quotations about leaves
The rustling of the leaves is like a low hymn to nature.
JAMES ELLIS, attributed, Day's Collacon
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
EMILY BRONTË, "Fall, Leaves, Fall"
Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower.
ALBERT CAMUS, attributed, Visions from Earth
I love the chill October days, when the brown leaves lie thick and sodden underneath your feet.
JEROME K. JEROME, "Silhouettes"
Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves.
HUMBERT WOLFE, P.L.M.: Peoples, Landfalls, Mountains
Every leaf is a spacious plain; every line a flowing brook; every period a lofty mountain.
JAMES HERVEY, Meditations Among the Tombs
Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.
MARTIN LUTHER, attributed, The Lutheran Witness, 1935
Now Autumn's fire burns slowly along the woods,
And day by day the dead leaves fall and melt.
WILLIAM ALLINGHAM, "Autumnal Sonnet", Day and Night Songs
What if the leaves were to fall a-weeping, and say, "It will be so painful for us to be pulled from our stalks, when autumn comes?" Foolish fear! Summer goes, and autumn succeeds. The glory of death is upon the leaves; and the gentlest breeze that blows takes them softly and silently from the bough, and they float slowly down, like fiery sparks, upon the moss.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Life Thoughts
Leaves are light, and useless, and idle, and wavering, and changeable; they even dance; yet God has made them part of oak; in so doing He has given us a lesson not to deny the stout-heartedness within, because we see the lightsomeness without.
JULIUS CHARLES HARE, attributed, Guesses at Truth
Are ye the ghosts of fallen leaves,
O flakes of snow,
For which, through naked trees, the winds
JOHN BANISTER TABB, "Phantoms", Poems
There is not a single leaf which is a mere ornament; all contribute to the fruitfulness of the earth, and the support of its inhabitants.
CHRISTOPH CHRISTIAN STURM, Reflections on the Works of God and of His Providence
The calm shade
Shall bring a kindred calm, and the sweet breeze
That makes the green leaves dance, shall waft a balm
To thy sick heart.
WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT, "Inscription for the Entrance to a Wood"
A tangerine and russet cascade of kaleidoscopic leaves, creates a tapestry of autumn magic upon the emerald carpet of fading summer.
JUDITH A. LINDBERG, The Organic View
The universe is a vast system of exchange. Every artery of it is in motion, throbbing with reciprocity, from the planet to the rotting leaf.
E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words
So bright in death I used to say,
So beautiful through frost and cold!
A lovelier thing I know to-day,
The leaf is growing old,
And wears in grace of duty done,
The gold and scarlet of the sun.
MARGARET ELIZABETH SANGSTER, "A Maple Leaf"
The dead leaves their rich mosaics
Of olive and gold and brown
Had laid on the rain-wet pavements,
Through all the embowered town.
SAMUEL LONGFELLOW, "November"
Happy, happy, happy for all that God hath done,
Glad of all the little leaves dancing in the sun.
ALFRED NOYES, Drake: An English Epic
Autumn flings her fiery cloak over the sumac, beech and oak.
SUSAN LENDROTH, Ocean Wide, Ocean Deep
The leaves do not change color from the blighting touch of the frost, but from the process of natural decay. They fall when the fruit has been ripened and their work is done. And their splendid change of coloring is but their graceful and beautiful surrender of life, when they have finished their summer offering of service to God and man.
TRYON EDWARDS, Light for the Day