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date: 26 November 2020


  1. But it's a long, long while
    From May to December;
    And the days grow short
    When you reach September.
    Maxwell Anderson 1888–1959 American dramatist: ‘September Song’ (1938 song)
  2. Early autumn—
    rice field, ocean,
    one green.
    Matsuo Basho 1644–94 Japanese poet: tr. Lucien Stryk
  3. Now is the time for the burning of the leaves.
    Laurence Binyon 1869–1943 English poet: ‘The Ruins’ (1942)
  4. Every leaf speaks bliss to me
    Fluttering from the autumn tree.
    Emily Brontë 1818–48 English novelist and poet: ‘Fall, leaves, fall’
  5. Martha: ‘What is autumn?’ Jan: ‘A second spring, where every leaf is a flower.’
    Albert Camus 1913–60 French novelist, dramatist, and essayist: Théâtre, récits, nouvelles (1967) ‘Le Malentendu’ (1944)
  6. It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.
    P. D. James 1920–2014 English writer of detective stories: A Taste For Death (1986)
  7. 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-eaves run.
    John Keats 1795–1821 English poet: ‘To Autumn’ (1820) st. 1
  8. I want to go south, where there is no autumn, where the cold doesn't crouch over one like a snow-leopard waiting to pounce. The heart of the North is dead, and the fingers of cold are corpse fingers.
    D. H. Lawrence 1885–1930 English novelist and poet: letter to J. Middleton Murry, 3 October 1924
  9. What of October, that ambiguous month, the month of tension, the unendurable month?
    Doris Lessing 1919–2013 English writer: Martha Quest (1952)
  10. I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
    L. M. Montgomery 1874–1942 Canadian novelist: Anne of Green Gables (1908)
  11. For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.
    Edwin Way Teale 1899–1980 American writer, naturalist, and photographer: Autumn Across America (1956)
  12. In…the fall, the whole country goes to glory.
    of North America
    Frances Trollope 1780–1863 English writer: Domestic Manners of the Americans (1832)