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Fall 2016 and the Autumn Equinox: Top Quotes and Things You Need to Know About Sept. 22

First Posted: Sep 22, 2016 01:17 PM EDT
Autumn Colours Throughout The UK

Autumn Colours Throughout The UK(Photo : Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The 2016 Autumnal Equinox and Fall season is officially now upon us. With the start of the autumn season on Thursday, September 22, 10:21 a.m. EST to be precise, change is definitely in the air.

In Latin, the word equinox is formed from two words meaning "equal" and "night." To some that phenomenon is an apt representation of how during the equinox the sun comes to cross what's known as the "celestial equator," all of it foretelling how night and day have come to be equal to one another.

Rolls Around Every September

Each year, this day comes in September, officially falling on either the 22nd, 23rd or 24th of the month.

While scientists are quick to point out that even during this time of season, even on the day of the equinox, night and day are never exactly equal.

But the split of just a few minutes has become enough for many to serve as a valid representation of the symbolism that's captured by the moment.

"The equinox is defined as the time of an event," said Harvard astrophysicist Matthew Holman. "It's really not when the day and the night are of equal length, although that's what we think of - it's really that moment when the sun is on the equator at local noon."

Just as certain traditions and holidays have become associated with the day so too have countless famous quotes.

Famous Quotes 

Here is a list of some of the most noted sayings:

1 . "Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring."
- Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's 

2 "You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person died for no reason."
- Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

3 "Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance."
- Yoko Ono

4 "No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face."

[The Autumnal]"
- John Donne, The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose

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