October Quotes

39 October Quotes to Fall In Love With This Autumn

Many favor October's weather, beauty, and occasions as autumn sets in. And we slowly start changing our wardrobe and prefer fall flavors as the trees turn to warmer colors and the weather to cooler temperatures. Our October quotes explore the love, appreciation, and meaning of this 10th month of the year as the nights start to get longer. Whether it's the changing weather, the magnificent shifting foliage, Halloween, or the feelings associated with a new start.

However, around 5% of Americans each year start experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder1, a type of depression. But after meticulously choosing these quotes, it is safe to assume that many people still appreciate October all the same. 

If you also have a similar liking for this month, spend time reading our curated October Quotes below.

Related: Celebrating the spooky season? You might also like our guide to an eco-friendly Halloween.

Best October Quotes

As we all know, the "Oct" from October means the number eight, indicating the month's order in the Roman calendar. October signifies many things for each of us, but there is still much more to uncover about this month. 

Did you know that in Old English, October has two alternative names? The Anglo Saxons called it "Winmonath," meaning "wine month," because it was the season of wine production. They also named it "Winterfylleth" or "winter fullness," as October has the first full moon of winter.

Let's learn more about this month by starting the selection with the best October quotes.

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." -L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gable #trvst #quotes #bethechange #socialimpact #october #LMMontgomery
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"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."

- L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gable

"My favorite color is October." -Unknown #trvst #quotes #gogreen #dogood #october #color
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"My favorite color is October."

- Unknown

"In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October." -Alexander Smith #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #impact #october #year
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"In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October."

- Alexander Smith

"What could be more exciting than an October day? It's your birthday, Fourth of July and Christmas all rolled into one." -Peggy Toney Horton #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #collectiveaction #october #exciting
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"What could be more exciting than an October day? It's your birthday, Fourth of July and Christmas all rolled into one."

- Peggy Toney Horton

October Quotes About Enjoying The Autumn Season

As everyone patiently waits for autumn, we experience the magic of the slow transition of the yellow and orange foliage, which has a science behind it. Although the official start of the autumn season is the last week of September, it's not until October that we really start to feel autumn replacing the summer. 

As temperatures drop and daylight shortens, the trees stop making the critical component of photosynthesis, chlorophyll, and breaking it into smaller parts. So the green color disappears, and the well-known warm colors of fall become visible.

Read on for a selection of autumnal October quotes. For more autumn colors, click through to our yellow quotes and orange quotes to complement each October quote in this section.

"You don't waste October sunshine. Soon the old autumn sun would bed down in cloud blankets and there would be weeks of gray rain before it finally decided to snow." -Katherine Arden #trvst #quotes #bethechange #thinkgreen #october #sunshine
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"You don't waste October sunshine. Soon the old autumn sun would bed down in cloud blankets and there would be weeks of gray rain before it finally decided to snow."

- Katherine Arden

"The trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water Mirrors a still sky; Upon the brimming water among the stones Are nine-and-fifty swans." -W.B. Yeats #trvst #quotes #impact #gogreen #october #beauty #autumn #fall
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"The trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water Mirrors a still sky; Upon the brimming water among the stones Are nine-and-fifty swans."

- W.B. Yeats

"In October, a maple tree before your window lights up your room like a great lamp. Even on cloudy days, its presence helps to dispel the gloom." -John Burroughs #trvst #quotes #impact #beinspired #october #maple #autumn #fall
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"In October, a maple tree before your window lights up your room like a great lamp. Even on cloudy days, its presence helps to dispel the gloom."

- John Burroughs

"It must be October, the trees are falling away and showing their true colors." -Charmaine J Forde #trvst #quotes #bethechange #takeaction #october #trees #autumn #fall
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"It must be October, the trees are falling away and showing their true colors."

- Charmaine J Forde

"As September rolls into October, I become obsessed with apples. Now obviously this is provoked by the ripening fruit clustering on the trees in our orchard, but it is as though all things pomological ripen in me, too." -Monty Don #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #takeaction #october #trees #autumn #fall
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"As September rolls into October, I become obsessed with apples. Now obviously this is provoked by the ripening fruit clustering on the trees in our orchard, but it is as though all things pomological ripen in me, too."

- Monty Don

Inspirational October Quotes To Welcome The Last Quarter

October is the first month of the last quarter of the year. We usually have new targets or goals that we must achieve to end the year strong. Of course, feeling a little pressure to complete the year and achieve your goals is normal. 

According to the Inverted-U Theory or The Yerkes-Dodson law, performance increases with mental arousal up to a certain point. Therefore, when your stress level is too high, your performance decreases. Even if this law has been reviewed and contested for over a century, we can all agree that we can convert a healthy amount of pressure into motivation.

Whenever you need a push, here are some inspirational October quotes you can read throughout the last quarter.

"October had tremendous possibility. The summer's oppressive heat was a distant memory, and the golden leaves promised a world full of beautiful adventures. They made me believe in miracles." -Sarah Guillory #trvst #quotes #beinspired #dogood #october #autumn #fall #miracle
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"October had tremendous possibility. The summer's oppressive heat was a distant memory, and the golden leaves promised a world full of beautiful adventures. They made me believe in miracles."

- Sarah Guillory

"October is the opal month of the year. It is the month of glory, of ripeness. It is the picture-month." -Henry Ward Beecher #trvst #quotes #impact #gogreen #october #autumn #fall
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"October is the opal month of the year. It is the month of glory, of ripeness. It is the picture-month."

- Henry Ward Beecher

"The end of the summer is not the end of the world, here's to October." -A.A. Milne #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #socialchange #october #world #summer
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"The end of the summer is not the end of the world, here's to October."

- A.A. Milne

"October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again." -Hal Borland #trvst #quotes #dogood #impact #october #autumn #fall
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"October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again."

- Hal Borland

"October is a symphony of permanence and change." -Bonaro W. Overstreet #trvst #quotes #bethechange #dogood #october #permanence #change
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"October is a symphony of permanence and change."

- Bonaro W. Overstreet

Other Quotes About The October Sun In The Evenings

Say goodbye to the distant memory of summer heat because the USA experiences mild weather during October with a daytime temperature ranging from 50 to 80 Fahrenheit. 

Do you have plans to enjoy this weather? Researchers have found that physical activities vary per season, and extreme temperatures prevent people from doing so (x). Thus the fine October weather allows us to enjoy vacations, connect with nature, and even increase our outdoor exercise. So let's seize the moment and get outdoors while the freezing winter air is still around the corner.

Related: If heading out to brave the elements in October, have a browse of our sustainable outdoor clothing brand recommendations, grab an eco-friendly backpack, and enjoy! 

Know more about the beloved weather through the following October quotes. 

"After the keen still days of September, the October sun filled the world with mellow warmth...The maple tree in front of the doorstep burned like a gigantic red torch. The oaks along the roadway glowed yellow and bronze. The fields stretched like a carpet of jewels, emerald and topaz and garnet. Everywhere she walked the color shouted and sang around her...In October any wonderful unexpected thing might be possible." -Elizabeth George Speare #trvst #quotes #gogreen #collectiveaction #october #world #tree #sun
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"After the keen still days of September, the October sun filled the world with mellow warmth...The maple tree in front of the doorstep burned like a gigantic red torch. The oaks along the roadway glowed yellow and bronze. The fields stretched like a carpet of jewels, emerald and topaz and garnet. Everywhere she walked the color shouted and sang around her...In October any wonderful unexpected thing might be possible."

- Elizabeth George Speare

"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October." -Nathaniel Hawthorne #trvst #quotes #dogood #thinkgreen #october #sunny
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"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October."

- Nathaniel Hawthorne

"O suns and skies and clouds of June, And flowers of June together, Ye cannot rival for one hour October's bright blue weather." -Helen Hunt Jackson #trvst #quotes #gogreen #takeaction #october #bright #weather
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"O suns and skies and clouds of June, And flowers of June together, Ye cannot rival for one hour October's bright blue weather."

- Helen Hunt Jackson

"October is crisp days and cool nights, a time to curl up around the dancing flames and sink into a good book." -John Sinor #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #socialchange #october #nights
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"October is crisp days and cool nights, a time to curl up around the dancing flames and sink into a good book."

- John Sinor

"Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!" -Humbert Wolfe #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #collectiveaction #october #summer #wild #wind
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"Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!"

- Humbert Wolfe

Quotes About Historical October Events

October has been a rich source of history across all types of industries, events, and cultures. For instance, the founding of the well-known international organization, the United Nations. The United States and the other 50 founding member states started drafting the United Nations Charter, which took effect on October 24, 1945. 

We have collated a variety of October quotes below that depict historical events for interest and inspiration in this section.

"In October 2014, for the first time in almost three-quarters of a century, a gray wolf was seen loping along the forested North Rim of the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. She had walked hundreds of miles, probably from Wyoming or Idaho." -Lydia Millet #trvst #quotes #dogood #socialchange #october #wolf
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"In October 2014, for the first time in almost three-quarters of a century, a gray wolf was seen loping along the forested North Rim of the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. She had walked hundreds of miles, probably from Wyoming or Idaho."

- Lydia Millet

Related: 50 Wolf Quotes, Proverbs, and Sayings

"After we were hit on September 11, 2001, we were in a state of national shock. Less than six weeks later, on October 26 2001, the U.S.A. Patriot Act was passed by a Congress that had little chance to debate it; many said that they scarcely had time to read it." -Naomi Wolf #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #thinkgreen #october #patriotact
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"After we were hit on September 11, 2001, we were in a state of national shock. Less than six weeks later, on October 26 2001, the U.S.A. Patriot Act was passed by a Congress that had little chance to debate it; many said that they scarcely had time to read it."

- Naomi Wolf

"The stock market crash in October 1929 didn't destroy a particularly large amount of wealth or make people highly pessimistic. Rather, it made companies and consumers very unsure about future income, and so led them to stop spending as they waited for more information." -Christina Romer #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #dogood #october #stockmarket
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"The stock market crash in October 1929 didn't destroy a particularly large amount of wealth or make people highly pessimistic. Rather, it made companies and consumers very unsure about future income, and so led them to stop spending as they waited for more information."

- Christina Romer

"The most terrifying moment in my life was October 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I did not know all the facts - we have learned only recently how close we were to war - but I knew enough to make me tremble." -Joseph Rotblat #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #beinspired #october #crisis
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"The most terrifying moment in my life was October 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I did not know all the facts - we have learned only recently how close we were to war - but I knew enough to make me tremble."

- Joseph Rotblat

October Quotes About Halloween And Other Exciting Events

What occasion comes up in your mind when somebody mentions October? It's Halloween! Filled with spooky aesthetics and sweet treats, Halloween stems from multiple origins. One is an ancient Celtic pagan festival called Samhain, where the Celts wore animal heads and skins as costumes. On a lighter note, Halloween also has a connection with Christianity. In Old English, Halloween means the night before All Saint's Day. 

Dive deeper into the origins of your favorite events after reading the following October quotes.

"October proved a riot to the senses and climaxed those giddy last weeks before Halloween." -Keith Donohue #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #thinkgreen #october #halloween
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"October proved a riot to the senses and climaxed those giddy last weeks before Halloween."

- Keith Donohue

"Ghosts and goblins come to play on October's final day!" -Rusty Fischer #trvst #quotes #takeaction #bethechange #october #halloween
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"Ghosts and goblins come to play on October's final day!"

- Rusty Fischer

"October is a fine and dangerous season in America. a wonderful time to begin anything at all. You go to college, and every course in the catalogue looks wonderful." -Thomas Merton #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #gogreen #october #college
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"October is a fine and dangerous season in America. a wonderful time to begin anything at all. You go to college, and every course in the catalogue looks wonderful."

- Thomas Merton

"October baseball is what it's all about." -James A. Winnefeld, Jr. #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #bethechange #october #baseball
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"October baseball is what it's all about."

- James A. Winnefeld, Jr.

Melodic October Excerpts From Poets

There are two spectacular displays of meteor showers gracing the October skies annually. Between October 6 and 10, the Draconids, named after the constellation Draco, pass the October evening sky. The next one, peaking around October 21, is called the Orionid meteor shower. It is the second meteor shower created by the Halley comet, and the best time to observe it is from midnight until dawn.

Bury yourself in these melodic October quotes as you wait for this month's celestial events this month.

"Pale amber sunlight falls across The reddening October trees, That hardly sway before a breeze As soft as summer: summer's loss Seems little, dear! on days like these." -Ernest Dowson #trvst #quotes #beinspired #thinkgreen #october #poem #poetic
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"Pale amber sunlight falls across The reddening October trees, That hardly sway before a breeze As soft as summer: summer's loss Seems little, dear! on days like these."

- Ernest Dowson

"October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!...Merry October!" -Rainbow Rowell #trvst #quotes #gogreen #planetearthfirst #october #poem #poetic
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"October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!...Merry October!"

- Rainbow Rowell

"All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken." -Thomas Wolfe #trvst #quotes #bethechange #takeaction #october #love #earth #poem #poetic
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"All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken."

- Thomas Wolfe

Other Notable October Quotes In Art And Literature

Roused by its advocacy for reading, writing, and literature, the National Book Foundation created the first National Book Month at the dawn of the world wide web on October 2003. To celebrate, you can read a new book, support authors on social media, visit a local library, gift your old books, and many more. 

Celebrate National Book Month in any way you want after reading the following October quotes from distinguished authors of old and new.

"I remember it as October days are always remembered, cloudless, maple-flavored, the air gold and so clean it quivers." -Leif Enge #trvst #quotes #impact #collectiveaction #october #literature
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"I remember it as October days are always remembered, cloudless, maple-flavored, the air gold and so clean it quivers."

- Leif Enge

"Ah, Lovely October, as you usher in the season that awakens my soul, your awesome beauty compels my spirit to soar like an leaf caught in an autumn breeze and my heart to sing like a heavenly choir." -Peggy Toney Hortons #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #bethechange #october #literature
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"Ah, Lovely October, as you usher in the season that awakens my soul, your awesome beauty compels my spirit to soar like an leaf caught in an autumn breeze and my heart to sing like a heavenly choir."

- Peggy Toney Hortons

"Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter." -Carol Bishop Hipps #trvst #quotes #bethechange #takeaction #october  #literature
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"Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter."

- Carol Bishop Hipps

"He loved October. Had always loved it. There was something sad and beautiful about it—the ending and beginning of things." -Jacqueline Woodson #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #impact #october  #literature
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"He loved October. Had always loved it. There was something sad and beautiful about it—the ending and beginning of things."

- Jacqueline Woodson

"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 #trvst #quotes #bethechange #socialimpact #october #love  #literature
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"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

Perfect Social Media Captions To Not Waste October Sunshine

Aside from National Book Month, October is full of other fun national holidays you can celebrate on social media. For example, coffee lovers have International Coffee Day on the 2nd, and cat lovers have National Cat Day on the 29th.

October is also a month for food like pizza, apples, popcorn, and many more. On a serious note, it is also a month to commemorate LGBT History, Bullying Prevention, Breast Cancer Awareness, and Fire Prevention. 

Search for the official hashtags for these celebrations after reading our final set of October quotes.

"A boy who loved Autumn. A girl who was forever October." -Nitya Prakash #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #thinkgreen #october #autumn
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"A boy who loved Autumn. A girl who was forever October."

- Nitya Prakash

"The clear light that belongs to October was making the landscape radiant." -Florence Bone #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #impact #october #light #beauty
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"The clear light that belongs to October was making the landscape radiant."

- Florence Bone

"And all at once, summer collapsed into fall." -Oscar Wilde #trvst #quotes #dogood #changetheworld #october #summer #autumn #seasons
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"And all at once, summer collapsed into fall."

- Oscar Wilde

"This tree must be falling for me, as soon as I sat under it, it dropped its leaves. Oh sweet October!" -Charmaine J Forde #trvst #quotes #bethechange #gogreen #october #tree
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"This tree must be falling for me, as soon as I sat under it, it dropped its leaves. Oh sweet October!"

- Charmaine J Forde

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