Quotes on ROSES


“Roses have thorns, and silver fountains mud;
Clouds and eclipses stain both moon and sun,
And loathsome canker lies in sweetest bud.
All men make faults.” ~William Shakespeare

“The rose is a flower of love. The world has acclaimed it for centuries. Pink roses are for love hopeful and expectant. White roses are for love dead or forsaken, but the red roses, ah the red roses are for love triumphant.” ~Unattributed by Lola’s Lofty Ponderings

“A bed of roses is a good description of human life. And roses are not all soft petals. They have thorns too. No human life is petal soft. Every life has thorns of grief, pain, heartache, and disappointment because we live in a fallen world.” ~Rosalind Embry (The Upper Room 1998)

“A garden with roses is no doubt called a Garden of Love. Their flowers are free to be shared.” ~Leah Dancel, 28 August 2012

“A profusion of pink roses bending ragged in the rain speaks to me of all gentleness and its enduring.” ~William Carlos Williams

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” ~Proverb

“A single rose can be my garden, a single friend, my world.” ~Leo Buscaglia

“A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.” ~Chinese Proverbs

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.” ~Henry L. Mencken

“Anyone can love a rose, but it takes a lot to love a leaf. It’s ordinary to love the beautiful, but it’s beautiful to love the ordinary.” ~MJ Korvan?

“But earthlier happy is the rose distill’d
Than that which withering on the virgin thorn
Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.”
~William Shakespeare

“But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

“But he that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose.” ~Anne Bronte

“Every sweet-scented rose tells from its heart the secrets of heaven and earth.” ~Rumi

“Friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1998/mpw

“From a thorn comes a rose, and from a rose comes a thorn.” ~Greek Proverb

“Gather the rose of love whilst yet it time.” ~Edmund Spenser

“He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.” ~Persian Proverb

“How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” ~Emma Goldman

“I remembered the rose bush that had reached a thorny branch out through the ragged fence, and caught my dress, detaining me when I would have passed on. And again the symbolism of it all came over me. These memories and visions of the poor–they were the clutch of the thorns. Social workers have all felt it. It holds them to their work, because the thorns curve backward, and one cannot pull away.” ~Albion Fellows Bacon

“If seeds in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses, what might not the heart of man become in its long journey toward the stars?” ~G.K. Chesterton

“If you look at a rose bush, those with the most thorns turn out to be the strongest, the most resilient of the bushes and with the most stunning flowers and sweetest fragrance.” ~Karenhcm Colorado

“It was roses, roses, all the way,
With myrtle mixed in my path like mad.
Still more labyrinthine buds the rose.”
~Robert Browning

“Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense.” ~Mark Overby.

“Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.” ~Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone and more fragile than a rose.” ~Turkish Proverb

“Nothing like walking thru a rose garden on a warm day .. hearing the bees humming and inhaling the perfume.” ~Rosemary Jean (from FB October 2013)

“Often the prickly thorn produces tender roses.” ~Ovid

“One rose says more than the dozen.” ~Wendy Craig

“Patience is not sitting and waiting, it is foreseeing. It is looking at the thorn and seeing the rose, looking at the night and seeing the day. Lovers are patient and know that the moon needs time to become full.” ~Rumi

“Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses.” ~George Herbert (1984)

“Take time to smell the roses.” ~Ferdinand the Bull (Gardening Cliches)

“That which God said to the rose and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty; he said to my heart and made it a hundred times more beautiful.” ~Rumi

“The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.” ~George William Curtis

“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.” ~Khalil Gibran

“The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it.” ~Chinese Proverb

“The rose imparts its fragrance, not in many ways but only one. Those who have not the sense of smell will miss it. ” ~Mahatma Gandhi

“The splendour of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.” ~Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)

“The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

“The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends.” ~Persian Proverb

“Truths and roses have thorns about them.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“What was said to the rose that made it open was said to me here in my chest.” ~Rumi

“What was whispered to the rose to break it open last night was whispered to my heart.” ~Rumi

“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.” ~Ziggy

“You’re a rose that grows in my heart to love.” ~MPW


“And the rose like a nymph to the bath addrest,
Which unveiled the depth of her glowing breast,
Till, fold after fold, to the fainting air,
The soul of her beauty and love lay bare.”
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Don’t strew me with roses after I’m dead.
When Death claims the light of my brow
No flowers of life will cheer me: instead
You may give me my roses now!”
~Thomas F. Healey

“In the centre of the rose,
A diamond burns
forever larger than all the worlds
more brilliant than any sun.
In the divine heart of the beloved
infinite passion arises
in infinite peace ”

“It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes,
And pleasant scents the noses.”
~Nataniel Parker Willis

Thou art the sweetest flower that ever drank the amber shower:
Even the Gods, who walk the sky, are amourous of thy scented sigh.”
~Thomas Moore

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