Quotes - Peonies

Quotes about peony by topic: People and peonies, June and peonies, Peony features, Attitude to peonies, Peony fall, Women and peonies, May and peonies, Sky and peonies.

People and peonies

A man is shaped by his experiences. It is useless to hope to see a peony grow in a desert. (Lao She)
Why would the gods be immortal? How would immortality make you divine? Is the peony less sublime because it will wither? (Amelie Nothomb)
My heart spasmed among the peonies like a trout. (E. Lockhart)
I don’t think men get enough flowers. A deeper pink or red peonies are my favorite. But I’ll take anything, really. (Waris Ahluwalia)
Where do dreams come from? … they slink out of books, they lurk in the stacks of libraries. Out of pages turned they rise like the scent of peonies and infect the brain with their promises. (Marge Piercy)

June and peonies

June is the month of flowers. Most of all I love peonies. Once, in the full light of the moon, I went to the flower bed. Inspired by heavenly light, the peonies were unbearably white in the mysteriously black mound of the flower bed. They seemed skillfully sculpted from a white-blue mass. The mass was elastic, cool, heavy. (Konstantin Sergijenko)
It always seemed to me that the herbaceous peony is the very epitome of June. Larger than any rose,
it has something of the cabbage rose’s voluminous quality; and when it finally drops from the vase, it
sheds its petticoats with a bump on the table, all in an intact heap, much as a rose will suddenly fall,
making us look up from our book or conversation, to notice for one moment the death of what had
still appeared to be a living beauty. (Vita Sackville-West)

Quotes about June

Peony features

The peony was unchaste, dishevelled as peonies must be, and at the height of its beauty. (Robertson Davies)
I equate peonies with love because they’re the first blooms of summer. (Isaac Mizrahi)
The fact that a flower as gentle and delightful as the peony should be so exacting and dictate such harsh terms hits me with the force of a cold shower. (Bodil Malmsten)

Attitude to peonies

In my mind, no other flower can compete with the perfection and the fragrance of the Peony.
The silky petals, delicate shape, romantic shades and graceful foliage make this flower my all time favorite and I’m not alone. (Chantal Larocque)
I hated roses. I hated them for being so trite, so clichéd, a default, all-purpose flower that said I love you, I’m sorry, and get well soon. Give me peonies and tulips, orchids or gardenia. Those were flowers with character. (Justina Chen)

Peony fall

Showered. But this peony
will always bloom in the heart . (Yosa Buson)
Once lively peonies now wind-weary, and ragged at the edges, hang their heavy crowns; rain on their backs, one final act, before detaching from the stem and falling down. (Kristen Henderson)

Women and peonies

Peonies are pink-haired ladies, so full and stooped you have to tie them up with string. (Michael Lee West)
I want to encourage women to embrace their own uniqueness. Because just like a rose is beautiful, so is a sunflower, so is a peony. I mean, all flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like women too. (Miranda Kerr)

May and peonies

And the wind upon its way whispered the boughs of May, And touched the nodding peony flowers to bid them waken. (Siegfried Sassoon)
Others said May was best, that sweet green time when lilacs bloomed and gardens along Main Street were filled with sugary pink peonies and Dutch tulips. (Alice Hoffman)

Quotes about May

Sky and peonies

The mine of petals opens in the light of the sky: the peony is in bloom. (F. Karamanya)
Peonies are blooming.
Filled the garden, taking
Even a piece of the sky! (Yosa Buson)

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