Monday, May 02, 2005

Flower Quotes

  Have this deceased squirrel."  ~The Washington Post Flowers really do intoxicate me.  ~Vita Sackville-West There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation's braggart lords.  ~John Muir, A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf, 1916 With daffodils mad footnotes for the spring, And asters purple asterisks for autumn - ~Conrad Aiken, Preludes for Memnon, 1930 The poet's darling.  ~William Wordsworth, "To the Daisy" Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.  ~The Koran If dandelions were hard to grow, they would be most welcome on any lawn.  ~Andrew Mason I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. ~William Wordsworth, "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," 1804 I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.  ~Claude Monet The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.  ~Gertrude S. Wister Can we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?  ~Maurice Maeterlinck Being perfect artists and ingenuous poets, the Chinese have piously preserved the love and holy cult of flowers; one of the very rare and most ancient traditions which has survived their decadence.  And since flowers had to be distinguished from each other, they have attributed graceful analogies to them, dreamy images, pure and passionate names which perpetuate and harmonize in our minds the sensations of gentle charm and violent intoxication with which they inspire us.  So it is that certain peonies, their favorite flower, are saluted by the Chinese, according to their form or color, by these delicious names, each an entire poem and an entire novel:  The Young Girl Who Offers Her Breasts, or: The Water That Sleeps Beneath the Moon, or: The Sunlight in the Forest, or: The First Desire of the Reclining Virgin, or: My Gown Is No Longer All White Because in Tearing It the Son of Heaven Left a Little Rosy Stain; or, even better, this one: I Possessed My Lover in the Garden.  ~Octave Mirbeau, Torture Garden, "The Garden," Chapter 5 A profusion of pink roses bending ragged in the rain speaks to me of all gentleness and its enduring.  ~The Collected Later Poems of William Carlos Williams Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words.  They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.  ~Lydia M. Child You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.  ~Hal Borland, Sundial of the Seasons, 1964 God loved the flowers and invented soil.  Man loved the flowers and invented vases.  ~Variation of a saying by Jacques Deval (God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.) Related Quotations: Gardens Page Information: www.quotegarden.net/flowers.html document.write(LastUpdate())                              

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