Whether you're the first cook in the kitchen prepping pumpkin-inspired dishes at the mention of "September," or in denial of the brisk nip in the air, there's no doubt that autumn is upon us.
The start of this new season provides a wonderful opportunity for you to renew; it's a time to discover which parts of yourself you'd like to embrace and expand upon, and which parts of your summer skin you'd like to shed.
Below are 14 quotes to celebrate the change on the calendar and the change in the air. Bring on the turning leaves, cozy sweaters and that nostalgic chill.
"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree." -Emily Bronte
"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile." -William Cullen Bryant
"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
"Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits." -Samuel Butler
"There is a harmony in autumn, and a lustre 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
"Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?" -Hal Borland
"In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October, when the trees are bare to the mild heavens, and the red leaves bestrew the road, and you can feel the breath of winter, morning and evening -- no days so calm, so tenderly solemn, and with such a reverent meekness in the air." -Alexander Smith
"The season for enjoying the fullness of life -- partaking of the harvest, sharing the harvest with others, and reinvesting and saving portions of the harvest for yet another season of growth." -Denis Waitley
"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." -Elizabeth Lawrence
"After the leaves have fallen, we return to a plain sense of things. It is as if we had come to an end of the imagination, inanimate in an inert savoir." -Wallace Stevens
"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." -John Burroughs
"The one red leaf, the last of its clan, That dances as often as dance it can, Hanging so light, and hanging so high, On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky." -Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"Autumn mornings: sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year's end and day's beginnings." -Terri Guillemets
"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn." -Elizabeth Lawrence