The dog days of summer are behind us, and now it's time for September. In the United States, the ninth month of the year is synonymous with pumpkin spice lattes, light cardigans and the start of football season.

On Thursday, welcome the cool air and fun fall activities that accompany September with these quotes about the month and the feelings it inspires. These sayings and lyrics are collected from Goodreads, The Quote Garden and lyrics.net:

"The morning of the first of September was crisp and golden as an apple." — JK Rowling

"September means / School / Effort / and / Play / Trying your best / Each hour of the day / Making new friends / Being good as you can / Exciting discoveries / Reading books with a friend." — Boni Fulgham

"[That] old September feeling . . . of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air . . . Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes and failures had been wiped clean by summer." — Wallace Stegner

"For it's a long, long while from May to December / But the days grow short when you reach September." — Maxwell Anderson

"We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost." — Henry Rollins

"The leaves of brown came tumbling down / Remember, in September, in the rain / The sun went out just like a dying amber / That September in the rain." — Al Dubin and Harry Warren

"Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul... but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October." — Peggy Toney Horton

"September is dressing herself in showy dahlias and splendid marigolds and starry zinnias. October, the extravagant sister, has ordered an immense amount of the most gorgeous forest tapestry for her grand reception." — Olive Wendell Holmes

"September days are here / With summer’s best of weather / And autumn’s best of cheer." — Helen Hunt Jackson

"September was a thirty-days long goodbye to summer, to the season that left everybody both happy and weary of the warm, humid weather and the exhausting but thrilling adventures." — Lea Malot

"We say that we're in love / While secretly wishing for rain / Sipping coke and playing games / September's here again." — David Sylvian