close-up photography of yellow sunflowerPhoto Credit: Johan Nilsson

72 Bright and Beautiful Sunflower Quotes, Lyrics, and Sayings

Sunflowers are unique and special flowers and here we have gathered a bunch of beautiful sunflower quotes that express exactly that.

The sunflower head is not one flower, but up to thousands of tiny ones, and one head can produce 1000-2000 seeds. Sunflowers are food plants for many species - and were used to make bread by many Native Americans. Sunflower oil is a great source of iron, calcium, and vitamins A and D.

Sunflower heads actually contain motor cells that let them move to track the sun. What an amazing flower! So much to love about these beauties! No wonder they have caught the eye of so many artists, including greats like Picasso and van Gogh.

Sunflowers are most commonly cited to be associated with the following: happiness, optimism, honesty, longevity, peace, admiration and devotion.

There are 70 species (Genus = Helianthus) of sunflowers and they all originated in the Americas... and we present to you 70+ quotes about sunflowers - enjoy!

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Quote: I think your love would be too much
Or you'll be left in the dust
Unless I stuck by ya
You're the sunflower
You're the sunflower by author Post Malone overlaid on photo of woman standing between sunflower field during daytime
Photo Credit: Olia Nayda

I think your love would be too much
Or you'll be left in the dust
Unless I stuck by ya
You're the sunflower
You're the sunflower

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I know you're scared of the unknown ('known)
You don't wanna be alone (alone)
I know I always come and go (and go)
But it's out of my control
And you'll be left in the dust
Unless I stuck by ya
You're the sunflower
I think your love would be too much
Or you'll be left in the dust
Unless I stuck by ya
You're the sunflower
You're the sunflower (yeah)


Quote: I want to be like a sunflower; so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight. by author Unknown Author overlaid on photo of sunflower head

I want to be like a sunflower; so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.


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.


Quote: Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of woman standing on sunflower field
Photo Credit: Jayson Hinrichsen

Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do.


Quote: A rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose.
All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that's like women too. by author Miranda Kerr overlaid on photo of shallow depth of field photography of sunflower

A rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose.
All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that's like women too.


Quote: A sunflower field is like a sky with a thousand suns. by author Corina Abdulahm-Negura overlaid on photo of sunflower in field

A sunflower field is like a sky with a thousand suns.


Quote: The road to freedom is bordered with sunflowers. by author Martin Firrell overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of sunflower
Photo Credit: Papaver rhoeas

The road to freedom is bordered with sunflowers.


Quote: Pick up a sunflower and count the florets running into its centre, or count the spiral scales of a pine cone or a pineapple, running from its bottom up its sides to the top, and you will find an extraordinary truth: recurring numbers, ratios and proportions. by author Charles Jencks overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Jencks with quote

Pick up a sunflower and count the florets running into its centre, or count the spiral scales of a pine cone or a pineapple, running from its bottom up its sides to the top, and you will find an extraordinary truth: recurring numbers, ratios and proportions.




Quote: Wherever the sun goes
The sunflower will follow
Through all of the pain
And all of the sorrow. by author Londrelle overlaid on photo of yellow sunflower in glass vase
Photo Credit: Cath Smith

Wherever the sun goes
The sunflower will follow
Through all of the pain
And all of the sorrow.


Quote: Ah Sunflower, weary of time
Who countest the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller's journey is done. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of woman standing between sunflower field during daytime
Photo Credit: Olia Nayda

Ah Sunflower, weary of time
Who countest the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller's journey is done.


Quote: We're all golden sunflowers inside. by author Allen Ginsberg overlaid on photo of sunset sunflower

We're all golden sunflowers inside.


Quote: And the yellow sunflower by the brook, in autumn beauty stood. by author William Cullen Bryant overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of sunflower
Photo Credit: Papaver rhoeas

And the yellow sunflower by the brook, in autumn beauty stood.




Despite knowing they won't be here for long, they still choose to live their brightest lives -- sunflowers.


Quote: Turn your face to the sun, and shadows follow behind you. by author Maori Proverb overlaid on photo of sunflower petals - well florets

Turn your face to the sun, and shadows follow behind you.


Quote: You look beautiful as a sunflower 
and charming as a rose. by author Avijeet Das overlaid on photo of selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers
Photo Credit: Blake Cheek

You look beautiful as a sunflower
and charming as a rose.


Quote: Do you know where the sunflowers' lights go when they die? by author Adriani Putri overlaid on photo of yellow sunflowers under white clouds and blue sky
Photo Credit: Yoshi Sugimoto

Do you know where the sunflowers' lights go when they die?


Quote: The head of all flower heads is one flower; the sunflower in the sky, that gives the others vivid color stemming from the inside. by author Curtis Tyrone Jones overlaid on photo of yellow sunflower in close up photography
Photo Credit: Di Maitland

The head of all flower heads is one flower; the sunflower in the sky, that gives the others vivid color stemming from the inside.


Quote: What god does a sunflower believe in? That's the god I believe in. by author Marty Rubin overlaid on photo of selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers
Photo Credit: Blake Cheek

What god does a sunflower believe in? That's the god I believe in.




Quote: Mom has a massive sunflower for a soul so big there's hardly any room in her for organs. by author Jandy Nelson overlaid on photo of shallow depth of field photography of sunflower

Mom has a massive sunflower for a soul so big there's hardly any room in her for organs.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Mom has a massive sunflower for a soul so big there's hardly any room in her for organs. Jude and me have one soul between us that we have to share: a tree with its leaves on fire. And Dad has a plate of maggots for his.


Quote: She is a sunflower! She brings hope to people. by author Avijeet Das overlaid on photo of selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers
Photo Credit: Blake Cheek

She is a sunflower! She brings hope to people.




Quote: If roses tried to be sunflowers, they would lose their beauty; and if sunflowers tried to be roses, they would lose their strength. by author Matshona Dhliwayo overlaid on photo of woman standing between sunflower field during daytime
Photo Credit: Olia Nayda

If roses tried to be sunflowers, they would lose their beauty; and if sunflowers tried to be roses, they would lose their strength.


Quote: Sunflowers end up facing the sun, but they go through a lot of dirt to find their way there. by author J. R. Rim overlaid on photo of yellow sunflower in glass vase
Photo Credit: Cath Smith

Sunflowers end up facing the sun, but they go through a lot of dirt to find their way there.


Quote: But one, the lofty follower of the Sun, Sad when he sets, shuts up her yellow leaves. Drooping all night; and, when the warm returns, Points her enamoured bosom to his ray. by author Unknown Author overlaid on photo of photo of author Unknown Author with quote

But one, the lofty follower of the Sun, Sad when he sets, shuts up her yellow leaves. Drooping all night; and, when the warm returns, Points her enamoured bosom to his ray.


Quote: Bring me then the plant that points to those bright Lucidites swirling up from the earth, and life itself exhaling that central breath! Bring me the sunflower crazed with the love of light. by author Unknown Author overlaid on photo of photo of author Unknown Author with quote

Bring me then the plant that points to those bright Lucidites swirling up from the earth, and life itself exhaling that central breath! Bring me the sunflower crazed with the love of light.


Quote: I faced the gaudy sunflower on her canvas bag -- it looked hand-painted and at last my eyes fell into hers. I said, 'Thanks for the card.' Her smile put the sunflower to shame. She walked off. by author Jerry Spinelli overlaid on photo of sunflower with clear glass vase on gray table
Photo Credit: NordWood Themes

I faced the gaudy sunflower on her canvas bag -- it looked hand-painted and at last my eyes fell into hers. I said, 'Thanks for the card.' Her smile put the sunflower to shame. She walked off.


Quote: The Sunflow'r, thinking 'twas for him foul shame
To nap by daylight, strove t' excuse the blame; 
It was not sleep that made him nod, he said, 
But too great weight and largeness of his head. by author Abraham Cowley overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Cowley with quote

The Sunflow'r, thinking 'twas for him foul shame
To nap by daylight, strove t' excuse the blame;
It was not sleep that made him nod, he said,
But too great weight and largeness of his head.


Quote: The author O. Henry taught me about the value of the unexpected. He once wrote about the noise of flowers and the smell of birds--the birds were chickens and the flowers dried sunflowers rattling against a wall. by author Chuck Jones overlaid on photo of photo of author Chuck Jones with quote

The author O. Henry taught me about the value of the unexpected. He once wrote about the noise of flowers and the smell of birds--the birds were chickens and the flowers dried sunflowers rattling against a wall.


Quote: Man would not be man if his dreams did not exceed his grasp... 
If I remember the sunflower forest it is because from its hidden reaches man arose. The green world is his sacred center. In moments of sanity he must still seek refuge there. by author Loren Eiseley overlaid on photo of woman in blue dress standing on green grass field during daytime
Photo Credit: Hannah Busing

Man would not be man if his dreams did not exceed his grasp...
If I remember the sunflower forest it is because from its hidden reaches man arose. The green world is his sacred center. In moments of sanity he must still seek refuge there.






Quote: Unholy battered old thing you were, my sunflower
O my soul, I loved you then! by author Allen Ginsberg overlaid on photo of yellow sunflowers
Photo Credit: Sarah Le

Unholy battered old thing you were, my sunflower
O my soul, I loved you then!


Quote: As for marigolds, poppies, hollyhocks, and valorous sunflowers, we shall never have a garden without them, both for their own sake, and for the sake of old-fashioned folks, who used to love them. by author Henry Ward Beecher overlaid on photo of red and white petaled flower close-up photography
Photo Credit: Evie S.

As for marigolds, poppies, hollyhocks, and valorous sunflowers, we shall never have a garden without them, both for their own sake, and for the sake of old-fashioned folks, who used to love them.


Quote: My work is the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird -- equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums. by author Mary Oliver overlaid on photo of light yellow sunflower head

My work is the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird -- equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.


Quote: I am working with the enthusiasm of a man from Marseilles eating bouillabaisse, which shouldn't come as a surprise to you because I am busy painting huge sunflowers. by author Vincent van Gogh overlaid on photo of yellow sunflower
Photo Credit: Cindy Bonfini-Hotlosz

I am working with the enthusiasm of a man from Marseilles eating bouillabaisse, which shouldn't come as a surprise to you because I am busy painting huge sunflowers.


Quote: My will broke at the sound of his voice, and my head turned with as much inevitability as a sunflower turning its face to the sun. by author Patricia Briggs overlaid on photo of woman standing between sunflower field during daytime
Photo Credit: Olia Nayda

My will broke at the sound of his voice, and my head turned with as much inevitability as a sunflower turning its face to the sun.




Quote: Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others are plain, honest and upright, like the broad faced sunflower and the hollyhock. by author Henry Ward Beecher overlaid on photo of woman in blue dress standing on green grass field during daytime
Photo Credit: Hannah Busing

Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others are plain, honest and upright, like the broad faced sunflower and the hollyhock.










Quote: Sunflowers are like people to me. by author Joan Mitchell overlaid on photo of sunflower with sunglasses under blue sky during daytime

Sunflowers are like people to me.




Quote: I chose a sunflower because when darkness descends they close up to regenerate. But I really wish I'd never had the tattoo in the first place. Clean, clear skin is always better. by author Halle Berry overlaid on photo of sunflower with clear glass vase on gray table
Photo Credit: NordWood Themes

I chose a sunflower because when darkness descends they close up to regenerate. But I really wish I'd never had the tattoo in the first place. Clean, clear skin is always better.


Quote: The earth paints a portrait of the sun at dawn with sunflowers in bloom. Unhappy with the portrait, she erases it and paints it again and again. by author Rabindranath Tagore overlaid on photo of sunflower against blue wooden fence

The earth paints a portrait of the sun at dawn with sunflowers in bloom. Unhappy with the portrait, she erases it and paints it again and again.


Quote: Space for the sunflower, bright with yellow glow, To court the sky. by author Unknown Author overlaid on photo of sunflower in hand

Space for the sunflower, bright with yellow glow, To court the sky.


Quote: Attention shifted to him like sunflowers turning to the sun. by author Khaled Hosseini overlaid on photo of sunflowers everywhere

Attention shifted to him like sunflowers turning to the sun.


Quote: We're all beautiful golden sunflowers inside, we're all blessed by our own seed and golden hairy naked accomplishment (Sunflower Sutra). by author Allen Ginsberg overlaid on photo of field of gorgeous amazing sunflowers

We're all beautiful golden sunflowers inside, we're all blessed by our own seed and golden hairy naked accomplishment (Sunflower Sutra).




Quote: Which way will the sunflower turn surrounded by millions of suns? by author Allen Ginsberg overlaid on photo of sunflower
Photo Credit: Domenico Gentile

Which way will the sunflower turn surrounded by millions of suns?


Quote: True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time. by author Marie Williams Johnstone overlaid on photo of skinny sunflowers in bouquet

True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time.




Quote: Light-enchanted sunflower, thou
 Who gazest ever true and tender
 On the sun's revolving splendour. by author Pedro Calderon de la Barca overlaid on photo of yellow sunflowers
Photo Credit: Sarah Le

Light-enchanted sunflower, thou
Who gazest ever true and tender
On the sun's revolving splendour.


Quote: The morning glories and the sunflowers turn naturally toward the light, but we have to be taught, it seems. by author Richard Rohr overlaid on photo of close up shot of white flower
Photo Credit: Christian Widell

The morning glories and the sunflowers turn naturally toward the light, but we have to be taught, it seems.


Quote: Who knows what may lie around the next corner? There may be a window somewhere ahead. It may look out on a field of sunflowers. by author Joe Hill overlaid on photo of woman standing between sunflower field during daytime
Photo Credit: Olia Nayda

Who knows what may lie around the next corner? There may be a window somewhere ahead. It may look out on a field of sunflowers.


Quote: The sunflower is a favorite emblem of constancy. by author Thomas Bulfinch overlaid on photo of person holding yellow sunflower bouquet
Photo Credit: Eugenia Clara

The sunflower is a favorite emblem of constancy.


Quote: Make it like a sunflower. by author Steve Jobs overlaid on photo of person holding sunflower
Photo Credit: Milan Popovic

Make it like a sunflower.


Quote: The sunflower is mine, in a way. by author Vincent van Gogh overlaid on photo of van gogh spray paints sunflower

The sunflower is mine, in a way.


Quote: Her smile put the sunflower to shame. by author Jerry Spinelli overlaid on photo of woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field
Photo Credit: Lauren Richmond

Her smile put the sunflower to shame.


Quote: Because a rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose. by author Miranda Kerr overlaid on photo of blooming yellow sunflower field
Photo Credit: Timothy Eberly

Because a rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Because a rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose. All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that's like women too.


Quote: In the morning the sunflower blossoms due to the sun's rays. This morning I just wanted to remind you that my heart blossoms with love for you everyday I wake up and it is going to do that forever. by author Sheila Carey overlaid on photo of sunflower with clear glass vase on gray table
Photo Credit: NordWood Themes

In the morning the sunflower blossoms due to the sun's rays. This morning I just wanted to remind you that my heart blossoms with love for you everyday I wake up and it is going to do that forever.


Quote: If I were a flower.. I would be a sunflower. To always follow the sun, Turn my back to darkness, Stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds. by author Unknown Author overlaid on photo of photo of author Unknown Author with quote

If I were a flower.. I would be a sunflower. To always follow the sun, Turn my back to darkness, Stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds.


Quote: Never look directly at the sun. Instead, look at the sunflower. by author Vera Nazarian overlaid on photo of sunflower
Photo Credit: Domenico Gentile

Never look directly at the sun. Instead, look at the sunflower.


Quote: Does she realize she looks like a sunflower, ready to rain sunlight on all who look down upon her? by author Simone Elkeles overlaid on photo of sunflowers in vase

Does she realize she looks like a sunflower, ready to rain sunlight on all who look down upon her?




Quote: I don't know why, but I love sunflowers, and I just have this vivid memory of being in a field of sunflowers and how they felt like trees. They felt so tall. by author Oksana Masters overlaid on photo of common sunflower

I don't know why, but I love sunflowers, and I just have this vivid memory of being in a field of sunflowers and how they felt like trees. They felt so tall.


Quote: I think it's something to do with the nurturing side of the psyche; tying up a sunflower or whatever and helping it grow, it is just some kind of core human experience. by author Joe Lycett overlaid on photo of tilt shift lens photo of sunflower
Photo Credit: Artur Aldyrkhanov

I think it's something to do with the nurturing side of the psyche; tying up a sunflower or whatever and helping it grow, it is just some kind of core human experience.


Quote: Yellow is my favorite summer color -- it makes me feel like a sunflower. by author Bria Vinaite overlaid on photo of sunflower on couch

Yellow is my favorite summer color -- it makes me feel like a sunflower.


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