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By: John Adams, author of, LinkedIn Changemaker, and dad of two young daughters
Posted on: Sep 29, 2020

5 Inspirational Quotes to Round Off September

John Adams (aka Dadbloguk) has compiled five inspirational quotes to help mark the end of summer 2020 and celebrate the arrival of fall.

September is a month when lots of changes take place. The temperature drops and the leaves on the trees turn a golden colour as fall arrives. Children return to school and start in new classes while mums and dads get back to work after a relaxed summer.

From the earliest school days, it’s a month that takes on huge significance. In 2020, with many children having not attended school since March, it could be even more significant!

I’ve put together five inspirational quotes to help round off the month of September. I’ve put the quotes in order, marking the end of summer, celebrating the arrival of fall (autumn as it’s called in the United Kingdom, my home country), and also a couple of back-to-school quotes.

Quotes for Marking the End of Summer

“What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” - John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck is one of my favourite writers and I think this quote is typical of his style. He is also absolutely correct: We have to experience the colder winter months to get the most out of summer.

Quotes for Celebrating the Arrival of Fall

“The windows are open, admitting the September breeze: A month that smells like notepaper and pencil shavings, autumn leaves and car oil. A month that smells like progress, like moving on.” - Lauren Oliver

I think Lauren Oliver (famous for writing fiction for young adults) encapsulates September and the arrival of autumn perfectly. The fresh air, the notebook and pencils for schoolwork, and the smell of freshly fallen leaves. September is a month for moving on as children go back to school and fall arrives.

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” - F. Scot Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald was short, to the point but on point with this quote. Many people associate spring with new beginnings, but it really happens in the fall as plants go to sleep or die in the colder weather and shorter days.

Inspirational Quotes for September 20202

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Quotes for Back to School

“Strive for progress, not perfection.” - Unknown

A wonderful quote and a sentiment I often remind my own children of. If youngsters have started school or have gone into a new class in September, they will be learning new skills. They need to be encouraged to progress and learn. Perfection will come later.

“Summer is over. Time to officially remember what day of the week it is.” - Unknown

I had to finish with this light-hearted quote. It made me laugh when I first read it and it’s a quote I think any parent will relate to. It’s easy to lose track of the days as you have lots of fun over summer. When you get back into the school routine, you have to keep on top of what your children are doing on which day.

Further Quote-spiration!

If you’d like to read more inspirational quotes, there are some great ones on the SemiDelicateBalance website focused on the arrival of September. Over on, you’ll find a plethora of motivational quotes focused on returning to school.

Here's to the season of sweaters, cozy nights in, and cups of cocoa!