November Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old november quotes, november sayings, and november proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


November is usually such a disagreeable month as if the year had suddenly found out she was growing old and could do nothing but weep and fret over it.     

Anne Shirley

November is auspicious in so many parts of the country: the rice harvest is already in, the weather starts to cool, and the festive glow which precedes Christmas has began to brighten the landscape.     

F. Sionil Jose

In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year.     

Cynthia Rylant

Some of the days in November carry the whole memory of summer as a fire opal carries the color of moonrise.     

Gladys Taber

In November, the earth is growing quiet. It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures. The bed is white and silent, and much life can hide beneath its blankets.     

Cynthia Rylant

So dull and dark are the November days. The lazy mist high up the evening curled, And now the morn quite hides in smoke and haze; The place we occupy seems all the world.     

John Clare

In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones. Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still.     

Cynthia Rylant

Every year, in November, at the season that follows the hour of the dead, the crowning and majestic hours of autumn, I go to visit the chrysanthemums ... They are indeed, the most universal, the most diverse of flowers.     

Maeterlinck

The month of November makes me feel that life is passing more quickly. In an effort to slow it down, I try to fill the hours more meaningfully.     

Henry Rollins

November is chill, frosted mornings with a silver sun rising behind the trees, red cardinals at the feeders, and squirrels running scallops along the tops of the gray stone walls.     

Jean Hersey

And November sad, – a psalm Tender, trustful, full of balm, Thou must breathe in spirits calm.     

Caroline May

Now in November nearer comes the sun down the abandoned heaven.     

D. H. Lawrence

November wind has a sound different from any other. It is easy to imagine the cave of the winds in some mythical Northland where the winds are born and the gods send them out to conquer the quiet air.     

Gladys Taber

Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun bring more happiness than the daffodils.     

Cyril Connolly

Even when November's sun is low and Winter flaps his fleecy wings, Thy gold among his silvery snow a solace in the sadness brings.     

James Rigg

In November you begin to know how long the winter will be.     

Martha Gellhorn

It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.     

Maggie Stiefvater

There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life's July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November.     

Martin Luther King Jr.

Welcome sweet November, the season of senses and my favorite month of all.     

Gregory F. Lenz

The river this November afternoon / Rests in an equipoise of sun and cloud: / A glooming light, a gleaming darkness shroud / Its passage. All seems tranquil, all in tune.     

Cecil Day-Lewis

November always seems to me the Norway of the year.     

Emily Dickinson

November’s sky is chill and drear, / November’s leaf is red and sear.     

Sir Walter Scott

November at its best—with a sort of delightful menace in the air.     

Anne Bosworth Greene

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.     

Aldo Leopold

I... invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.     

Abraham Lincoln

The womb is not a clock / nor a bell tolling, / but in the eleventh month of its life / I feel the November / of the body as well as of the calendar. / In two days it will be my birthday / and as always the earth is done with its harvest.     

Anne Sexton

This is the month of nuts and nutty thoughts,—that November whose name sounds so bleak and cheerless. Perhaps its harvest of thought is worth more than all the other crops of the year.     

Henry David Thoreau

October is the month for painted leaves. Their rich glow now flashes round the world. As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year near its setting. October is its sunset sky; November the later twilight.     

Henry David Thoreau

Spring is brown; summer, green; autumn, yellow; winter, white; November, gray.     

Henry David Thoreau

Autumn I love thy latter end to view / In cold Novembers days so bleak and bare / When like life's dwindld thread worn nearly thro / Wi lingering pottering pace and head bleach'd bare / Thou like an old man bids the world adieu.     

John Clare