Quotes for
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Flowers




More than anything, I must
have flowers, always, always.

Claude Monet

gardening

Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals.  Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.       -Henry Ward Beecher

   

When we look into the heart of a flower, we see cloud, sunshine, minerals, time, the earth, and everything else in the cosmos in it.  Without clouds, there could be no rain, and there would be no flower.  Without time, the flower could not bloom.  In fact, the flower is made entirely of non-flower elements; it has no independent, individual existence.  It "inter-is" with everything else in the universe.     -Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ

   
The flowers are nature's jewels, with whose wealth she decks her summer beauty.       -George Croly
   

If one finds oneself with bread in both hands, that person should exchange one loaf for some flowers of the narcissus, because the loaf feeds the body, but the flowers feed the soul.      -Mohammed

   

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; And yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.        -Jesus of Nazareth

    

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.       -Iris Murdoch

   
In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.        -Kozuko Okakura

  
As I hold the flower in my hand and think of trying to describe it, I realize how poor a creature I am, how impotent are words in the presence of such perfection.        -Celia Thaxter

    
There is not the least flower but seems to hold up its head, and to look pleasantly, in the secret sense of the goodness of its Heavenly Maker.       -Robert South
    

What a desolate place would be a world without flowers.  It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome.  Are not flowers the stars of the earth?  And are not our stars the flowers of heaven?       -Clara Balfour

    
Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, its joy, and fears,
To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.

-William Wordsworth

    
Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.       -The Koran
    

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.       -Henry Ward Beecher

    
To analyze the charms of flowers is like dissecting music; it is one of those things which it is far better to enjoy than to attempt to understand.        -Henry T. Tuckerman
   
   

Flowers and fruits are always fit presents,--flowers, because they are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.      -Ralph Waldo Emerson

   
I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

-Edna St. Vincent Millay

    

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.        -Emma Goldman

    
And 'tis my faith that every flower
enjoys the air it breathes.

-William Wordsworth

    

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.       -Walt Whitman

   

    

For the Infinite has sowed his name in the heavens in burning stars, but on the earth he has sowed his name in tender flowers.        -Jean Paul Richter

    

Earth laughs in flowers.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson
   
If you would attain to your highest, go look upon a flower; what the flower does willessly, that do willingly.        -Johann von Schiller

The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days.        -Robert Leighton

    

The amen of Nature is always a flower.       -Oliver Wendell Holmes

   

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Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.     -Luther Burbank
  
To analyze the charms of flowers is like dissecting music; it is one of those things which it is far better to enjoy than to attempt to understand.     -Henry T. Tuckerman
    

     

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