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30 Quotes About September: The Herald of Autumn

For over a decade, Ms. Dora has been sharing poetry, creative writing, positive quotes, and reflections online. Her aim is life enrichment.

The aster is one of September's birth flowers.

The aster is one of September's birth flowers.

September Quotes

Cooler air and colorful leaves encourage us to welcome September, the month that heralds autumn. Students return to school, and parents adjust to new schedules for extra-curricular activities. Vacationers get the lowest travel fares to the Caribbean islands, and islanders brace themselves for the hurricane season. Farmers reap potatoes and squashes, and churches prepare for their harvest celebrations. September keeps us moving!

Within the following 30 quotes (one for each day of the month) are reminders of the reasons we maintain our zest for life in the month of September.

About the Arrival of Autumn

1. “There is a time in late September when the leaves are still green, and the days are still warm, but somehow you know that it is all about to end, as if summer was holding its breath, and when it let it out again, it would be autumn.” ―Sharyn McCrumb

2. “Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” ―J.K. Rowling

3. “But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed.” ―Stephen King

4. “September has come, it is hers
Whose vitality leaps in the autumn,
Whose nature prefers
Trees without leaves and a fire in the fireplace.”
Louis MacNeice

5. “Outside the leaves on the trees constricted slightly; they were the deep done green of the beginning of autumn. It was a Sunday in September." ―Ali Smith

6. “By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer's best of weather
And autumn's best of cheer.”
Helen Hunt Jackson

The morning glory is the other birth flower of September.

The morning glory is the other birth flower of September.

About Insights on September

7. “Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul . . . but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.” ―Peggy Toney Horton

8. “In many ways, September feels like the busiest time of the year: The kids go back to school, work piles up after the summer's dog days, and Thanksgiving is suddenly upon us.” ―Brene Brown

9. “Come September, the middle of September when the first frost comes, that's hunting season. Fishing poles are hung up and the hunting season starts. You've got to be careful, if you're a hunter, that it doesn't become an obsession.” ―Bud Grant

10. “The windows are open, admitting the September breeze: a month that smells like notepaper and pencil shavings, autumn leaves and car oil. A month that smells like progress, like moving on.” ―Lauren Oliver

11. “We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost.” ―Henry Rollins

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12. “Late summer is perfect for classic mysteries . . . while big ambitious works of nonfiction are best approached in September and early October, when we still feel energetic and the grass no longer needs to be cut.” ―Michael Dirda

13. “The September storms--the hurricane warnings far away, the sudden gales, the downpour of rain that we have so badly needed here for so long--are exhilarating, and there's a promise that what September starts, October will carry on, catching the torch flung into her hand.” ―Faith Baldwin

14. “September was a thirty-days long goodbye to summer, to the season that left everybody both happy and weary of the warm, humid weather and the exhausting but thrilling adventures.” ―Lea Malot

15. “I love the excess of Christmas. The shopping season that begins in September, the bad pop star recordings of Christmas carols, the decorations that don't know when to come down.” ―Mo Rocca

16. “If any of you have ever lived down south of the Mason-Dixon line, you know that late September still means summer heat.” ―Scott Porter

About September Memories

17. “Louisiana in September was like an obscene phone call from nature. The air - moist, sultry, secretive, and far from fresh - felt as if it were being exhaled into one's face. Sometimes it even sounded like heavy breathing.” ―Tom Robbins

18. “New York is strange in the summer. Life goes on as usual but it’s not, it’s like everyone is just pretending, as if everyone has been cast as the star in a movie about their life, so they’re one step removed from it. And then in September it all gets normal again.” ―Peter Cameron

19. “Nostalgia—that's the Autumn,
Dreaming through September
Just a million lovely things
I always will remember.”
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

20. “On a certain day in the blue-moon month of September
Beneath a young plum tree, quietly
I held her there, my quiet, pale beloved
In my arms just like a graceful dream.”
Bertolt Brecht

21. “September showed up right on schedule, and lasted a whole month.” ―Jenny Wingfield

22. “The apex of my civic pride and personal contentment was reached on the bright September morning when I entered the public school." ―Mary Antin (Jewish immigrant and immigration-rights activist)

This photo was taken in September 2018 in Hockenheim. "I love September, especially when we're in it."

This photo was taken in September 2018 in Hockenheim. "I love September, especially when we're in it."

About September Reflections

23. “I love September, especially when we're in it.” ―Willie Stargell

24. “September 11 . . . I will never forget feeling the boosted sense of unity and pride . . . I will never forget seeing the courageous actions of so many men and women . . . I will never forget seeing people of all backgrounds working together in community . . . I will never forget seeing what hate can destroy… I will never forget seeing what love can heal.” ―Steve Maraboli

25. “For us, the death of Osama bin Laden is a time of profound reflection. With his death, we remember and mourn all the lives lost on September 11. . . We remember and mourn the death of our soldiers.” ―Jodie Evans

26. “Making your Christmas cake in September is perfect, as too fresh a cake crumbles when cut.” ―Mary Berry

27. “It was late in September and a little more than twenty degrees, so what the hell were people smiling for? They ought to be raising their faces toward the ozone layer in horror.” ―Jussi Adler-Olsen

28. “It was a lovely afternoon - such an afternoon as only September can produce when summer has stolen back for one more day of dream and glamour.” ―L.M. Montgomery

29. “It was September, and there was a crackly feeling to the air.” ―Carolyn Parkhurst

30. “My favourite poem is the one that starts 'Thirty days hath September' because it actually tells you something.” ―Groucho Marx

September's Monthly Observances

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Month
  • Baby Safety Month
  • Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month
  • BioDiversity Month
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • Children's Good Manners Month
  • Classical Music Month
  • Cold and Flu Campaign
  • Healthy Aging Month
  • Self Improvement Month
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© 2020 Dora Weithers


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 29, 2020:

Adrienne, thanks for your comment. I totally understand the conflict. We have the opportunity to find something good about both parts. The cool weather is good; so is the new beginning. Best of both worlds to you!

Adrienne Farricelli on July 29, 2020:

September is bittersweet to me. I like that the summer heat begins to get milder, and staying outdoors is more pleasant, yet it's also signals the end of summer and vacations and the beginning of school for school-age children.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2020:

Bill, that's interesting! Does that mean you spend most of the time working or vacationing? whatever you do, stay safe this September!

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on July 26, 2020:

September/October is my favorite time of the year. It just seems like it doesn't stick around long enough. I'll have to make every minute count. Thanks, Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 25, 2020:

Thanks, Angel. Happy that you found one you like. Enjoy September when it comes.

Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on July 24, 2020:

I love quote 14 :)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 16, 2020:

Denise, August had a shaky start but you can find it on my profile page. Thanks for asking and thanks for reading.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 16, 2020:

So many good quotes. The September that came on schedule and lasted all month made me laugh. What happened to August? Did I miss the August quotes?



Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 15, 2020:

Thank you, Antonio. Except in the tropical regions like where I live, September is usually cooler.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 15, 2020:

Thanks, Nell. Life is never all sunshine, so we must endure something else for a little while. Hoping that you sadness doesn't last too long.

Antonio50S on July 15, 2020:

I Love September, but it also reminds me of "Locations" and areas.

Some we may prefer more than others, at long as it don't get to Hot which i don't will happen in september.

Nice quotes Dora.


Nell Rose from England on July 14, 2020:

That was wonderful. I love September even though it always leaves me slightly sad. It's rather like the end of the sun, and going into winter. Always lovely to read your words Dora, take care

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 12, 2020:

Bill, fall is also my favorite season. Won't experience the colors and the cool this year, but I'll appreciate the pictures.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on July 12, 2020:

It's hard to believe September is almost upon us. Time waits for no one. I love the fall season, so I'm looking forward to it!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 11, 2020:

True, Manatita. Sounds like you. You could have said that some place. Thanks for your revisit.

manatita44 from london on July 10, 2020:

Read it again. Hard on mothers especially with the children, but great for nature lovers and those seeking more temperate climates.

'the doorway to the season that awakens my soul.' This person is worth watching from my rearview mirror. Haha. Some interesting reflections.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 10, 2020:

Thanks, Devika. All is well, thank God. Glad you like the quotes.

Devika Primic on July 10, 2020:

Hi Dora so interesting about these months and quotes. I am amazed by these useful quotes. Hope all is well with you

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 08, 2020:

Thanks, Pamela. Glad that you like September and I appreciate your kind comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 08, 2020:

Rajan, for all the reasons you give, autumn is my favorites season. For now, I'm stuck in perpetual summer heat, but I refuse to complain. Grateful to be home.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 08, 2020:

Thanks, Linda. I always appreciate your feedback. Will keep trying to find interesting quotes.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 08, 2020:

I love autumn and September is a lovely month. The quotes are so good and they refect September very well. This is a very nice article, Dora.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 08, 2020:

I love September not only for the colours it will throw all around but the fact that the hot summer is gone, the weather is cooling down winter is not far off.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 07, 2020:

The quotations are interesting, as always. I love the ones in the first section, especially the first quote. That's a beautiful way of describing summer yielding to autumn.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 07, 2020:

Greg, thanks for your encouraging comment. September will soon be here. Enjoy the birthdays. Recall some happy memories which include your dear mom. Celebrate your favorite time of year.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on July 07, 2020:

Dora - if it’s September, I’m older by a year; my sister is, too. My mom’s birthday will pass on the 22nd, and we will all celebrate and mourn all over again. Football will start, and the air is crisp and cool on Friday night under the lights. I will be at my happiest enjoying my favorite time of year. This September I’ll think of you and this great article, too. So many great quotes, so many positive ways to look at the transition from summer heat to winter cool on the very near horizon. Strange to feel that way in July, but reading this did make me sense it for a moment...

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 07, 2020:

Thanks, Peggy. You're right. If ti's September, cooler days are coming--soon.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 07, 2020:

Mohsin, thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 07, 2020:

Some of these sayings are funny, others somber, and the #16 one is very accurate. At least even if we are still experiencing summer heat in September, we know that cooler days lie ahead. That is something to look forward to enjoying.

Mohsin on July 07, 2020:

Wow nice.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 07, 2020:

Thanks, Lorna. The natural poet in you responds to that lovely verse about autumn. Understandable!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 07, 2020:

Bill, happy for you that you have already escaped the hot weather. Enjoy your good fortune! Will patiently await my turn.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 07, 2020:

Eric, I love the imagery in Stephen King's quote. I bet you you like that too, plus the reality of missing a friend you love. You're special!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 07, 2020:

Flourish, I lost it for a minute. Didn't mean to overlook you. Fall is also my favorite season. I've learned to live with the heat, but the cooler temperature is welcome.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 07, 2020:

Thanks, Manatita. I miss those colorful leaves but I also like being where I am. No complaints.

Lorna Lamon on July 07, 2020:

I remember when I lived in Italy I always looked forward to the first breath of Autumn. Wonderful quotes and memories Dora - I feel drawn to No.4 - Luis MscNeice - perfect quote.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 07, 2020:

It feels ridiculously like Autumn right now where we live, which is all right with me since I don't like hot weather. Loved the quotes, as always! Thank you for the inspiration, Dora!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 07, 2020:

Anticipation is a wonderful thing with seasons. Us desert rats see September a bit different. The coast sees more of seasons than us out here away from it.

I loved these quotes. #3 Stephen King's was my favorite.

manatita44 from london on July 07, 2020:

Lovely quotes. I can see the rose-coloured changes in the trees. Awesome!

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 07, 2020:

#7 sums up my feelings nicely. Summer is too hot for me so I welcome fall and the promise of cooler temps to come, even if they aren’t quite realized yet.

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