Quotes - Roses

Quotes about roses by topic: People and roses, Thorns and roses, Roses features, Love and roses, Marriage and roses, Attitude to roses, Flowers and roses, Smell and roses, Beauty and roses, Wine and roses, Life and roses, Children and roses, Men and roses, Memories and roses, Name and roses, Women and roses, Gardening and roses, Poetry and roses.

People and roses

A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world. (Leo Buscaglia)
Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you. (Richard Brinsley Sheridan)
It is the time you have spent on your rose that makes her so important. (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
It is by believing in roses that we make them bloom. (Anatole France)
We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today. (Dale Carnegie)
We are like roses that have never bothered to bloom when we should have bloomed and it is as if the sun has become disgusted with waiting. (Charles Bukowski)
Just like the rose holds her beauty among the thorns- we can gather our strength from the most unlikely places. (Christine Evangelou)
At middle age the soul should be opening up like a rose, not closing up like a cabbage. (John Andrew Holmes)
There are people who drop a pot of flowers on your head from a fifth floor and say: I’m giving you these roses. (Victor Hugo)
Aesthetes are like roses: singly they bring joy; in large numbers they become a nuisance. (Madeleine Sophie Arnold)

Thorns and roses

The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together. (Saadi)
Where roses – there are thorns – such is the law of fate. (Nikolay Nekrasov)
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. (Abraham Lincoln)
Instead of complaining that the rose has thorns, I welcome that the thorn is topped with roses. (Joseph Joubert)
Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses. (Alphonse Karr)
But he that dares not grasp the thorn. Should never crave the rose. (Anne Bronte)
Where the hand feels the prick of thorns, the eyes discover a bouquet of splendid roses, full of aroma. (JoseMaria Escriva de Balaguer)
Truths and roses have thorns about them. (Henry David Thoreau)
Roses shouldn’t waste their thorns on each other. (Heather Herrman)
The rose has thorns so that the goats do not tear it. (Grigori Alexandrow)

Roses features

The Rose is without an explanation; She blooms, because She blooms. (Angelus Silesius)
There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Even in a trash can, a rose remains a rose. (Jean Chalon)
If the rose puzzled its mind over the question how it grew, it would not have been the miracle that it is. (J.B. Yeats)
The rose speaks all the languages of the world. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Tell me, is the rose naked or does she only have that dress? (Pablo Neruda)
There is not so much a beautiful rose that does not become a hipster. (Catherine Bugnard)
Real roses leave their petals on pianos and carpets. They have thorns, too many leaves and the smell of summer gardens. They accompany kisses. (Clar Orteja)
The over-cultivated roses lose their fragrance, the over-civilized their soul. (Zenta Maurina)

Love and roses

Love is fragrant like a bouquet of roses. (Juana de Ibarbourou)
Love and a red rose can’t be hid. (Thomas Holcroft)
Love is like roses, it lasts for a morning! (Paul Audoly)
True love is like little roses, sweet, fragrant in small doses. (Ana Claudia Antunes)
Happy who every morning increases with his love like the rosebush with his rose! (Rina Lasnier)
Look and listen. A rose trembles in the breeze, and the nightingale sings a passionate hymn to it. (Omar Khayyam)
Why are roses red? Because love means to bleed. (Sierra Kidd))
I take with me on the sea of no return – Only a rose picked from our long love. (Henri de Régnier)
My kiss has the breath of red roses, a petal that melts in the mouth. (Sergej Esenin)
He who seeks only a rose to love, Is surely only a butterfly. (Antoine de Rivarol)

Marriage and roses

Marriage is like life – it is a field of battle, not a bed of roses. (Robert Louis Stevenson)
He who kisses the rose marries the thorn. (Jean Dypreau)
To marry for beauty is to buy an estate for the sake of a rose. Yes, the latter would be even more reasonable; because the rose season comes back every year. (August von Kotzebue)
I don’t want to be just a rose in my husband’s buttonhole. (Margaret Trudeau)
The heart of an easy-going woman is like the rose from which every lover tears a leaf. Only the thorn remains for the husband. (Madeleine Sophie Arnold)
She has always been a written beauty, but married she blossomed like a lush rose. (Nikolai Leskov)

Attitude to roses

Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem. (Edward Bulwer-Lytton)
Pick the rose before it fades! (Johann Martin Usteri)
There are moments when a rose is more important than a piece of bread. (Rainer Maria Rilke)
If you look at a rose, say hello to her. (Heinrich Heine)
I love the rose as the most perfect thing that our German nature can grant as a flower. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
I don’t want roses while there are roses, I want them when there can’t be. (Fernando Pessoa)
Rock ‘n’ Roll, no roses or gardening. (Tina Charles)

Flowers and roses

If Zeus wanted to give a queen to the flowers, the rose would reign over all. (Sappho)
One underestimates the value of some plants just because they are not a rose like thousands of others. (Roland Rinnau)
If every little flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its charm. (Therese of Liseux)
If roses were not special weeds would not envy them. (Matshona Dhliwayo)
The nettle is often very close to the rose. (Ovid)
Should I therefore trample underfoot the violet because I cannot attain the rose? (Friedrich Schiller)

Quotes about flowers

Smell and roses

If you enjoy the fragrance of a rose, you must accept the thorns which it bears. (Isaac Hayes)
Roses smell professional. (Stanisław Jerzy Lec)
Fresh roses on Sunday, and even in a kind of early, undoubtedly smell of theft. (E.M. Remarque)
The air had the rose scent of early May, and the sky was the clearest in the world. (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
What remains of all travels is the scent of a withered rose… (Cavidan Tumerkan)
Without a dog, you’d never have anyone demonstrate how important it is to stop every day and smell the roses… and then lift your leg on them. (W. Bruce Cameron)

Beauty and roses

Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all. (W. Somerset Maugham)
A rose does not answer its enemies with words, but with beauty. (Matshona Dhliwayo)
The carnation, pretty in color, and the rose all love; the honest smelling jasmine, the religious lily, which is the most beautiful? (Tirso de Molina)
The rose is fairest when it is budding new, and hope is brightest when it dawns from fears. (Walter Scott)

Wine and roses

They are not long, the days of wine and roses. (Ernest Dowson)
Days of wine and roses laugh and run away, like a child at play. (Johnny Mercer)
Graft rose plants on vine plants, it will make natural rosé wine. (Pierre Dac)
Flowers die and wine gets consumed. Both are lovely. I appreciate both. Wine and roses. I actually had someone bring me a lobe of foie gras once. (Padma Lakshmi)

Life and roses

Life is a rose of which each petal is an illusion and each thorn a reality. (Alfred de Musset)
My life is part humor, part roses, part thorns. (Bret Michaels)
What would life be without roses! A path without rhythm or blood, an abyss without night or day. They lend the soul its wings, that without them the soul would die, without stars, without faith, without the clear illusions that the soul wanted. (Federico Garcia Lorca)

Children and roses

Like a rose, a child is both fragile and solid; it amazes and astonishes! (Roland Delisle)
Children teach you to stop and smell the roses even though you’re busier than you’ve ever been before. (Ainsley Earhardt)
A man can prove to his wife that he loves her by giving her a dozen roses. Her grandson can do the same, with a handful of dandelions. (PropicoBy D. Propico)

Men and roses

If you really screw up, send roses. (Letitia Baldrige)
The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviousy a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot. (Salvador Dalí)
I love bringing roses to a woman when she least expects it. (Esai Morales)

Memories and roses

Remembrance is a discreetly scented rose that we water with tears of regret. (Claire Malesset)
God gave us memory so that we could have roses in December. (James Matthew Barry)
I have looked at the roses and I have remembered you. (Juan Ramon Jimenez)

Name and roses

What’s in a name? What we call rose, By any other name, would smell just as good. (William Shakespeare)
Imagine the wonder of man if he saw the first rose today! He would not know what extraordinary name to give him. (Jules Renard)

Women and roses

A mother is like a rose that never fades. (Jean Gastaldi)
There are only two beautiful things in the world, women and roses, and only two good bits: women and melons. (Francois de Malherbe)

Gardening and roses

I don’t know whether nice people tend to grow roses or growing roses makes people nice. (Roland A. Browne)
Roses are my favourite flower, and my mum always grew a lot of them. (Hayley Mills)

Quotes about gardening

Poetry and roses

World without poetry is like a lover without a rose. (Shiny)
A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses. (Jean Cocteau)


There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. (Henri Matisse)
Is there an ear sharp enough to hear the sigh of withering roses? (Arthur Schnitzler)
Summer is marked no less by its flies and mosquitoes than by its roses and starry nights… (Marcel Proust)
Do not erect monuments. Let the rose every year to its glory only bloom. (Rainer Maria Rilke)
A revolution is not a bed of roses. (Fidel Castro)
The imagination that creates illusions is like a rosebush that blooms roses in every season. (N. Chamfort)

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