Flower quotes

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60+ beautiful flower (and nature) quotes

A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms. ∼ Zen Shin

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. ∼ Gerard De Nerval

Life is the flower for which love is the honey. ∼ Victor Hugo

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

Flowers are the music of the ground. From earth’s lips spoken without sound. ∼ Edwin Curran

Happiness held is the seed, happiness shared is the flower. ∼ John Harrigan

Like wildflowers, you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would. ∼ E. V. Rieu

A flower blossoms for its own joy. ∼ Oscar Wilde

With freedom, flowers, books, and the moon, who could not be perfectly happy? ∼ Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

The earth laughs in flowers. ∼ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every flower blooms in its own time. ∼ Ken Petti

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ∼ Albert Camus

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. ∼ Audrey Hepburn

Flowers are like friends; they bring color to your world. ∼ Unknown

Learn from roses; even when trampled they give off perfume, not despair. ∼ Matshona Dhliwayo

Open the bloom of your heart and become a gift of beauty to the world. ∼ Bryant McGill

One who plants a garden plants happiness. ∼ Alfred Austin

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
∼ William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

Wild roses are fairest, and nature a better gardener than art. ~ Louisa May Alcott, A Long Fatal Love Chase

Even the tiniest of flowers can have the toughest roots. ∼ Shannon Mullen

Every flower must grow through dirt. ∼ Laurie Jean Sennott

Publishing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. ∼ Don Marquis

If I do live again I would like to be as a flower no soul but perfectly beautiful. Perhaps for my sins I shall be made a red geranium! ∼ Oscar Wilde

For millions of years flowers have been producing thorns. For millions of years sheep have been eating them all the same. And it’s not serious, trying to understand why flowers go to such trouble to produce thorns that are good for nothing? It’s not important, the war between the sheep and the flowers? It’s no more serious and more important than the numbers that fat red gentleman is adding up? Suppose I happen to know a unique flower, one that exists nowhere in the world except on my planet, one that a little sheep can wipe out in a single bite one morning, just like that, without even realizing what he’d doing – that isn’t important? If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that’s enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars. He tells himself ‘My flower’s up there somewhere…’ But if the sheep eats the flower, then for him it’s as if, suddenly, all the stars went out. And that isn’t important? ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

A flower blooming in the desert proves to the world that adversity, no matter how great, can be overcome. ∼ Matshona Dhliwayo

If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden. ∼ Claudia Adrienne Grandi

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower“. ∼ Hans Christian Andersen, The Complete Fairy Tales

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind. ∼ Luther Burbank

The true gardener, like an artist, is never satisfied. ∼ H. E. Bates

Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it. John Muir

Even trees in spring write poems. And fools think they are flowers. ∼ Donato Di Poce

A flower does not use words to announce its arrival to the world; it justs blooms. ∼ Matshona Dhliwayo

Don’t let the tall weeds cast a shadow on the beautiful flowers in your garden. ∼ Steve Maraboli

Act of giving something to others is an art of flowering your heart. ∼ Vinayak

Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful. ∼ Jim Carrey

If you tend to a flower, it will bloom, no matter how many weeds surround it. ∼ Matshona Dhliwayo

‘Odd’, said Miss Pettigrew conversationally, ‘the undermining effect of flowers on a woman’s common sense’. ∼ Winifred Watson, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

We can learn so much from nature by simply observing how it works through a flower. The flower knows it is part of nature’ we have forgotten that. ∼ Thomas Sterner

When we see the Beloved in each person, it’s like walking through a garden, watching flowers bloom all around us. ∼ Ram Dass

No flower wants to be at home when it is raining outside! ∼ Mehmet Murat ildan

A rose in a desert can only survive on its strength, not its beauty. ∼ Matshona Dhliwayo

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love. ∼ Max Muller

The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering. … The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. … Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one. ∼ Goldie Hawn

Not every flower belongs in every garden. ∼ Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House

A garden should be in a constant state of fluid change, expansion, experiment, adventure; above all it should be an inquisitive, loving, but self-critical journey on the part of its owner. ∼ H. E. Bates

Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul. ∼ Luther Burbank

Full many a gem of purest ray serene,
The dark unfathom’d caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
∼ Thomas Gray, An Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard

The lilac branches are bowed under the weight of the flowers: blooming is hard, and the most important thing is – to bloom. ∼ Yevgeny Zamyatin, A Story About The Most Important Thing

The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love. ∼ John Muir

If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment. ∼ Georgia O’Keefe

If a little flower could speak, it seems to me that it would tell us quite simply all that God has done for it, without hiding any of its gifts. It would not, under the pretext of humility, say that it was not pretty, or that it had not a sweet scent, that the sun had withered its petals,or the storm bruised its stem, if it knew that such were not the case. ∼ St. Thérèse de Lisieux, Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

Use plants to bring life. ∼ Doug Wilson

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again”. ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Love is like dried flowers sometimes. Even though you watch the petals shrink and change colour, you cannot help treasuring them. ∼ Munia Khan

Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete. ∼ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The butterfly is a flying flower, the flower a tethered butterfly. ∼ Ponce Denis Écouchard Le Brun

If you know how to make people happy with a single look, then you are a rose! If you know how to hurt people with a single touch, then you’re a thorn! ∼ Mehmet Murat ildan

We were all born to be peaceful citizens of the world. Take care of your global garden and do not allow evil gardeners to try and convince you which flowers are ugly and which should be destroyed. This is God’s universe and he is the master gardener of all. If you see ugliness in his creations, then you see ugliness in our Creator. Wake up. If we eliminate all colors in his garden, then what would be a rainbow with only one color? And what would be a garden with only one kind of flower? Why would the Creator create a vast assortment of plants, ethnicities, and animals, if only one beast or seed is to dominate all of existence? ∼ Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Be like a rose; no matter how many thorns you encounter in life, bloom. ∼ Matshona Dhliwayo

Always be friendly, always be kind,
Like the most beautiful flower that you can find.
∼ Debasish Mridha

He said that we belonged together because he was born with a flower and I was born with a butterfly and that flowers and butterflies need each other for survival. ∼ Gemma Malley, The Declaration

Life is very tough and fragile at the same time, it never backs down or surrenders, but will break open to reveal its beauty and ugliness. As a evening primrose that blooms in the flooding moonlight, just before being trampled upon underfoot by the four-legged frost of the night. ∼ Anthony Liccione

Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”… “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine… ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awoke – Aye! and what then? ∼ Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Anima Poetae from the Unpublished Note-Books of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

There is a flower that grows on Mars. It is red and harsh and fit for our soil. It is called haemanthus. It means “blood blossom.” ∼ Pierce Brown, Red Rising

The flower replied: you fool! Do you imagine I blossom in order to be seen? I blossom for my own sake because it pleases me, not for the sake of others. My joy consists in my being and my blossoming. ∼ Irvin Yalom

I like the posture, but not the yoga.
I like the inebriated morning, but not the opium.
I like the flower but not the garden, the moment but not the dream.
Quiet, my love. Be still. I am sleeping.
∼ Roman Payne

To me, flowers are happiness. ∼ Stefano Gabbana

The cactus thrives in the desert while the fern thrives in the wetland.
The fool will try to plant them in the same flowerbox.
The florist will sigh and add a wall divider and proper soil to both sides.
The grandparent will move the flowerbox halfway out of the sun.
The child will turn it around properly so that the fern is in the shade, and not the cactus.
The moral of the story?
Kids are smart.
∼ Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities in the world. ∼ Ralph Waldo Emerson

If all we had were roses, would the thorns then be beautiful? ∼ Kamand Kojouri

Yoga is the space where flower blossoms. ∼ Amit Ray, Yoga The Science of Well-Being

Whatever your passion is, keep doing it. Don’t waste time chasing after success or comparing yourself to others. Every flower blooms at a different pace. Excel at doing what your passion is and only focus on perfecting it. Eventually people will see what you are great at doing, and if you are truly great, success will come chasing after you. ∼ Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

She was an exotic flower amongst the snowdrifts, out of place, a Technicolor misfit in a monochrome Christmas movie. Thomm Quackenbush, We Shadows

I’d keep your beauty timeless.
like a flower pressed in a book, yes
I wouldn’t let it fade
Folded in the chapters of my mind.
Richard L. Ratliff

We need the tonic of wildness… At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature. ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

I faced the gaudy sunflower on her canvas bag – it looked hand-painted and at last my eyes fell into hers. I said, ‘Thanks for the card.’ Her smile put the sunflower to shame. She walked off. Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving the lines of the mountains with glaciers, or gathering matter into stars, or planning the movements of water, or gardening – still all is Beauty! ~ John Muir

Treat your relationship
As if you are growing
The most beautiful sacred flower.
Keep watering it,
Tend to the roots,
And always make sure
The petals are full of color
And are never curling.
Once you neglect your plant,
It will die,
As will your relationship.
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Whenever I touch a flower, I touch the sun and yet I don’t get burned. When I touch the flower, I touch a cloud without flying to the sky. When I touch the flower, I touch my consciousness, your consciousness, and the great planet Earth at the same time. Thich Nhat Hanh, Cultivating the Mind of Love

The gentle rose offers a powerful joy known only to the heart. ∼ Andrew Pacholyk

Raindrops blossom brilliantly in the rainbow, and change to flowers in the sod, but snow comes in full flower direct from the dark, frozen sky. John Muir, The Mountains of California

Everyone was a rose but even more complex than a mere flower. Everyone was made up of infinitely layered petals. And everyone had something indescribably precious at the heart of their being. No one was shallow. Not really. Mary Balogh, A Secret Affair

Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar. ~ Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing

The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives. ∼ Gertrude Jekyll

Has a way of wilting
Or blossoming
At the strangest,
Most unpredictable hour.
This is how love is,
An uncontrollable beast
In the form of a flower.
The sun does not always shine on it.
Nor does the rain always pour on it
Nor should it always get beaten by a storm.
Love does not always emit the sweetest scents,
And sometimes it can sting with its thorns.
Water it.
Give it plenty of sunlight.
Nurture it,
And the flower of love will
Outlive you.
Neglect it or keep dissecting it,
And its petals will quickly curl up and die.
This is how love is,
Perfection is a delusional vision.
So love the person who loves you
And abandon the one
Who only loves you
Under favorable
∼ Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. ∼ Thomas Jefferson

Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom. ∼ Matshona Dhliwayo

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. ~ John Lubbock, The Use of Life

A rose does not lose its beauty because it is covered with thorns. ∼ Matshona Dhliwayo

“She said that she would dance with me if I brought her red roses,” cried the young Student; “but in all my garden there is no red rose.”

From her nest in the holm-oak tree the Nightingale heard him, and she looked out through the leaves, and wondered.

“No red rose in all my garden!” he cried, and his beautiful eyes filled with tears. “Ah, on what little things does happiness depend! I have read all that the wise men have written, and all the secrets of philosophy are mine, yet for want of a red rose is my life made wretched.”

“Here at last is a true lover,” said the Nightingale. “Night after night have I sung of him, though I knew him not: night after night have I told his story to the stars, and now I see him. His hair is dark as the hyacinth-blossom, and his lips are red as the rose of his desire; but passion has made his face like pale ivory, and sorrow has set her seal upon his brow.”

“The Prince gives a ball to-morrow night,” murmured the young Student, “and my love will be of the company. If I bring her a red rose she will dance with me till dawn. If I bring her a red rose, I shall hold her in my arms, and she will lean her head upon my shoulder, and her hand will be clasped in mine. But there is no red rose in my garden, so I shall sit lonely, and she will pass me by. She will have no heed of me, and my heart will break.”

“Here indeed is the true lover,” said the Nightingale. “What I sing of, he suffers – what is joy to me, to him is pain. Surely Love is a wonderful thing. It is more precious than emeralds, and dearer than fine opals. Pearls and pomegranates cannot buy it, nor is it set forth in the marketplace. It may not be purchased of the merchants, nor can it be weighed out in the balance for gold.”

∼ Oscar Wilde, The Nightingale and the Rose (The Happy Prince and Other Tales)

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