Autumn moods in the spirit of the Moomins – The most inspiring autumn quotes from Tove Jansson’s works

In her literal works Tove Jansson managed to capture the changes brought by autumn in a way that helps the reader to listen to the forces of nature and learn how to draw power and inspiration from its turmoil.

“It’s very easy to enjoy yourself“

“You can lie on a bridge and watch the water flowing past. Or run, or wade through a swamp in your red boots. Or roll yourself up and listen to the rain falling on the roof. It’s very easy to enjoy yourself. “
– Moominvalley in November

“The fisherman sat in his house watching the sea swell. It was so marvellous not to have to care about a blessed thing. No one to talk and no one to ask questions, and no one to feel at all sorry for. Only the mystery and unfathomable vastness of the sea and the sky flooding over him and past him that could never disappoint him.”
– Moominpappa at Sea

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The late autumn’s secret garden was growing with great vigour

“The forest was heavy with rain and the trees were absolutely motionless. Everything had withered and died, but right down on the ground the late autumn’s secret garden was growing with great vigour straight out of the mouldering earth, a strange vegetation of shiny puffed-up plants that had nothing at all to do with summer.”
– Moominvalley in November

“There were strong new colours everywhere, and red rowan berries were shining all over the place. But the bracken had turned black.”
– Moominvalley in November

It was just the right way to live if one liked big waves. Sitting in the middle of the breakers, watching the waves as high as mountains coming and going and listening to the sea thundering on the roof.
– Moominpappa at Sea

He lay there and allowed perfect solitude to surround him.

Red and yellow leaves danced round his head and from far away in the hills came another autumn downpour to wash away the last of everything he didn’t want to remember. “
– Moominvalley in November

Then he crept into his little house and curled himself up so that he looked like a wrinkled little ball. He lay there and allowed perfect solitude to surround him.
– Moominpappa at Sea

“He came to the edge of the water and stood watching the breakers. There was the sea – his sea – going past, wave after wave, foaming recklessly, raging furiously, but, somehow, tranquil at the same time. All Moominpappa’s thoughts and speculations vanished. He felt completely alive from the tips of his ears to the tip of his tail. This was a moment to live to the full.”
– Moominpappa at Sea

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“For how else can spring come back again?”

“But one needs a change sometimes. We take everything too much for granted, including each other. Isn’t that true, dearest?”
– Moominpappa at Sea

“The quiet transition from autumn to winter is not a bad time at all. It’s a time for protecting and securing things and for making sure you’ve got in as many supplies as you can. It’s nice to gather together everything you possess as close to you as possible, to store up your warmth and your thoughts and burrow yourself into a deep hole inside, a core of safety where you can defend what is important and precious and your very own. Then the cold and the storms and the darkness can do their worst.”
– Moominvalley in November

“It is autumn in Moominvalley, for how else can spring come back again?”
– Finn Family Moomintroll