Quotes - Water lilies

Water lily quotes by topic: Women and water lilies, Water lilies features, People and water lilies, Love and water lilies, Pond and water lilies, Frogs and water lilies, Moon and water lilies, Monet and water lilies, Nature and water lilies, Swamp and water lilies, Fairy tales and water lilies, Relationship and water lilies, Bloom and water lilies, Birds and water lilies, Lake and water lilies, etc.

Women and water lilies

When the young lady goes wandering with her blue bodice and her transparent wings, around the flower of the white water lily, you would think you saw the Florida hummingbird on a magnolia rose. (François-René de Chateaubriand)

She looked pale, mysterious, like a lily, drowned under water, he thought. (Virginia Woolf)

Amid the noise and buzz, she seemed a being apart, alien, solitary, like a water lily on some silent moon-lit pool. (Nathan Gallizier)

Elastic figure, graceful as the weeping willow, was formed to float through the dance like the water lily on the surface of the stream. (Catherine-Anne Austen Hubback)

I have shaken loose. Like the lily, I rest on the deep water’s surface. Not knowing the journey’s end, I rest in nature’s embrace. (Patricia Robin Woodruff)

The water lilies on the banks
look at Me at night;
The flowers look like virgins;
The soul of things shines. (Victor Hugo)

Water lilies features

The pond-lily is a star and easily takes the first place among lilies; and the expeditions to her haunts, and the gathering her where she rocks upon the dark, secluded waters of some pool or lakelet, are the crown and summit of the floral expeditions of summer. (John Burroughs)

To dream of a water lily, or to see them growing, foretells there will be a close commingling of prosperity and sorrow… (Gustavus Hindman Miller)

Water lilies also occur in many places as a narrow border at the edge of deep water. (Harley Bakwel Sherman)

You only see the top of a lily pad, but if you pull the lily pad out of the water, it has roots and tangled weeds and all the stuff that comes with it. (Trevor Hall)

The scientific explanations offered for the opening and closing of the water lily is that the flower is closed under sunlight and that the opening takes place under darkness. (Jagadis Chandra Bose)

Say it with flowers: pissoir water lily! (Lionel Chrzanowski)

People and water lilies

My light was faint, my face pale as the water lily that, torn from its stem, has been drifting for weeks with the tide. (Hans Christian Andersen)

When I’m working in the barn or house, I often think of all the errors I’ve made in my life. But then I quickly put that behind me and think of water lilies. They will always eradicate unpleasant thoughts. (Tasha Tudor)

When the water lily, by dint of getting bigger, has occupied the surface of the pond, it ends up suffocating and dying. It is therefore the transformation of the world into a vast zone of misery that is the future of humanity. (Bernard Maris)

When you’re on top and you lead the parade, everyone’s there throwing lilies and lilac water on your head. But when those parades have gone by and there’s a storm in your heart, there are very few people that are going to sit there and listen to you bemoan life. (Sylvester Stallone)

Night goes away, leaving a bouquet of water lilies on the single bed. In the morning, the caretaker sees the bouquet. He questions the madman who does not answer and from then on, in the arms of the straitjacket, the unfortunate will no longer leave his cell. (Robert Desnos)

Love and water lilies

She leaned against him, adoring, wrapped in the delight of his love as a water lily is wrapped in its green sepals. (Grace Miller White)

He longed for the deep as she longed for the night sky and for white lilies floating on water – although she still tried to convince herself that love alone could feed her soul. (Cornelia Funke)

As the chalice of the water lily
sways brightly on the waves,
while in the bosom of the waters
its silent stalk entwines itself:
So, a luminous miracle, swims
dreamily in my soul
Above the deep, dark floods
of my love’s white blossom. (Viktor Blüthgen)

White water lilies, flowers of numbed waters
Whose whiteness makes ardent hearts cold,
Which you plunge into your tepid waters
When the sun shines there, White water lilies! (Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly)

Tired of motion, of the rhythms of motion,
Tired of the sweet play of our interwoven strength,
We lie in each other’s arms and let the palps
Of waterlily leaf and petal hold back
All motion in the heat thickened, drowsing air. (Kenneth Rexroth)

Pond and water lilies

If you purify the pond, the lilies die. (William Stafford)

The first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond clear water in it. Some shady trees leaned over it, and rushes and water-lilies grew at the deep end. (Anna Sewell)

I admire lolling on a lawn by a water-lilied pond to eat white currants and see goldfish: and go to the fair in the evening if I’m good. There is not hope for that –one is sure to get into some mess before evening. (John Keats)

In the water lily pond,
surrounded by reeds and trees,
the sky has space. (Else Pannek)

Quotes about pond

Frogs and water lilies

The water lily: raft of the frog. (Sylvain Tesson)

Just beyond the spot where the frog sat perched on a lily pad, there was a lovely water lily in bloom. (Effie Mae Hency Williams)

Ah! walks along the flowery banks, my friends the frogs who dreamed, with their bellies cool, on a lily pad. (Guy de Maupassant)

We cut sticks and looked for light poles, but none were found to be large enough to reach the frog, which was still yawning, its mouth open, on its lily pad. (Louis Pergaud)

Moon and water lilies

The sky was a midnight-blue, like warm, deep, blue water, and the moon seemed to lie on it like a water-lily, floating forward with an invisible current. (Willa Cather)

With lambent faces, mimicking the moon,
The water lilies lie;
Dotting the darkness of the long lagoon
Like some black sky. (Madison J. Cawein)

The silent water lily
Springs from the earth below,
The leaves all greenly glitter,
The cup is white as snow.
The moon her golden radiance
Pours from the heavens down,
Pours all her beams of glory
This virgin flower to crown. (Emanuel Geibel)

Monet and water lilies

It took me time to understand my water lilies. I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I grew them without ever thinking of painting them. (Claude Monet)

‘Water Lilies’ is an extension of my life. Without the woter the lilies cannot live, as I am without art. (Claude Monet)

Where Cezanne captured and intensified shards of the eternal (every pear far more sharply defined than it could be in life), Monet portrayed the changeability and flux of every moment. ‘The Water Lilies’ give you a jittery, amorphous sense of a world seen at the speed of light. (Jerry Saltz)

Nature and water lilies

Then summer dawned. The meandering river flows slowly. Yellow water lilies near the shore. There are steep clay cliffs above the river. In the thin air, swift birds chirp and soar. (Fyodor Sologub)

The Thève rustled to our left, leaving eddies of stagnant water at its bends where yellow and white water lilies bloomed. (Gérard de Nerval)

And the wind rocked the pale water lilies;
The tall water lilies, between the reeds,
Sadly glistened on the calm waters. (Paul Verlaine)

Quotes about nature

Swamp and water lilies

Even the water lilies tremble at the idea that the bottom of the swamp can be cleaned up. (Stanislaw Jerzy Lec)

There is little living vegetation in these swamps, an occasional water lily being almost the only plant present. (Harley Bakwel Sherman)

Pale, tenderly bashful, Silent flowers
blossomed in the swamp wilderness,
White lilies, And reeds rustle around them. (Konstantin Balmont)

Fairy tales and water lilies

Perhaps that is where he saw Thumbelina sailing on a water lily. (Nelle E. Moore)

It is at night that the elves come out, With their wet robes on the edge, And on the water lilies carry off Their dead tired waltzer. (Theophile Gautier)

Under their glaucous and smooth leaves,
The white German water lilies
Cradle in the depths of their chalices
Pagan and charming tales. (Jean Lorrain)

Relationship and water lilies

He goes along just as a water lily
Gentle on the surface of his thoughts his body floats
Unweighed down by passion or intensity
Yet unaware of the depth upon which he coasts
And he finds a home in me
For what misfortune sows, he knows my touch will reap. (Fiona Apple)

Unique meeting! – Yes, it was a Thursday,
At the end of January; it was moonlight.
The ice cubes carried by the numbed river
Reminded us, so white on the shiny brown water,
The large water lilies picked during the summer… (Ernest D’Hervilli)

Bloom and water lilies

Nature seemed to have adorned herself for our departure with a profusion of fringes and curls, mingled with the bright tints of flowers, reflected in the water. But we missed the white water-lily, which is the queen of river flowers, its reign being over for this season…. Many of this species inhabit our Concord water. (Henry David Thoreau)

The pond whose sun warms the drowsiness
Is blooming, this morning, with beautiful white water lilies;
Some, out of the water, stand trembling,
And in the fragrant air their stem swings. (Edmond Rostand)

Quotes about bloom

Birds and water lilies

On the white water lilies, the bird bending its wings,
Drank from its pink beak in this charming pool. (Charles Marie Rene Leconte de Lisle)

A white swan circles in the water around the flower;
He sings so sweetly, so softly, And looks at the flower.
He sings so sweetly, so softly, and wants to fade into song –
O flower, white flower, can you understand the song? (Emanuel Geibel)

Lake and water lilies

Many parts of the lake were covered with the large floating leaves of a water lily (Nymphæa), which unfortunately was not in flower. (George Gardner)

How beautiful you are, you deep, blue lake!
The mild west hesitates to breathe on you,
and only the pure snow of the water lily
dares to emerge from your chaste bosom. (Heinrich Leuthold)

Stars and water lilies

There was her star, floating in the blue lake of the sky, like a water lily, where millions of lesser lilies blossomed. (Alice Muriel Williamson)

And the poet says that by starlight
You come seeking, in the night, the flowers that you picked
And that he has seen on the water, lying in her long veils
White Ophelia floating, like a great lily. (Arthur Rimbaud)

Memory and water lilies

The memory is barely a water lily showing, among the waters, its drowned face. (Jorge Carrera Andrade)

If you have forgotten water lilies floating
On a dark lake among mountains in the afternoon shade,
If you have forgotten their wet, sleepy fragrance,
Then you can return and not be afraid. (Sara Teasdale)

Death and water lilies

Swan flocks of lilies shoreward lying, In sweetness, not in music, dying. (John Greenleaf Whittier)

I have sat here happy in the gardens, Watching the still pool and the reeds And the dark clouds…. But though I greatly delight In these and the water lilies, That which sets me nighest to weeping Is the rose and white colour of the smooth flag-stones, And the pale yellow grasses Among them. (Richard Aldington)

Religion and water lilies

The lily and especially the aquatic lily, which is also called lotus or water lily, has always held a large place in the symbolic imagery of all religions. (Paul Claudel)

What is superficial is also often deep in clear natures such as Magdalen’s, like a water lily whose stem goes down a long way. (Mary Cholmondeley)

Gardening and water lilies

Bamboos and hybrid Water Lilies are responsible for much of the interest taken in good English gardening at the present time. (Ernest Thomas Cook)

A pool held water lilies; and the flowers that surrounded the pool and the house were also cut and brought indoors in great… (Maisie Ward)

Quotes about gardening

Painting and water lilies

This pond that you saw on a painting, lined with rushes, covered with water lilies… (Nathalie Sarraute)

About avant-garde painting: A vast enterprise of demolition, which begins by getting rid of cardinals, water lilies and naked ladies from academic painting. (Jean Paulhan)

Rain and water lilies

Anyone who has never felt the rain laughs at the water lilies. (Paul Eluard)

The water-lily, in the midst of waters, opens its leaves and expands its petals, at the first pattering of the shower, and rejoices in the rain-drops with a quicker sympathy than the packed shrubs in the sandy desert. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

Quotes about rain

Flowers and water lilies

If you are looking for roses without thorns, then rejoice Look at water lilies. (Mara Thöne)

Some water lily flowers were white and some were yellow and some were the palest pink. Dragonflies darted above the water, their iridescent wings catching the glint of the sunlight. (Alice Hoffman)

Quotes about flowers

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