The 10 Best Fall-Inspired Quotations From Literature

Autumn is finally upon us, and it could not be more welcome. After another crazy hot summer, the cold breezes and gorgeous colors are spurring the entire Northern hemisphere to jump for joy. Fall is also the perfect season to cozy up with some tea and hit the books. And what better subject to read about than the season itself? That's why we put together this list of our favorite quotes about autumn. What writer do you think summed up this time of year best?

From George Eliot's letters.

Excerpt of "To Autumn," from The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake.

Excerpt of "Autumn Day," from The Essential Rilke.

Excerpt of "October," from The Road Not Taken and Other Poems.

Excerpt of "Elegy IX: The Autumnal," from John Donne: Collected Poetry.

Excerpt of "A wind has blown the rain away," from E.E. Cummings: Complete Poems.

Excerpt of "Nature XXVII, Autumn," from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson.

Excerpt of "Andrea del Sarto," from Robert Browning: Selected Poems.

  • Laura Nichols

    You missed my favorite from John Keats:

    “SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
    Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
    Conspiring with him how to load and bless
    With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
    To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
    And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
    To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
    With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
    And still more, later flowers for the bees,
    Until they think warm days will never cease,
    For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.”