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What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

--William Shakespeare

Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet.

--Katharine Lee Bates

Would Jove appoint some flower to reign, in matchless beauty on the plain, the Rose (mankind will all agree). The Rose the queen of flowers should be.

--Sappho

The Rose is without an explanation; She blooms, because She blooms.

--Angelus Silesius

You can see a rose both in two ways. First, through its beautiful petals. The other, through its thorns.

--Aries Eroles

If you don't feel the pointed things in life, you'll soon take the soft ones for granted.

--John Everson

The sweetest flower that blows,
I give you as we part.
For you it is a Rose,
For me it is my heart.

--Frederick Peterson

A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.

--Anonymous

Real beauty is in the fragility of your petals. A rose that never wilts isn't a rose at all.

--Crystal Woods

Roses fall, but the thorns remain.

--Dutch Proverb

The voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses.

--E. E. Cummings

Love grows in the heart like a rose, if no one is there to care and look after that, it loses freshness and dies.

--Ehsan Sehgal

A rose by any other name would cost as much.

--Evan Esar

The best rose-bush, after all, is not that which has the fewest thorns, but that which bears the finest roses.

--Henry Van Dyke

The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.

--John Boyle O'Reilly

Don't compare her to sunshine and roses when she's clearly orchids and moonlight.

--Melody Lee

Before man's fall the rose was born,
St. Ambrose says, without the thorn;
But for man's fault then was the thorn
Without the fragrant rose-bud born;
But ne'er the rose without the thorn.

--Robert Herrick

Gather ye rosebuds, while ye may.

--Robert Herrick

Longer Version:

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may, Old Time is still a flying: And this same flower that smiles to day, Tomorrow will be dying.


Rose! Thou art the sweetest flower that ever drank the amber shower;
Even the Gods, who walk the sky, are amourous of thy scented sigh.

--Thomas More

Loveliest of lovely things are they,
On earth, that soonest pass away.
The rose that lives its little hour
Is prized beyond the sculptured flower.

--William C. Bryant

Each one of us has it in themselves to be a free spirit, just as every rose bud has in it a rose.

--Rudolf Steiner

Yet, O thou beautiful rose!
Queen rose so fair and sweet.
What were lover or crown to thee,
without the clay at thy feet?

--Julia Caroline Dorr

You can lose more than you thought possible and still grow back, stronger than anyone imagined.

--Alexander Chee

When he takes me in his arms, and speaks to me softly, I see the world through rose-colored glasses.

--Edith Piaf

People tell me all the time I should stop and smell the roses, but I can't. I'm always thinking of what I can do to make what I have better and do more.

--Eddie Trunk

Days of wine and roses laugh and run away, like a child at play.

--Johnny Mercer

If you really screw up, send roses.

--Letitia Baldrige

Live in Thorns but always enchant the hearts with your fragrance.

--Alok Jagawat

And the shower of roses spun around me, inviting me to take part in their ever-present waltz.

--Gina Marinello-Sweeney

A red, red rose, all wet with dew, With leaves of green by red shot through.

--Edith Nesbit

There's some language of flowers stuff that says what color roses mean what things. So I got you all the colors of roses they had because you're everything.

--Lauren Dane

It's never easy to lose. But life is not all sunshine and roses.

--AB de Villiers

A rose to the living is more than sumptuous wreaths to the dead.

--Nixon Waterman

When you transplant a rose, transplant the reddest one.

--Marty Rubin

The point is to turn your grief into love. The roses are helping you find grace.

--Holly Lynn Payne

A mother's love is like an everlasting bed of roses, that continues to blossom. A mother's love bears strength, comfort, healing and warmth. Her beauty is compared to a sunny day that shines upon each rose petal and inspires hope.

--Ellen J. Barrier

She did not need anyone else's love when she had roses.

--Holly Lynn Payne

Every summer, like the roses, childhood returns.

--Marty Rubin

Love is the only thing in this whole universe, that can make the roses grow out of the swords.

--Akshay Vasu

I've come to believe that the true splendor of roses shine through their reflection in the eyes of our loved ones. That is why we give roses to people we love; to show them the reflection of beauty and splendor of love in our own eyes, as we see it in their eyes.

--Mawuena Addo

Roses are like kamikaze love pilots.
Roses are like suicide love bombers.

--Olivia Sudjic

Until we're pushing up daisies, it might be good to remind ourselves daily that everything's coming up roses -- for me and for you.

--Gina Barreca

It takes a loyal gardener to tend roses.

--Sondra Faye

I looked at you and only saw beautiful because legendary is the ability of a woman's mind to weave fields of roses from thorns.

--J. Autherine

She's not particularly fond of red roses;
too common, unoriginal, everyday-ish,
but give her the rare rose, black or blue,
to complement her melancholy spirit and dark soul
and she lights up
like the brightest star on the darkest night.

--Melody Lee

You might be an admirer of roses, but pardon me, I am a worshiper of their roots.

--Sw. Chidananda Tirtha

Don't care about the things they say about you, my dear. They envy your strength, and they hate the way how you grow roses out of your wounds.

--Akshay Vasu

In a world full of roses, stand out like a dandelion in the middle of a green, plush lawn!

--June Stoyer

I haven't given up, I said. I've just decided to live for my roses.

--Alex Flinn

The world needs more roses far more than it needs more basketball players.

--Pat Conroy

I've never wanted roses
to resist wilting
more than I do now.
That's how I know
that I want this love
to last.

--Najwa Zebian

I walk in the rain and cry with it. I rise with the sun and set with it. I bloom with the rose and fall with it.

--Jenim Dibie

Historically, rose petals were valued for their medicinal qualities than their aesthetic qualities. Rose has antidepressant properties.

--Amy Leigh Mercree

The gentle rose offers a powerful joy known only to the heart.

--Andrew Pacholyk

Roses aren't any less beautiful because they don't live long. No one looks at them and thinks, man, what a tragedy they'll only be around for a little while. You just appreciate them while they're there. Or if you don't, you're missing the point.

--Sophie Cameron

She who loves roses must be patient and not cry out when she is pierced by thorns.

--Sappho

Deceptive things, roses. Pretty, and delicate, it's no wonder everyone wants to pluck them. Such a good thing they've got thorns to keep them safe.

--Cambria Covell

The language of roses shifts under our feet. It blows in and out like the wind. It carries the fragrance of the flower and then it is gone...It is how we learn to speak about something that is disappearing as we say its name.

--Helen Humphreys

There were crimson roses on the bench; they looked like splashes of blood.

--Dorothy L. Sayers

Women show men beauty in things beyond their ambitions. Women tell men to stop and smell the roses.

--Criss Jami

When life is not coming up roses
Look to the weeds
and find the beauty hidden within them.

--L. F. Young

I will admit you are the finest if not the loveliest rose in the garden. But you see, my dear, I was looking for a sunflower.

--Richelle E. Goodrich

There was something rather blousy about roses in full bloom, something shallow and raucous, like women with untidy hair.

--Daphne du Maurier

Roses! I swear you men have all your romance from the same worn book. Flowers are a good thing, a sweet thing to give a lady. But it is always roses, always red, and always perfect hothouse blooms when they can come by them.

--Patrick Rothfuss

You can't have a pain-free life. It can't all be roses and unicorns.

--Mark Manson

A rose must remain with the sun and the rain or its lovely promise won't come true.

--Ray Evans

My lady's presence makes the roses red, because to see her lips they blush for shame.

--Henry Constable

Smell the roses. Smell the coffee. Whatever it is that makes you happy.

--Rita Moreno

While mantling on the maiden's cheek Young roses kindled into thought.

--Thomas Moore

What though youth gave love and roses, Age still leaves us friends and wine.

--Thomas Moore

I can't have white roses. They symbolize death.

--Nina Arianda

There's so much to appreciate about my life every single day, and I make a big point of taking time to smell the roses and noticing how lucky I am. I never want to take that for granted.

--Josie Maran

Truths and roses have thorns about them.

--Henry David Thoreau

Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses, a box where sweets compacted lie.

--George Herbert

And he repents in thorns that sleeps in beds of roses.

--Francis Quarles

They are not long, the days of wine and roses.

--Ernest Dowson

Longer Version:

They are not long, the days of wine and roses. Out of a misty dream, our path emerges for a while, then closes, within a dream.


Everything's coming up roses -- for me.

--Ethel Merman

I know patients who bring a dozen roses to the doctor's office. And, boy, the next visit, nobody forgets that. You come in and hey -- 'Here's the lady who brought the roses' vs. 'Here's the lung cancer.'

--Bernie Siegel

We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory.

--Bernard Williams

I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden. Along with sunshine, there's got to be a little rain sometime.

--Lynn Anderson

She is a rose, beautiful to look at, thorny when riled.

--Virginia Alison

There is no rose without a thorn.

--Shelby Mahurin

A rose, isn't quite as beautiful as it once was, when after its thorn pricks you.

--Anthony Liccione

Love needs room to grow. Like a rose. Or a tumor.

--Christopher Moore

Consider the rose...The rose is the sweetest smelling flower of all, and it's the most beautiful because it's the most simple, right? But sometimes, you got to clip the rose. You got to cut the rose back, so something sweeter smelling and stronger, and even more beautiful, will grow in its place.

--Billy Crystal

Longer Version:

Consider the rose...The rose is the sweetest smelling flower of all, and it's the most beautiful because it's the most simple, right? But sometimes, you got to clip the rose. You got to cut the rose back, so something sweeter smelling and stronger, and even more beautiful, will grow in its place.


Friendship is like a rose. . . opening one petal at a time, only as it unfolds. . . day by day it reveals its true beauty.

--Joan Walsh Anglund

Gather the roses of life today.

--Pierre de Ronsard

One may live without bread, not without roses.

--Jean Richepin

If the rose puzzled its mind over the question how it grew, it would not have been the miracle that it is.

--William Butler Yeats

The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem
For that sweet odour which doth in it live.

--William Shakespeare

The rose is without 'why'; it blooms simply because it blooms. It pays no attention to itself, nor does it ask whether anyone sees it.

--Angelus Silesius

Gather the rose of love whilst yet is time.

--Edmund Spenser

Just remember, during the winter, far beneath the bitter snow, that there's a seed that with the sun's love in the spring becomes a rose.

--Bette Midler

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.

--Ben Hogan

I will soothe you and heal you, I will bring you roses. I too have been covered with thorns.

--Rumi

In the garden of thy heart, plant naught but the rose of love.

--Bahá'u'lláh

The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.

--George William Curtis

Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.

--Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Fewer things are lovelier to me than a full-blown rose when it opens up its heart.

--Audrey Hepburn
close up photo of pink rose

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