50 Inspirational September Quotes to Celebrate Fall

During my time as a teacher, September was always a tough month. The onset of September days meant saying goodbye to the freedom and warmth of summer and hello to long and stressful school days.

Despite this, I have always loved the month of September for the cool fresh air, the beautiful autumn leaves, and the comforts of sweaters and jeans. Even if you aren’t a teacher, you can probably relate to the feelings of longing for more summer fun, yet being excited for the new beginnings that the fall season brings.

And that’s just what September is: a new month that bridges the gap between the leisurely days of summer and the bustling energy of fall. 

To help you balance these mixed emotions, I’ve put together a list of inspirational September quotes that capture the essence of this new month. Whether you’re looking for motivation to start a new project, encouragement to embrace the changing season, or journal prompts to reflect on summer’s dog days with a grateful heart, these fall quotes will give you a boost of inspiration to embrace the fresh start that September brings. 

Inspirational Quotes to Help You Say Goodbye to Summer

  1. “That old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air…Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.” – Wallace Stegner
  2. “September tries its best to have us forget summer.” – Bernard Williams
  3. “All the months are crude experiments, out of which the perfect September is made.” – Virginia Woolf
  4. “The old summer’s-end melancholy nips at my heels. There’s no school to go back to; no detail of my life will change come the onset of September; yet still, I feel the old trepidation.” – Sara Baume
  5. “September was a 30-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
  6. “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
  7. “Summer passes, and Summer friends will melt away like snow in spring.” – Rolf van der Wind
  8. “There is something so special in the early leaves drifting from the trees–as if we are all to be allowed a chance to peel, to refresh, to start again.” – Ruth Ahmed
  9. “One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” – Henry David Thoreau
  10. “It is easy to forget now, how effervescent and free we all felt that summer.” – Anna Godbersen
  11. “A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.” – Unknown
  12. “The tans will fade but the memories will last forever.” – Unknown
  13. “Nostalgia – that’s the autumn, dreaming through September. Just a million lovely things I will remember.” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 

Looking for more inspirational quotes to help you say goodbye to the summer? Check out our list of August inspirational quotes!

“Nostalgia - that's the autumn, dreaming through September. Just a million lovely things I will remember.” - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 

Inspirational September Quotes About Welcoming the Fall

  1. “We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost.” – Henry Rollins
  2. “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
  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. “Baking your first fall batch of cookies but you put too much cinnamon in it because you’re too excited it’s fall.” – Taylor Swift
  5. “Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” – J.K. Rowling
  6. “As the alluring song of September begins to whisper in my ear, my passionate spirit yearns for the splendor of its promise.” – Peggy Toney Horton
  7. “When I flash back to the lovely days of September where I’ve kept some dreams and stories to remember, something like old streets and avenues to wander, something like my toys when I was younger, I have a fond belief that September will stay forever. There were many things in September, sweet and tender, something like love, something like adventure, something like childhood, something like the rain, like the water.” – Hayet Ben Bada
  8. “I guess I’m just feeling all September-ish…All the trees change color, the days get very clear—with little smoke on the horizon from burning leaves. Pumpkins begin to come out.” – George Selden
  9. “It’s the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves!” – Winnie the Pooh
  10. “By all these lovely tokens, September days are here. With summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.” – Helen Hunt Jackson
“By all these lovely tokens, September days are here. With summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.” – Helen Hunt Jackson

Fall Quotes About Nature

  1. “Happily we bask in this warm September sun, which illuminates all creatures.” – Henry David Thoreau
  2. “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
  3. “September days have the warmth of summer in their briefer hours, but in their lengthening evenings a prophetic breath of autumn.” – Rowland E. Robinson
  4. “O sweet September, thy first breezes bring the dry leaf’s rustle and the squirrel’s laughter. The cool fresh air whence health and vigor spring, and promise of exceeding joy hereafter.” – George Arnold
  5. “There is a clarity about September. On clear days, the sun seems brighter, the sky more blue, the white clouds take on marvelous shapes; the moon is a wonderful apparition, rising gold, cooling to silver; and the stars are so big. 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
  6. “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
  7. “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
  8. “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
  9. “Fall colors are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary.” – Siobhan Vivian
  10. “Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.” – Shira Tamir
  11. “Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” – Chad Sugg
Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year. - Chad Sugg

Short September Quotes for Inspiration

  1. “I love September, especially when we’re in it.” – Willie Stargell
  2. “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. “Let’s strive to be better in September!” – Charmaine J. Forde
  4. “Wine is the divine juice of September.” – Voltaire
  5. “Welcome the day with open arms and a heart willing to love and laugh.”
  6. “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  7. “She looked at the world with bright eyes, seeing possibilities where others saw obstacles.” – Unknown
  8. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
  9. “It must be September, July sun has disappeared” – Charmaine J. Forde
  10. “Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  11. “I don’t wait for the calendar to figure out when I should live life.” – Gene Simmons
  12. “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” – Emily Bronte
  13. “Autumn teaches us the beauty of letting go. Growth requires release – it’s what the trees do.” – Unknown
  14. “Embrace the feeling of a fresh start and let your aspirations soar.”
  15. “It’s always summer somewhere.”- Lily Pulitzer
  16. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

Using Inspirational September Quotes

As summer becomes nothing more than another turned page in your story, let these inspirational quotes become a part of your daily routine this month as you welcome September! 

There are so many practical ways that you can use these fall quotes for creativity, inspiration, and motivation throughout the month. As you set new goals for the month, choose a fall quote that you can use as a personal mantra to stay focused and inspired. 

Start your day by reading your favorite quote that reminds you of the first breezes of autumn. Set a positive tone for your day by placing it somewhere that you’ll see it first thing in the morning, such as your bathroom mirror or your phone screen! 

Place your favorite quotes about the warm September sun and the September breeze on display at your desk. Let them remind you of the new season and the clear days ahead. Then, use these inspirational quotes as journal prompts to reflect on the sweet September blessings at the end of your day.

My goal is to share the wisdom and inspiration these quotes offer with hopes that they make your transition into autumn as enriching and fulfilling as possible!

If you are looking for more positive quotes for the month of September, check out our collection of positive September quotes!

Best wishes for a happy September!

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