American poet William Cullen Bryant penned, "Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile," and contemporary Turkish playwright and novelist Mehmet Murat İldan wrote, "Winter is dead; spring is crazy; summer is cheerful and autumn is wise!" Quotations about autumn are often found in poems, essays and song lyrics.
In "The American Notebook," novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote, "I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." Johnny Mercer's lyrics to the famous song "Autumn Leaves" were taken from original French lyrics by poet Jacques Prevért. The song begins, "The falling leaves drift by the window, the autumn leaves of red and gold," and it ends, "Since you went away the days grow long and soon I'll hear old winter's song, but I miss you most of all my darling when autumn leaves start to fall."
Conservationist Aldo Leopold wrote, "The wind that makes music in November corn is in a hurry. The stalks hum, the loose husks whisk skyward in half-playing swirls, and the wind hurries on... A tree tries to argue, bare limbs waving, but there is no detaining the wind." Victorian novelist George Eliot wrote to a friend, "Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns." In "Anne of Green Gables," Anne sums up autumn, saying, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”