though the earth was cold and wet, the sky was clear, and the sun rose bright, placid, and beautiful.
~ Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities

Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple . . .
~ J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

On the motionless branches of some trees, autumn berries hung like clusters of coral beads, as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels . . .
~ Charles Dickens
Martin Chuzzlewit

I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
~ Henry David Thoreau

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

I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.
~ Joe L. Wheeler

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

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


CountryDew said...

Great quotes! It's my favorite time of year, too.

Beth Edwards said...

i love your quote picks. Anne of Green Gables is the greatest book & movie. i've seen it a bunch of times. (:

Heather said...

Anita: Thank you! :)

Beth: That was one of my favorite books, too, and I have both "Anne" movies as well. *g*

The Gal Herself said...

Never heard the Thoreau quote before. It made me smile! Thanks for sharing it.

Janet said...

wow, I loved those! Thanks for the smile...Autumn is my favorite time of year. I recently heard (on NPR, maybe) that no one is sure where the word autumn came from?

colleen said...

Here's one: "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
Albert Camus

H.A. Fowler (Heather) said...

These are WONDERFUL, thank you for sharing!

Another Heather. ;D

Heather said...

Gal Herself: That one made me smile, too. :D

Janet: Glad you liked! I did not know there was no known origin of the word Autumn. Interesting...

Heather said...

Colleen: Yeah, I deliberately left that one off, as it is so overused. ; )

Fowler: Thanks, glad you like! : D

Alice Audrey said...

A delicious autumn is an interesting concept.

Heather said...

Alice: Indeed. Autumn has always seemed to have its own flavor to me--there's just something about the way the crisp air tastes. *g*

Paige Tyler said...

Fun TT! I'm a warm weather girl, so as long as it stays warm, I'm good! LOL!


My TT is at

Heather said...

Thanks, Paige! I'm afraid you wouldn't like it here right now, as the weather has already turned quite chilly, with daytime highs in the 40s to 50s. Today was only 46F, with rain and clouds.