Musician and writer Henry Rollins describes November in this quote: "I have come to regard November as the older, harder man's October." Vermont politician Madeleine M. Kunin observes, "If months were marked by colors, November in New England would be colored gray." Many quotes appropriate for November reflect on the stark look of nature in the late fall and early winter.
A famous verse about November begins, "Remember, remember! / The fifth of November, / The gunpowder treason and plot; / I know of no reason / Why the gunpowder treason / Should ever be forgot!" People in England use this poem to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day, otherwise known as Fireworks Night. They traditionally recite this poem around bonfires every November 5. The verse describes how Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators failed in their attempt to blow up Parliament.
Americans traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of every November; several quotes about this holiday are appropriate for November. J.A. Shedd writes, "He who thanks but with the lips / Thanks but in part; / The full, the true Thanksgiving / Comes from the heart." In her poem "Thanksgiving Feasting," Joanna Fuchs observes, "When the Halloween pumpkins are gone, / And the leaves have all fallen to ground, / When the air has turned windy and cold, / Then Thanksgiving will soon be around." Americans often use Lydia Maria Child's poem "Over the River and Through the Woods" to celebrate Thanksgiving. It begins, "Over the river and through the woods, / To grandmother's house we go; / The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh, / Through white and drifted snow!"