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22: Autumnal Equinox

 

Illumination of the Earth by the Sun on the da...

Illumination of the Earth by the Sun on the day of equinox, (ignoring twilight). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Derived from the Latin words for “equal night,” the equinox occurs when the Earth’s equator is directly in line with the sun—giving the day roughly an equal number of hours for night and day. Happens twice a year: spring and fall. This year’s autumnal equinox happened today at 4:44 pm Eastern time. Fall is my favorite season, so here is a selection of quotes celebrating fall (as found on GoodReads).

“Let whoever wants to, relax in the south,
And bask in the garden of paradise.
Here is the essence of north—and it’s autumn
I’ve chosen as this year’s friend.”
― Anna Akhmatova

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
― Albert Camus

“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!”
― Rainbow Rowell

“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

“Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like
they’re falling in love with the ground.”
― Andrea Gibson

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”
― John Donne

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.”
― Chad Sugg
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”
― Jim Bishop

“The autumn leaves blew over the moonlit pavement in such a way as to make the girl who was moving there seem fixed to a sliding walk, letting the motion of the wind and the leaves carry her forward. […] The trees overhead made a great sound of letting down their dry rain.”
― Ray Bradbury

“Such days of autumnal decline hold a strange mystery which adds to the gravity of all our moods.”
― Charles Nodier

“His beard was all colors, a grove of trees in autumn, deep brown and fire-orange and wine-red, an untrimmed tangle across the lower half of his face. His cheeks were apple-red. He looked like a friend; like someone you had known all your life.”
― Neil Gaiman

“Flowers, cold from the dew,
And autumn’s approaching breath,
I pluck for the warm, luxuriant braids,
Which haven’t faded yet.

In their nights, fragrantly resinous,
Entwined with delightful mystery,
They will breathe in her springlike
Extraordinary beauty.

But in a whirlwind of sound and fire,
From her shing head they will flutter
And fall—and before her
They will die, faintly fragrant still.

And, impelled by faithful longing,
My obedient gaze will feast upon them—
With a reverent hand,
Love will gather their rotting remains.”
― Anna Akhmatova

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