Ivy quotes

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People and ivy

But, like ivy, we grow where there is room for us. (Miranda July)

Man is the circled oak; woman the ivy. (Aaron Hill)

Ivy and a tender mind attach themselves and green and bloom. If it can find neither trunk nor wall, it must wither, it must disappear. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

A man becomes great, and suddenly many people become ivy, because he has become an oak. (Antoine de Rivarol)

Some careerists are like ivy. Creeping, they grow beyond themselves. (Ralph Boller)

But just as no ivy wraps itself around a pillar of ice, no child’s soul clings to an ice-cold, love-empty heart. (Lorenz Kellner)

Yet once more, O ye laurels, and once more Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sere, I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude, And with forced fingers rude Shatter your leaves before the mellowing year. (John Milton)

The ivy of your arms to this world binds me
I cannot die He who dies forgets. (Louis Aragon)

Love and ivy

Love has this: it attaches itself and binds itself to everything it finds like ivy. (Jacques Amyot)

Fidelity of ivy, embraces of young vines, cooing of turtledoves, this goes without saying, and these are the first and simplest conditions. (Théophile Gautier)

The rugged trees are mingling Their flowery sprays in love; The ivy climbs the laurel To clasp the boughs above. (William C. Bryant)

Since experiencing love, ivy can’t help but climb balconies. (Sylvain Tesson)

So doth the woodbine the sweet honeysuckle
Gently entwist; the female ivy so
Enrings the barky fingers of the elm.
O, how I love thee! How I dote on thee! (William Shakespeare)

My love to thy love
Tenderly grows.
Rend not the oak and the ivy in twain,
Nor the swart maid from her swarthier swain. (Paul Laurence Dunbar)

Nature and ivy

All was so white and still! Only the brave ivy, glossy and green and fresh on the old walls and amid this frozen nature, spoke of life and hope. All else told of sadness, and of peace it may be, but of the peace that follows renunciation. (Blanche Willis Howard)

Apple and the juicy pear follow the lily and the rose, and are followed in their turn, by the aster and the ivy–bloom. (Leo H. Grindon)

The road descending the mountain was decked out in color, banked along its border with the poison ivy and the Virginia creeper, now a mass of scarlet. Above the beech and hickory leaves were yellow, the clay of the road below was yellow, and the soft sunlight entered and fused the edges of these colors. The forest for this hour took on the ripe expectancy of springtime. (Melville Davisson Post)

Blue-eyed ivy, “garden-spruce,” and mint ran riot over the sunken graves… The varying fashions of tombstones for three generations were to be found there, from the flat, oblong, red sandstone slabs of old settlers, down through the days of weeping willows and clasped hands, to the latest monstrosities of tall “monuments” and draped urns. (Lucy Maud Montgomery)

Farewell to every white cascade from the Harbour to Belleek
And every pool where fins may rest, and ivy-shaded creek;
The sloping fields, the lofty rocks, where ash and holly grow,
The one split yew-tree gazing on the curving flood below; (William Allingham)

Quotes about nature

Wall and ivy

Idyll: ivy friendship for the old wall. (Anna Godillon Barratin)

The old ivy supports the wall, which had supported it for a long time. (Andre Gide)

Ivy prides itself on dying where it attaches. Yes, but this holdfast of the plant kingdom forgets to tell us that throughout its life it disintegrates the wall that supports it. (Paul Masson)

The old castle was gray with age; the ivy, ever green upon its towers, hanging in graceful festoons from the battlements. (Charles Carleton Coffin)

Mossy walls adjoined the tower; here and there there was ivy; twisted trees hung from gray loopholes and collapsed vaults. (Ivan Turgenev)

Wildflowers and ivy

There were not many flowers, only wild asters on the hillside, and meadow saffron in the valleys, and under the beeches, ferns and ivy. (Parker Fillmore)

One small house, the oldest in the village, was several hundred years old; and out of all the crevices between the stones hung harebells and other wild flowers; one side of it and much of the roof were covered with ivy. (Eliza Lee Follen)

I am not a lover of lawns. Rather would I see daisies in their thousands, ground ivy, hawkweed, and even the hated plantain with tall stems, and dandelions with splendid flowers and fairy down, than the too – well-tended lawn. (William Henry Hudson)

In my early spring rambles I found that blue flowers were more abundant than all of other colours put together; but this was in the rough places and lanes and by the stone and furze hedges. Here in places almost all the flowers appeared to be blue, from the tall blue columbine to the small ground ivy and the tiniest veronica. (W.H. Hudson)

Quotes about wildflowers

Christmas and ivy

The holly green, the ivy green The prettiest picture you’ve ever seen Is Christmas in Killarney With all of the folks at home. (John Redmond)

During the next two weeks we were busy preparing for Christmas, ranging the woods for the reddest holly, and pulling the gleaming ivy-bunches from the trees. (D.H. Lawrence)

I think that the essence of a Christmas wreath – of all Christmas vegetative decoration – has to be green and, if possible, living. So the basis of a wreath is ideally holly, laurel, ivy, rosemary, larch, fir or whatever is to hand. (Monty Don)

It is worth recording that in many parishes of Worcestershire and Herefordshire the holly and ivy that have adorned churches at Christmas-time are much esteemed and cherished. If a small branch of holly, with the berries upon it, is taken home and hung up in the house, it is considered sure to bring a lucky year. (James Grant)

Destruction and ivy

For ivy climbs the crumbling hall To decorate decay. (Philip James Bailey)

Romance and poetry, ivy, lichens and wallflowers need ruin to make them grow. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

The flat moor, pink and gray and monotonous – Where the mansions crumble under ivy and yews. (Jose Maria de Heredia)

For ’tis green, green, green, where the ruined towers are gray, And it’s green, green, green, all the happy night and day; Green of leaf and green of sod, green of ivy on the wall, And the blessed Irish shamrock with the fairest green of all. (Mary Elizabeth McGrath Blake)

Friends and ivy

True friends, like ivy and the wall Both stand together, and together fall. (Thomas Carlyle)

False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports. (Richard Burton)

With him, friendship grew slowly, like ivy. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

His friends were those of his own blood or those whom he had known the longest; his affections, like ivy, were the growth of time, they implied no aptness in the object. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Jolly and ivy

Christmas Pie Lo! now is come our joyfull’st feast! Let every man be jolly; Each room with ivy leaves is dressed, And every post with holly. (George Wither)

The holly with its red berries, and the “fond ivy,” still stick about our houses to maintain the recollection of the seasonable festivities. Let us hope that we may congratulate each other on having, while we kept them, kept ourselves within compass. Merriment without discretion is an abuse for which nature is sure to punish us. (William Hone)

We send to you; but here a jolly
Verse crown’d with ivy and with holly;
That tells of winter’s tales and mirth
That milk-maids make about the hearth; (Robert Herrick)

Gardening and ivy

Lucile had known other sorrows, watched her gardens hung on the windows blossom: geraniums, white ivy, petunias, impatiens, hanging verbena, aubelias, gerberas, conifers… (Delphine de Vigan)

Some ivy, planted by Miss Moore, on the eastern side of the church promises in time to embosom it in green. A parterre of flowers in the rear, has already helped to furnish the pulpit every Sunday with a bouquet… (Lyman Abbott)

The ivys are the most graceful of all the vines, and with them the most artistic effects in decoration may be produced. I have always wondered why they are not more frequently used, for they are in many respects ideal as house plants; they produce more growth to a given size pot than any other plants, they thrive in the shade, they withstand the uncongenial conditions usually found in the house, and are among the hardiest of plants suitable for house culture. (F.F. Rockwell)

Quotes about gardening

Ivy features

The ivy draws its net around gaps and crevices, around those witnesses of transience, as if it wanted to lovingly hold together what is left of a time long gone. (E. Marlitt)

Oh, a dainty plant is the ivy green, That creepeth o’er ruins old! Of right choice food are his meals, I ween, In his cell so lone and cold. Creeping where no life is seen, A rare old plant is the ivy green. (Charles Dickens)

But ivy, creeping year by year,
Of growth enormous, triumphs here.
Each dark festoon with pride upheaves
Its glossy wilderness of leaves. (Robert Bloomfield)

Women and ivy

My infinite love for you wraps around your heart like ivy around the bars of the fence and always forms shoots without taking up the air to breathe. (Margit Strott-Heinrich)

You, like a beautiful star, will illuminate the sunset of his life; you, like green ivy, will grow around his old age, you, and not this nettle, this vile woman who bewitched him and greedily sucks his juices! (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

A good wife is like the ivy which beautifies the building to which it clings, twining its tendrils more lovingly as time converts the ancient edifice into a ruin. (Samuel Johnson)

Old age and ivy

The ivy of old age Begins at the feet that hurt. (Charles de Leusse)

The rotten trunk of age turns green once again, surrounded by the ivy of memory. (Peter Sirius)

Love among old people has strange roots,
And finds, like an ivy in the cracks of ruins,
In these hearts ravaged by time and evil,
A hundred breaches in which to grow its tenacious branches. (Emile Augier)

Meanings and ivy

That’s what the myrtle means. Myrtle for marriage, ivy for faithfulness, ferns for sincerity, and rosemary for remembrance. (Jude Knight)

Now the pansy, peace, And now the lily, faith — or now a spray Of the climbing ivy, hope. (Cale Young Rice)

Oh roses for the flush of youth, And laurel for the perfect prime; But pluck an ivy branch for me Grown old before my time. (Christina Rossetti)

Oak and ivy

The graceful ivy, clasping the oak that supported it, would form a whole in which strength and beauty would be equally conspicuous. (Mary Wollstonecraft)

The arms of ivy support the trees to die. Hypocritical beauty of the gesture. (Chantal Dupuy-Dunier)

Even lovingly attached to the oak, the ivy does not always devote itself to the tree. (Laurent Laplante)

Attitude to ivy

He loved the extensive vaults where you could hear the night birds and the sea breeze; he loved the craggy ruins bound together by ivy, those dark halls, and any appearance of death and destruction. Having fallen so far from so high a position, he loved anything that had also fallen from a great height. (Gustave Flaubert)

Ah—there’s my choice,—that ivy on the wall,
That headlong ivy! not a leaf will grow
But thinking of a wreath. Large leaves, smooth leaves,
Serrated like my vines, and half as green. (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

Wreath and ivy

Oh, talk not to me of a name great in story; The days of our youth are the days of our glory; And the myrtle and ivy of sweet two-and-twenty Are worth all your laurels, though ever so plenty. (Lord Byron)

In doing this job of cupbearer, Bilot affected a religious gravity; one would have said a priest of Bacchus officiating and celebrating the mysteries of the holy bottle; all it needed was to be crowned with ivy or vine. (Théophile Gautier)

Poison ivy

Don’t be fooled by the few red or brown leaves you find on poison ivy in the fall – the plant is not dying; it’s just cheating with different pigments. (Hope Jahren)

I knew a man once that had to have his hand amputated on account of getting poisoned by something that scratched him—nightshade, ivy, or poison-oak. I’m afraid your feet are beginning to mortify. (John McElroy)

Loneliness and ivy

We certainly don’t need company every day, but loneliness is something that grows inside you, can surround you and suffocate you like ivy. (Agatha Christie)

That soul, that clings to sympathy,
As ivy clasps the forest tree,
How can it stand alone? (Anne Brontë)

Youth and ivy

A young man, be his merit what it will, can never raise himself; but must, like the ivy round the oak, twine himself round some man of great power and interest. (Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield)

I hate to see prudence clinging to the green suckers of youth; ’tis like ivy round a sapling, and spoils the growth of the tree. (Richard Brinsley Sheridan)

Parasite and ivy

When the ivy has found its tower, when the delicate creeper has found its strong wall, we know how the parasite plants grow and prosper. (Anthony Trollope)

Ivy parasites – the word is embarrassing. Doesn’t everything live from everything and don’t people just parasitize on earth? (Carl Ludwig Schleich)

Land and ivy

Harpalus succeeded in building (making) all the other plants of Greece grow there, except only ivy, which the earth never wanted to endure. (Jacques Amyot)

Everywhere the devil spits, poison ivy grows. (Alan Chadwick)

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