Quotes about flowers

A collection of quotes on the topic of flowers, flower, likeness, love.

Best quotes about flowers

Vincent Van Gogh photo
Claude Monet photo

„I must have flowers, always, and always.“

—  Claude Monet French impressionist painter 1840 - 1926

Variant: I must have flowers, always and always.

John Lennon photo

„Love is the flower you've got to let grow.“

—  John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980

Ralph Waldo Emerson photo

„The earth laughs in flowers.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

Thich Nhat Hanh photo
Oscar Wilde photo
Victor Hugo photo

„Life is the flower for which love is the honey.“

—  Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885

Albert Camus photo

„Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower.“

—  Albert Camus French author and journalist 1913 - 1960

As quoted in Visions from Earth (2004) by James R. Miller, p. 126

Samuel Taylor Coleridge photo

„Love is flower like; Friendship is like a sheltering tree.“

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge English poet, literary critic and philosopher 1772 - 1834

Khalil Gibran photo

„Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun.“

—  Khalil Gibran Lebanese artist, poet, and writer 1883 - 1931

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The Notorious B.I.G. photo

„There's gonna' be a lotta slow singin' and flower bringin' if my burglar alarm starts ringin.“

—  The Notorious B.I.G. American rapper 1972 - 1997

Song lyrics, Ready to Die (1994), "Warning"

Alexis Karpouzos photo
Ram Dass photo

„When we see the Beloved in each person, it's like walking through a garden, watching flowers bloom all around us.“

—  Ram Dass American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of the 1971 book Be Here Now 1931 - 2019

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow photo
Frida Kahlo photo
Samuel Taylor Coleridge photo
Waris Dirie photo
Padre Pio photo
Claude Monet photo

„I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.“

—  Claude Monet French impressionist painter 1840 - 1926

Suman Pokhrel photo

„I would regard meanings given by others so far as refreshing boon,
I would still be enamored of rose or any heartless flower's smell
if tender tides of your affection had not suffused
the pollen of my heart with loving aroma.“

—  Suman Pokhrel Nepali poet, lyricist, playwright, translator and artist 1967

<span class="plainlinks"> You are, as You are https://allpoetry.com/poem/11313676-You-are--as-You-are--by-Suman-Pokhrel/</span>
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Henri-Frédéric Amiel photo

„Each bud flowers but once and each flower has but its minute of perfect beauty; so, in the garden of the soul each feeling has, as it were, its flowering instant, its one and only moment of expansive grace and radiant kingship.“

—  Henri-Frédéric Amiel Swiss philosopher and poet 1821 - 1881

30 December 1850
Journal Intime (1882), Journal entries
Context: Each bud flowers but once and each flower has but its minute of perfect beauty; so, in the garden of the soul each feeling has, as it were, its flowering instant, its one and only moment of expansive grace and radiant kingship. Each star passes but once in the night through the meridian over our heads and shines there but an instant; so, in the heaven of the mind each thought touches its zenith but once, and in that moment all its brilliancy and all its greatness culminate. Artist, poet, or thinker, if you want to fix and immortalize your ideas or your feelings, seize them at this precise and fleeting moment, for it is their highest point. Before it, you have but vague outlines or dim presentiments of them. After it you will have only weakened reminiscence or powerless regret; that moment is the moment of your ideal.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson photo
Alexis Karpouzos photo
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Tamora Pierce photo
Georgia O'Keeffe photo

„Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven't time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.“

—  Georgia O'Keeffe American artist 1887 - 1986

O'Keeffe's contribution (1939) to the exhibition catalogue of the show An American place (1944)
1930 - 1950
Source: Georgia O'Keeffe
Context: A flower is relatively small. Everyone has many associations with a flower - the idea of flowers. You put out your hand to touch the flower — lean forward to smell it — maybe touch it with your lips almost without thinking — or give it to someone to please them. Still — in a way — nobody sees a flower — really — it is so small — we haven't time — and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time... So I said to myself — I'll paint what I see — what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it — I will make even busy New-Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers... Well — I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flower, you hung all your own associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see of the flower — and I don't.

W.B. Yeats photo
Mark Nepo photo
Robert Jordan photo
Edvard Munch photo

„From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.“

—  Edvard Munch Norwegian painter and printmaker 1863 - 1944

Quote in Sustainable Landscape Construction: A Guide to Green Building Outdoors (2007) by William Thompson and Kim Sorvig, p. 30
after 1930

Thomas Wolfe photo
Beatrix Potter photo
Gary Snyder photo
Paulo Coelho photo

„The flower has no weekday self, dressed as it always is in Sunday clothes.“

—  Malcolm de Chazal Mauritian artist 1902 - 1981


Arvo Pärt photo

„A need to concentrate on each sound, so that every blade of grass would be as important as a flower.“

—  Arvo Pärt Estonian composer 1935

Arvo Pärt: 24 Preludes for a Fugue http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0358947/ (DVD, 2002)

Edvard Munch photo

„Slowly the joy of flower and bird
Did like a tide withdraw;
And in the heaven a silent star
Smiled on me, infinitely far.“

—  Francis William Bourdillon British poet 1852 - 1921

" The Chantry Of The Cherubim http://www.bartleby.com/236/219.html" in The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse (1917) by D. H. S. Nicholson.
Context: p>I walk as one unclothed of flesh,
I wash my spirit clean;
I see old miracles afresh,
And wonders yet unseen.
I will not leave Thee till Thou give
Some word whereby my soul may live!I listened — but no voice I heard;
I looked — no likeness saw;
Slowly the joy of flower and bird
Did like a tide withdraw;
And in the heaven a silent star
Smiled on me, infinitely far.</p

Джефф Фостер photo
Sara Teasdale photo
Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
Julio Cortázar photo
Robert Frost photo
Louisa May Alcott photo
Paulo Coelho photo
Sadhguru photo
Nick Cave photo
Terry Pratchett photo
Wassily Kandinsky photo
William Blake photo

„The moon like a flower
In heaven's high bower,
With silent delight,
Sits and smiles on the night.“

—  William Blake, Night

Night, st. 1
1780s, Songs of Innocence (1789–1790)

David Lynch photo
Tove Jansson photo

„Most of the people are homesick anyway, and a little lonely, and they hide themselves in their hair and are turned into flowers.“

—  Tove Jansson Finnish children's writer and illustrator 1914 - 2001

Source: Sculptor's Daughter

Gérard de Nerval photo
Masuji Ibuse photo
F. Scott Fitzgerald photo
Henri Matisse photo

„There are flowers everywhere for those who want to see them“

—  Henri Matisse French artist 1869 - 1954

1940s, Jazz (1947)

Sylvia Plath photo
Tim Burton photo
Paul Verlaine photo
David Lynch photo
Oscar Wilde photo

„A flower blossoms for its own joy.“

—  Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900

Sylvia Plath photo
Hiro Mashima photo
Robert Jordan photo
Guy Gavriel Kay photo
William Shakespeare photo

„Look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under it.“

—  William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Source: Macbeth

Oscar Wilde photo

„Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.“

—  Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900

Quoted by Alvin Redman in The Epigrams of Oscar Wilde http://books.google.com/books?id=qUjQAAAAMAAJ&q=%22Keep+love+in+your+heart+a+life+without+it+is+like+a+sunless+garden+when+the+flowers+are+dead+the+consciousness+of+loving+and+being+loved+brings+a+warmth+and+richness+to+life+that+nothing+else+can+bring%22&pg=PA102#v=onepage (1952)

Max Lucado photo
H.P. Lovecraft photo
George Carlin photo
John Keats photo
Victor Hugo photo

„Nature is pitiless; she never withdraws her flowers, her music, her fragrance, and her sunlight from before human cruelty or suffering.“

—  Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885

Source: Quatrevingt-Treize

Virginia Woolf photo
Francesca Lia Block photo
Nathan Bedford Forrest photo
Michael Oakeshott photo

„Poetry is a sort of truancy, a dream within the dream of life, a wild flower planted among our wheat.“

—  Michael Oakeshott British philosopher 1901 - 1990

Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays (1962)

Honoré de Balzac photo

„A young bride is like a plucked flower; but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over.“

—  Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850

Une jeune fille est comme une fleur qu'on a cueillie; mais la femme coupable est une fleur sur laquelle on a marché.
Honorine http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Honorine (1845), translated by Clara Bell

Adam Mickiewicz photo

„For mum we're fly. What mum you don't know who am I? I am Józio. And this is my sister Rózia. Now we're fly in sky! There is better than mum. See how heads in ray. Clothes with lucifer light. And on my hand as butterfly airfoil in sky we have all what we want, every day other toy, where we go here is grass, where we touch here is a flower. But we have what we want, torture us boring and trepidation. Oh mum for Your children road to heaven has been closed! On Always!“

—  Adam Mickiewicz, book Dziady

Do mamy lecim do mamy! Cóż to, mamo nie znasz Józia? Ja to Józio ja ten samy. A to moja siostra Rózia. My teraz w raju latamy, Tam nam lepiej niż u mamy. Patrz jakie główki w promieniu, Ubiór z jutrzenki światełka, A na oboim ramieniu Jak u motylków skrzydełka, w raju wszystkiego dostatek, Co dzień to inna zabawka, gdzie stąpim wypływa trawka, gdzie dotkniem rozkwita kwiatek. Lecz choć wszystkiego dostatek dręczy nad nuda i trwoga. Ach mamo dla twoich dziatek zamknięta do nieba droga!
Part two.
Dziady (Forefathers' Eve) http://www.ap.krakow.pl/nkja/literature/polpoet/mic_fore.htm

Robert Herrick photo

„Fall on me like a silent dew,
Or like those maiden showers
Which, by the peep of day, do strew
A baptism o’er the flowers.“

—  Robert Herrick, book Hesperides

"To Music, to becalm his Fever".
Hesperides (1648)

Kālidāsa photo

„One who is blind throws away even a garland of flower placed on his head, thinking it is a snake.“

—  Kālidāsa, Abhigyanashakuntalam

Abhijñānaśākuntalam (The Sign of Shakuntala)
Original: (sa) स्रजमपि शिरस्यन्धः क्षिप्तं धुनोत्यहिशंकया

Robert Frost photo

„Why make so much of fragmentary blue
In here and there a bird, or butterfly,
Or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye,
When heaven presents in sheets the solid hue.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963

" Fragmentary Blue http://www.ketzle.com/frost/fragblue.htm", st. 1 (1923)

Georgia O'Keeffe photo

„I hate flowers — I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move!“

—  Georgia O'Keeffe American artist 1887 - 1986

quote in Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe, Laurie Lisle, Viking Press, New York, 1981, p. 180

Mao Zedong photo

„Marxists should not be afraid of criticism from any quarter. Quite the contrary, they need to temper and develop themselves and win new positions in the teeth of criticism and in the storm and stress of struggle. Fighting against wrong ideas is like being vaccinated -- a man develops greater immunity from disease as a result of vaccination. Plants raised in hothouses are unlikely to be hardy. Carrying out the policy of letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend will not weaken, but strengthen, the leading position of Marxism in the ideological field.“

—  Mao Zedong Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China 1893 - 1976

On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People
Original: (zh-CN) 马克思主义者不应该害怕任何人批评。相反,马克思主义者就是要在人们的批评中间,就是要在斗争的风雨中间,锻炼自己,发展自己,扩大自己的阵地。同错误思想作斗争,好比种牛痘,经过了牛痘疫苗的作用,人身上就增强免疫力。在温室里培养出来的东西,不会有强大的生命力。实行百花齐放、百家争鸣的方针,并不会削弱马克思主义在思想界的领导地位,相反地正是会加强它的这种地位。

Brian W. Aldiss photo
Juan Antonio Villacañas photo

is a flower from other worlds, a tale
that is torn in each written word.
……………I go outdoors
to give rest
to the soul’s tired muscles.“

—  Juan Antonio Villacañas Spanish poet, essayist and critic 1922 - 2001

“Literaturaliae”, from Theme of My Biography (2000)

Nathalia Crane photo

„Across the downs a hummingbird
Came dipping through the bowers,
He pivoted on emptiness
To scrutinize the flowers.“

—  Nathalia Crane American writer 1913 - 1998

"The First Reformer"
Lava Lane and Other Poems (1925)

Amit Ray photo

„You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.“

—  Amit Ray Indian author 1960

OM Chanting and Meditation (2010) http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/OM_Chanting_and_Meditation.html?id=3KKjPoFmf4YC,

Manmohan Acharya photo
Robert Pinsky photo

„All the mysteries of consciousness flower in the body.“

—  Robert Pinsky American poet, editor, literary critic, academic. 1940

The Art of Poetry - interview 1995 with Downing & Kunitz

George Linley photo

„Tho' lost to sight, to memory dear
Thou ever wilt remain;
One only hope my heart can cheer,—
The hope to meet again.

Oh, fondly on the past I dwell,
And oft recall those hours
When, wandering down the shady dell,
We gathered the wild-flowers.

Yes, life then seemed one pure delight,
Tho' now each spot looks drear;
Yet tho' thy smile be lost to sight,
To memory thou art dear.

Oft in the tranquil hour of night,
When stars illume the sky,
I gaze upon each orb of light,
And wish that thou wert by.

I think upon that happy time,
That time so fondly loved,
When last we heard the sweet bells chime,
As thro' the fields we roved.“

—  George Linley British writer 1798 - 1865

Song, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). This song was written and composed by Linley for Mr. Augustus Braham, and sung by him. It is not known when it was written,—probably about 1830. Another song, entitled "Though lost to Sight, to Memory dear," was published in London in 1880, purporting to have been written by Ruthven Jenkyns in 1703 and published in the "Magazine for Mariners". That magazine, however, never existed, and the composer of the music acknowledged, in a private letter, that he copied the words from an American newspaper. The reputed author, Ruthven Jenkyns, was living, under another name, in California in 1882.

Sukirti Kandpal photo

„If I was in a 9-6 job, I would want to come home and see someone pleasant on television. I don't mean that someone has to be extremely gorgeous, but there has to be a pleasant personality. The moment you look at a flower you feel nice — that is exactly what beauty does to a person. With good looks, things surely become easier.“

—  Sukirti Kandpal Indian actress 1987

On the need of good looks for success in industry https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tv/news/hindi/My-boyfriend-doesnt-enjoy-watching-my-romantic-scenes-Sukirti-Kandpal/articleshow/20330247.cms/

Suman Pokhrel photo

„If they (children) smash, the flower vase assumes a smile
while turning into pieces.
For a chance to be spilled by their hands,
anything they hold gets spilled itself full of happiness.
For a chance to play with them,
water forgets about its own colourlessness.“

—  Suman Pokhrel Nepali poet, lyricist, playwright, translator and artist 1967

<span class="plainlinks"> Children http://www.occupypoetry.net/children_1/</span>
From Poetry

Nanak photo
Henry Van Dyke photo
Caspar David Friedrich photo
Suman Pokhrel photo

„Even if they (Children) try to pluck it,
the flower submits itself onto their hands.
If it happens to prick their heels,
the thorn scorns itself all its life.“

—  Suman Pokhrel Nepali poet, lyricist, playwright, translator and artist 1967

<span class="plainlinks"> Children http://www.occupypoetry.net/children_1/</span>
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Kurt Cobain photo

„And the flowers sing in D minor
And the birds fly happily.“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

Spank Thru.
Song lyrics, B-sides and compilation tracks (1989-1993)

Charles Spurgeon photo

„The vendors of flowers in the streets of London are wont to commend them to customers by crying: "All a blowing and a growing." It would be no small praise to Christians if we could say as much for them.“

—  Charles Spurgeon British preacher, author, pastor and evangelist 1834 - 1892

Source: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 294.

Algernon Charles Swinburne photo

„Deserted now the Imperial bowers
Save by some few poor lonely flowers…
One white-haired dame,
An emperor's flame,
Sits down and tells of bygone hours.“

—  Yuan Zhen

"At an Old Palace" (《行宫》), in Gems of Chinese Literature, trans. Herbert A. Giles
Variant translations:
Deserted now imperial bowers.
For whom still redden palace flowers?
Some white-haired chambermaids at leisure
Talk of the late emperor's pleasure.
"At an Old Palace", in Song of the Immortals: An Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry, trans. Yuanchong Xu (Beijing: New World Press, 1994), p. 128
The ancient Palace lies in desolation spread.
The very garden flowers in solitude grow red.
Only some withered dames with whitened hair remain,
Who sit there idly talking of mystic monarchs dead.
"The Ancient Palace", as translated by W. J. B. Fletcher in Lotus and Chrysanthemum: An Anthology of Chinese and Japanese Poetry (New York: Boni & Liveright, 1934), p. 107
Original: (zh) 寥落古行宫,宫花寂寞红。

George Chapman photo
Letitia Elizabeth Landon photo

„Leaves grow green to fall,
Flowers grow fair to fade,
Fruits grow ripe to rot —
All but for passing made.“

—  Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838

(14th October 1826) Changes
The London Literary Gazette, 1826