Saturday, October 22, 2011

Quote du jour/Samuel Butler

Youth is like spring, an over-praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

Samuel Butler in spring
and in autumn


  1. "What we lose in flowers, we more than gain in fruits"... what a lovely, lovely thought. This could also apply to aging in general.
    Thank you for this on this beautiful day!

  2. Oh wait, that was the whole point...too tired from raking leaves today, I guess! :-)

  3. I so agree.
    And what a lovely spot. Your house, I mean!

  4. Hello Nan,

    Oh my it has been way too long since my last visit here. Thank you so much for the lovely quotes. I especially love the one of Autumn. Hope you and your family are enjoying a lovely Autumn season.



  5. I wonder if he penned this in his own autumn? Or perhaps he had foresight beyond his years?

  6. Kay, I really though it was so beautifully expressed.

    Lisa, me too.

    Pamela, thank you.

    Beverly, lovely to 'see' you.

    Librarian, yes.

    Debbie, I wondered that, too, but didn't do much searching to find out. :<)

  7. I love this quote (autumn is my favorite season).

    It reminds me of the joy of autumn that George Eliot expresses:
    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.

  8. HKatz, I do so love the Eliot words - especially the last ones which you don't often see.


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