With misty mornings and smooth winds rustling the loose leaves from their trees, autumn means many things to a Southerner: summer is finally over, football season is here, and we get to enjoy the radiant colors of fall foliage.

We've gathered 15 of our favorite quotes about this magical season where everything is crisp, cozy, and draped in gold.

Photo: Roger Foley
| Credit: Roger Foley
  1. "Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons." - Jim Bishop
  1. "Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter." - Carol Bishop Hipps, "October," In a Southern Garden, 1995
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  1. "Fall is a southerners reward for having survived summer." - James Farmer
  1. "I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." - Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks
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  1. "Autumn mornings: sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year's end and day's beginnings." - Terri Guillemets
  1. "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." - Albert Camus
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  1. "Of all the seasons, autumn offers the most to man and requires the least of him." - Hal Borland
  1. "I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it." - Lee Maynard
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  1. "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
  1. "No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face." - John Donne, "The Autumnal", The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose
  1. "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
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  1. "Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits." - Samuel Butler
  1. "Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale." - Lauren DeStefano, Wither
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  1. "Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." - Elizabeth Lawrence
  1. "Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile." - William Cullen Bryant, Indian Summer