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30 Quotes About November: Month of Thanksgiving and Reflection

Ms. Dora loves to share poetry, creative writing, quotes, and reflections and has been writing online for over eight years.

The Chrysanthemum is the official birth flower of the month of November.

The Chrysanthemum is the official birth flower of the month of November.

We begin to feel the spirit of celebration during the cool, shortened days of November. Christmas songs and movies entertain us. Cinnamon and pumpkin-spice candles lend their fragrance to the atmosphere. The Thanksgiving holiday brings our families together to reminisce and count our blessings. The recent trend of "No-Spend November" not only discourages shopping trips during the month, but it also raises our expectations for valuable Christmas gifts to be bought with our November savings.

The following 30 quotes may provoke reflection on Novembers past and inspire ideas for upcoming Thanksgiving celebrations and cool-weather gatherings with family and friends.

About Veteran's Day

1. "In this Veteran’s Day (November 11) we stop and are thankful for all those who have fought in wars so that we may all enjoy our freedom. The bravery and risk that these men and women took will not be forgotten." —Catherine Pulsifer

About Thanksgiving

2. "I . . . invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens." — Abraham Lincoln (October 3, 1863)

3. "In November, people are good to each other . . . They travel very far on a special November day just to share a meal with one another and to give thanks for their many blessings." —Cynthia Rylant

4. "Don't wait until the fourth Thursday in November, to sit with family and friends to give thanks. Make every day a day of Thanksgiving!" —Charmaine J Forde

5. "November—the very best month of autumn. It's a holiday month, but instead of the hurried rush (not to mention shopping for all those presents!) of Christmas, you get to spend time with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving traditions and take a moment to reflect on all that makes you grateful." —Maribeth Jones

6. "What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?" —Erma Bombeck

Thanksgiving dinner: roasted American turkey with French bread dressing, bourbon-whipped sweet potatoes, grilled autumn vegetables, and giblet gravy—yum!

Thanksgiving dinner: roasted American turkey with French bread dressing, bourbon-whipped sweet potatoes, grilled autumn vegetables, and giblet gravy—yum!

Insights About November

7. "Welcome sweet November, the season of senses and my favorite month of all." —Gregory F. Lenz

8. "No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, no fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds—November!" —Thomas Hood

9. "In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning ... Food is better in November than any other time of the year." —Cynthia Rylant

10. "November’s sky is chill and drear, November’s leaf is red and sear."Walter Scott

11. "November is usually such a disagreeable month . . . as if the year had suddenly found out that she was growing old and could do nothing but weep and fret over it." —L.M. Montgomery

12. "The month of November makes me feel that life is passing more quickly. In an effort to slow it down, I try to fill the hours more meaningfully." —Henry Rollins

13. "November is auspicious in so many parts of the country: the rice harvest is already in, the weather starts to cool, and the festive glow which precedes Christmas has began to brighten the landscape." —F. Sionil Jose

14. "November is chill, frosted mornings with a silver sun rising behind the trees, red cardinals at the feeders, and squirrels running scallops along the tops of the gray stone walls". —Jean Hersey

15. "The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of. The mite which November contributes becomes equal in value to the bounty of July." —Henry David Thoreau

16. "If months were marked by colors, November in New England would be colored gray." —Madeleine M. Kunin

The chrysanthemum flower grows in orange, pink, red, white, and yellow and is a fitting symbol for the varied moods of November. 

The chrysanthemum flower grows in orange, pink, red, white, and yellow and is a fitting symbol for the varied moods of November. 

November in Poetry

17. "Our twilight month November is,
The evening of the year.
The brilliant summer noontide left
A pallor soft and clear."
Ruby Archer

18. "November rain! November rain!
Fitfully beating the window pane:
Creeping in pools across the street;
Clinging in slush to dainty feet."
Ellen P. Allerton

19. "November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows".
Clyde Watson

20. "November Night
Listen…
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the trees
And fall."
Adelaide Crapsey

November Spending

21. "In January we start saving money, getting out of credit card debt, funding our retirement accounts, and we're doing wonderful. Then, every single year like clockwork, starting in November, all of you fall into this trap that says, 'I have to buy this gift.'" —Suze Orman

22. "Have you heard that November is "No-Spend November"? ... Cut down on Christmas decorations. Do you really need that new inflatable Santa for your front lawn? Last year's decorations will be just fine." —Katie & Company

23. "What is No-Spend November anyway? It’s all about being frugal and saving money during a season when advertisers are telling you to spend, spend, spend!" —Rebecca Lake

November Reflections

24. "I have come to regard November as the older, harder man's October. I appreciate the early darkness and cooler temperatures...It is a month for a quieter, slightly more subdued celebration of summer's death as winter tightens its grip." —Henry Rollins

25. "Some of the days in November carry the whole memory of summer as a fire opal carries the color of moon rise." —Gladys Taber

26. "Spring is brown; summer, green; autumn, yellow; winter, white; November, gray." —Henry David Thoreau

27. "Now in November nearer comes the sun down the abandoned heaven."Gladys Taber

28. "Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun bring more happiness than the daffodils." —Cyril Connolly

29. "Whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul, I shall recall the memory of warm, sunny, late summer afternoons like this one, and be comforted greatly." —Peggy Toney Horton

30. "There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life’s July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November."Martin Luther King, Jr.

November Observances

  • Addiction Awareness Month
  • Child Safety and Prevention Month
  • Good Nutrition Month
  • Great American Smoke Out Month
  • Healthy Lifestyles Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • Stamp Collecting Month
  • Vegan Month
  • World Communication Month

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Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 01, 2020:

Linda, I'm pleased that you think better of November after reading the quotes. There's something good about every month.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 01, 2020:

November isn't my favorite month, but my opinion about it has greatly increased after reading your article. Thanks for sharing the interesting quotes and poetry, Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 01, 2020:

Rajan, I can relate. The sunlight still shines through in our part of the world. Something for which we give thanks.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 01, 2020:

Heidi, you said it best. "Not summer anymore ... and not quite winter." November's perfect." Thanks for your beautiful comment.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 30, 2020:

Beautiful quotes about a month I love the most as the slight chill in the early mornings and evenings can be enjoyed with a lot of sunlight in my part of the world.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on September 30, 2020:

November is one of my favorite months. It's not summer anymore (thank goodness!) and not quite winter. So the weather is just perfect. And it's the month of my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.

Thanks for sharing these lovely thoughts about a great time of the year!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

Mary, Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! Glad that the quotes help to put you in the right mood for the occasion.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

See, Peggy. Despite the change this year, we can still find several things for which to be grateful.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

Thanks, Anupam. Happy Birthday! Enjoy the season for all the good reasons.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

Rosina, Number 3 is a reality in my family (not this year though) so this is my favorite for today. Could be different on another day.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

James, thanks for sharing your very positive attitude. Really, what's not to like?

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 30, 2020:

We are now preparing for our Thanksgiving here in Canada, which is the second weekend of October. Those bourbon-infused sweet potatoes caught my fancy. I enjoyed reading the quotes just to get me into the spirit.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2020:

I enjoyed reading your collection of quotes, the poetry, and the observances in November. Because of COVID, there will be no Thanksgiving get-togethers this year. We can still enjoy the cooler weather and colorful leaves.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on September 30, 2020:

Nice collection of quotes Dora.

Thanks for sharing.

I'm a scorpion too..

Rosina S Khan on September 30, 2020:

Lovely quotes about November. My fave one is as follows:

4. "Don't wait until the fourth Thursday in November, to sit with family and friends to give thanks. Make every day a day of Thanksgiving!" —Charmaine J Forde

Which one is your fave? I am curious. Thank you for your fabulous article about the particular month's quotes, as always.

James C Moore from The Great Midwest on September 30, 2020:

"last red berries, first snows" This describes November perfectly. I love it. So many memories, dates important to me, Thanksgiving and the onset of the holiday season. What's not to like?

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

Thanks, Flourish. It seems that there is a day to observe almost every issue of life. If the observance at least make us smile, they're useful.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

Thanks, Pamela. I take the Martin Luther Jr. quote personally. It seems to fit the older people somewhat, although we can enjoy a lesser heat without going as far as the "piercing chill."

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

Bill, I can understand the cancellation or changes in the Thanksgiving celebration this year. I believe that we will still remember to give thanks.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

Vandna, I appreciate your kind comment. It makes me happy when my readers enjoy my offerings.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

Ann, thanks for making me smile about liking to set fire. The event in the past cannot be changed, and the present spirit of the bonfire is love not war. Enjoy the celebrations!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

Thanks, Lorna. This year I will miss the frost across the landscape but your comment brings back the memories.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 30, 2020:

This was especially good. I had to chuckle at some of the celebration months (Vegan, Healthy Lifestyles, Good Nutrition). I think they were aspirational at best.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2020:

November is a wonderful month for all the reasons reflected in this article with the quotes and poetry. I really like the Martin Luther King quote. This is a wonderful article, Ms Dora.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 30, 2020:

As always, I love the quotes you share with us.

Thanksgiving will be cancelled this year for our family, due to the virus. Christmas celebration may follow. It's just the way it is in 2020, I'm afraid.

Anyway, I hope you have a brilliant Wednesday. Stay healthy, my friend, and blessings always.

thoughtsprocess from Navsari (India) on September 30, 2020:

Awesome quotes.

Thoughtful article.

Wonderfully penned Dora Ma'am.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Ann Carr from SW England on September 30, 2020:

I thought you might know that & I understand it doesn't quite fit with your other quotes. It's one of our best loved celebrations here in Somerset especially as we have carnival time which is directly related to Bonfire Night. We seem to like setting fire to things!

Ann

Lorna Lamon on September 30, 2020:

I love this time of year with a covering of frost making the landscape look surreal. I feel it is a time for reflection and hope for the future. A lovely hub Dora and my favourite poem is No. 20 by Adelaide Crapsey, which is beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

Sure, Eric. I love that you take your reading in stride. Read, savor, leave and return at will. Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

Thanks, John. Happy that you enjoy the quotes. I enjoy compiling them.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

Kalpana, that's November. It wakes us up to the fact that the year is closing, then it gives us the motivation to reflect and give thanks.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

Hi Ann. Thanks for your input. Growing up in the British education system, we learned the Guy Fawkes story and lit our fireworks on the fifth of November. I do have those lines, but I did not think that they fit the celebration mood. Also I didn't think that many readers would know what it was about. Well, I was wrong. You know and I'm sure you understand. I appreciate you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

Yes, Devika. The October quotes are most present. They're still there.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

Thanks, Devika. November is a month to be thankful for everything including people like you who are continually supportive.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2020:

Chitrangada, thanks for your very kind comment. I pray with you that the coming year end festivals find us along with our relative and friends in a good place.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 30, 2020:

Only half the way through. These are to savor. Thanks for starting out my so thoughtfully.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on September 30, 2020:

Well, MsDora, this is certainly a very comprehensive article celebrating November. Filled with so many wonderful quotes, poetry, insights and facts. You have certainly spent a lot of time on research and made this a very interesting read.

Kalpana Iyer from India on September 30, 2020:

Lovely quotes! I find November a beautiful time to start recapping on how our year has been so far. It usually starts in December but I realize my mind is already in that phase by November. It is bittersweet to know one more year is almost over, but also a good time to sit back and be grateful for all the life lessons that one learned during the year.

Ann Carr from SW England on September 30, 2020:

I have one to add to the poetry section:

'Remember, remember, the 5th of November,

Gunpowder, treason and plot,

I see no reason why this season

should ever be forgot.'

We celebrate 'Guy Fawkes Day' on 5th Nov, when a band of men tried to blow up Parliament and failed (not so sure we should celebrate that!!). We also call it Bonfire Night, as everyone used to have their own bonfires in the gardens and light fireworks. Most people now go to public events as it's generally safer - however, maybe some will go back to tradition this year!

Lovely quotes. I don't mind November - it's a cosy month, with memories of summer, with wonderful autumn colours still around and evenings by the fire.

Thanks for this, Dora!

Ann

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 30, 2020:

Hi Dora I like the end of another year and your words are with great thought. Did I miss October month?

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 30, 2020:

Dora November is a month to be thankful for everything we have. You have written another wonderful hub for thought. I loved it!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 30, 2020:

Great article with some awesome quotes. I liked all the positive thoughts, which you have conveyed through your well written article. The World needs it, the more the better.

I hope and pray that things are good and the people enjoy with their loved ones, family and friends, during the coming festivals.

Thanks for sharing another wonderful article.