What really comes to your mind when you think of November? Perhaps the proverbial term ‘Movember’?
It’s that time of the year when men let their beards grow wild and free. The purpose of this is to raise awareness about men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and men’s suicide. But there’s a lot more to the penultimate month of the calendar than just this.
November offers the perfect blend of fall and winter. Neither too hot nor too cold, November lets you break out your stylish jackets and sweaters.
It has an ideal temperature and crisp, clean air. It offers a great opportunity for outings and spontaneous sojourns before the winter snow invades.
And though a holiday month, November has no hurried rush of the sort for which December is notorious.
Instead, one gets to relax and celebrate Thanksgiving traditions with friends and family.
You’re hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, preparing delicious turkey and amazing side dishes. You’ve reflected on the blessings of the year gone by, and now you’re ready to celebrate the month of gratitude and finally settle into it.
Here we’ve compiled a list of 50 November quotes to help you get into the spirit of the month. These quotes reflecting on the nature of this final month of Autumn would lift spirits and motivate you to adapt to the changing season.
50 November Quotes
- “November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.” – Emily Dickinson
Norway is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth. And if there’s any month that can encapsulate Norway like serenity, it has to be November.
Days are shorter and evenings cozy, perfect for get-togethers, with warm coffee and soft music floating in the background. The month speaks of tranquility and yellow leaves falling in abundance for regeneration.
- “Some of the days in November carry the whole memory of summer as a fire opal carries the color of moonrise.” – Gladys Taber.
November is the month when nature prepares to numb itself. Being a transition month, it provides us with the opportunity to reflect on days that have passed since.
You end up thinking about the promises and resolutions made earlier in the year. And since it’s only a month away from the year’s end, it makes you wonder about your goals and whether or not they remain unaccomplished.
- “The month of November makes me feel that life is passing more quickly. In an effort to slow down, I try to fill the hours more meaningfully.” -Henry Rollins.
November stands on the precipice of winter.
That means as the month approaches, days get shorter and nights longer. This ought to make one feel like the days are passing rather quickly.
And because November provides the very best of peak Autumn, people end up making the most of this beautiful month. They do so by going out and enjoying the perfect, idyllic temperatures.
- “November isn’t a month. It’s a state of mind.” -Antal Szerb
This sentence perfectly sums up our emotions about the month. November is a perfect blend of warm and cold. This is the kind of weather that makes you want to spend a cozy evening over the fireplace with your better halves.
Also, nothing can beat a romantic evening walk during November, more so because you get to pull out your favorite blazers and beanies.
- “November is the last month of Autumn, but the beginning of a new adventure; time to take risks and do the unexpected.” – Unknown.
November is the month that ushers in the holiday season. It offers us the chance to rest, introspects, and accordingly prepare for the coming year.
In essence, it’s a transition period before a new chapter in life unfolds. Naturally, with it comes new hopes and aspirations.
Promises that remain unfulfilled get a new lease. Optimism and hope are in the air.
- “Welcome sweet November, the season of senses and my favorite month of all.” – Gregory Lenz
No doubt, November is the favorite month of many. And this has a lot to do with the fact that it harbors Thanksgiving. It offers the fun of Christmas minus the rush that comes along with it.
And when one thinks of Thanksgiving, what are the things that come to mind first? Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mac & cheese, etc. These are the kind of food that would make your sense truly come to life.
- “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
In November, the night arrives earlier than usual. The temperature drops, trees shed their leaves, and vegetative growth decreases.
It prompts animals to hibernate, to prepare for the shortage of food that comes in the winter. In short, November is synonymous with quiet and tranquility.
- “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 Thoreau.
Indeed, the month of November can induce nutty thoughts. Because it’s so close to the end of the year, one can probably feel worried about unfulfilled promises and vows.
Did you achieve your goals? Were you able to fulfill your dreams this year?
It’s because of this opportunity it provides for close introspection; the month ends up offering us a great impetus to face newer challenges in life.
- “How sad would be November if we had no knowledge of the spring.” – Edwin Way Teale.
November is a transition month between the fall and the winter. This means the weather is a good blend of both, delightful after the leaves have fallen and settled.
The breeze is mildly cold and not as harsh as the ones in winter. In a symbolic sense, therefore, the month undoubtedly represents change.
And even though the month at times might seem like a prelude to a somber winter, spring will always be around the corner.
- “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.
The month is synonymous with reposeful contemplation. Animals hibernate. Much of life seems to be at rest, for the days start to get shorter and colder.
Because of the holiday season, you feel unburdened and liberated. Work is at a halt.
There’s room to go out and break free. Suffice to say, November is one of a kind.
- “My lovely November. Have you seen my heart, somewhere in your castle of yellowed leaves?” – A Waltz for Zizi
The month of peak Autumn is one of the most beautiful. When tree shed their yellow leaves, it reminds you so much of our earth and all she offers us in the harvest months.
The leaves descend and make their way onto the streets and woodlands and remind us of the smell of earth rendered damp and soft. It’s the time for evenings with warm hugs and warmer drinks.
- “Peering from some high window, at the gold of November sunset and feeling that if the day has to become night, this is a beautiful way.” – E.E. Cummings.
The weather in November is fantastic, which makes it ideal for festivities and celebrations. Harvest season begins in many places and the subsequent carousing, to say the least, is beautiful.
The weather is cool, and low rainfall often occurs, which presents a perfect tourist season as well.
Take a trip to an orchard or a local harvest festival, or go for outings and explore bare woodlands and soaked earth. After all, when we speak of November, beauty and peace resonate in our ears the most.
- “And November sad- a psalm. Tender, trustful, full of balm, Thou must breathe in spirits calm.”- Caroline May.
Calm weather and soothing ambiance correspond with November.
That makes it the perfect month to explore yourself spiritually. And it being a holiday season, the month is quite relaxing.
You can take up yoga classes or start meditation. Doing these will help you recharge and invigorate. It would provide freshness of thoughts which in turn will prepare you better to assess your life and help get it back in shape, in case if it wasn’t already.
- “Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun brings more happiness than the daffodils.”- Cyril Connolly.
The month brings a flurry of change, a change quite uplifting just as much as it’s beautiful. You get to walk on streets vibrant with yellow and orange hues.
The fresh air that floats around fills you up with a sense of purpose. The changes the month ushers in are something to be thankful for, for without them, it would seem like a time of gloom.
Instead, it’s a gateway to regeneration, for what is old must wither to give way for something new and perhaps better.
- “It was the best kind of November day. Cold and crisp, but not quite freezing, not icy. Just cold enough that she could justifiably wear all her favorite clothes – cardigans and tights and leg warmers.” – Rainbow Rowell
A personal reason for many as to why November is their favorite month. It’s that time of the year when people get to move to their warmer wardrobe.
Getting dressed becomes easier and fashionable because everyone wears what’s comfortable. You don’t have to compromise on the style quotient.
Warm boots, coats, sweatshirts, and sweaters have become the norm. Undoubtedly, and for the right reasons, November is the undisputed fashion month.
- “There came 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.
- “The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of. The mite which November contributes becomes equal in value to the bounty of July.” – Henry David Thoreau.
- “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
- “Now in November nearer comes the sun down the abandoned Heaven.” – D.H. Lawrence.
- “In November, you begin to know how long the winter will be.” – Martha Gellhorn.
- “So dull and dark are the November days. The lazy mist high up the evening curled, and now the morn quite hides in the smoke and haze; the place we occupy seems all the world.” – John Clare.
- “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 comes, and November goes. With the last red berries and the first white snows. With night coming early and dawn coming late, and ice in the bucket and frost by the gate. The fires burn, and the kettles sing, and earth sinks to rest until next spring.” – Clyde Watson.
- “But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the wood for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.” – L.M. Montgomery.
- “The river this November afternoon rests in equipoise of sun and cloud. A glooming light, a gleaming darkness shroud. Its passage. All seems tranquil, all in tune.” – Cecil Day-Lewis.
- “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.
- “The November evening had a bite; it nibbled not-quite-gently at her cheeks and ears. In Virginia, the late autumn was a lover, still, but a dangerous one.” – J. Aleksandr Wootton.
- “All Nature mourns, I said, November wild hath torn the fairest pages from her book.” – Albert Laighton.
- “Whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul, I shall recall the memory of warm, sunny, late summer afternoons like this one and be comforted greatly.” – Peggy Toney Horton.
- “All in November’s soaking mist we stand and prune the naked tree, while all our love and interest seem quenched in the blue-nosed misery.” – Ruth Pitter
- “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 begun to brighten the landscape.” – F. Sionil Jose.
- “I know that I have died before once in November”- Anne Saxton
- “The house was very quiet, and the fog we are in November now pressed against the windows like an excluded ghost.” – E.M. Forster
- “There is October in every November, and there is November in every December. All seasons melted in each other’s life.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
- “This November, there seems to be nothing to say.” – Anne Sexton
- “Jam on November took away the worries; it was like tasting summer.” – El Fuego
- “Wind warns November’s done with. The blown leaves make bat-shapes, Web-winged and furious.” – Sylvia Plath
- “Fear not November’s challenge bold. We’ve books and friends and hearths that never can grow cold. These make amends.” – Alexander L. Fraser
- “November Is Chill, Frosted Mornings With A Silver Sun Rising Behind The Trees, Red Cardinals At The Feeders, And Squirrels Running Scallops Along with The Tops Of The Gray Stone Walls.” – Jean Hersey
- “Dull November Brings The Blast, Then The Leaves Are Whirling Fast.” – Sara Coleridge
- “November Is The Month To Remind Us To Be Thankful For The Many Positive Things Happening In Our Life.” – Unknown
- “Long Cold Nights Mark November’s Return, Grey Rains Fall, Wind Walks In The Bronze Oak Leaves.” – Gladys Taber
- “A September To Remember. An October Full Of Splendor. A November To Treasure.” – Unknown
- “And we will serenade and make love to the passion of November!” – Avijeet Das
- “November; Crows are approaching – Wounded leaves fall to the ground.” – Sir Kristian Goldmund Aumann
- “It was November–the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines.” – L.M. Montgomery
- In rattling showers, dark November’s rain. From every stormy cloud, descends amain, till keen December’s snows close up the year again.” – John Ruskin
- “November woods are bare and still. November days are bright and good. Life’s noon burns up life’s morning chill. Life’s night rests feet which long have stood.” – Helen Fiske Hunt Jackson
- “It is also November., The noons are more laconic and the sunsets sterner and Gibraltar lights make the village foreign.” – Emily Dickinson
With that, we conclude our list of 50 November quotes. We hope that through the reading of this listing, you were able to get into the spirit of the month.
Keeping these quotes in mind, one would feel prompted to reflect on the past just as much as feel inspired about the future. No wonder why so many creative people end up inspired by this evocative month of gratitude.
It reminds us to be hopeful of a new beginning, after all. Now go out there and enjoy the best of November before it’s over again!