Roses grow among thorns. [ Proverb ]
Roses have their prickles. [ Proverb ]
With roses musky-breathed,
And drooping daffodilly.
And silver-leaved lily,
And ivy darkly-wreathed,
I wove a crown before her.
For her I love so dearly. [ Tennyson ]
Roses fair on thorns do grow:
And they tell me even so
Sorrows into virtues grow. [ Dr. W. Smith ]
Gather roses while they bloom,
Tomorrow is yet far away.
Moments lost have no room,
In tomorrow or today. [ Gleim ]
If man come not to gather
The roses where they stand,
They fade among their foliage.
They cannot seek his hand. [ Bryant ]
Fall silently like dew on roses. [ Dryden ]
Young roses kindled into thought. [ Moore ]
There are no roses without thorns. [ Proverb ]
Do not the bright June roses blow
To meet thy kiss at morning hours. [ William Cullen Bryant ]
Roses fall, but the thorns remain. [ Dutch Proverb ]
And I will make the beds of roses. [ Marlowe ]
I remember, I remember
The roses, red and white.
The violets, and the lily-cups
Those flowers made of light!
The lilacs, where the robin built,
And where my brother set,
The laburnum on his birthday -
The tree is living yet. [ Hood ]
See how the orient dew
Shed from the bosom of the morn
Into the blowing roses
(Yet careless of its mansion new
For the clear region where it was born)
Round in itself incloses,
And in its little globe's extent
Frames, as it can, its native element. [ Andrew Marvell ]
Roses, and pinks, and violets, to adorn
The shrine of Flora in her early May. [ Keats ]
I'd be a butterfly, born in a bower,
Where roses and lilies and violets meet. [ Thomas Haynes Bayly ]
Many have sought roses and found thorns.
Not more the rose, the queen of flowers,
Outblushes all the bloom of bower,
Than she unrivalled grace discloses;
The sweetest rose, where all are roses. [ Moore ]
Oh! roses and lilies are fair to see;
But the wild bluebell is the flower for me. [ Louisa A. Meredith ]
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows;
Quite over-canopies with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine. [ William Shakespeare ]
From every blush that kindles in thy cheeks.
Ten thousand little loves and graces spring
To revel in the roses. [ Nicholas Rowe ]
Roses have thorns, and silver fountains mud;
Clouds and eclipses stain both moon and sun. [ Shakespeare ]
The lilies faintly to the roses yield.
As on thy lovely cheek, they struggling vie. [ Hoffman ]
Blown roses hold their sweetness to the last. [ Dryden ]
The slender acacia would not shake
One long milk-bloom on the tree;
The white lake-blossom fell into the lake
As the pimpernel dozed on the lea;
But the rose was awake all night for your sake,
Knowing your promise to me;
The lilies and roses were all awake.
They sighed for the dawn and thee. [ Tennyson ]
The rising blushes, which her cheek over spread,
Are opening roses in the lily's bed. [ Gay ]
Say that she rail; why then I'll tell her plain.
She sings as sweetly as a nightingale;
Say that she frown; I'll say she looks as clear
As morning roses, newly washed with dew;
Say she be mute and will not speak a word,
Then I'll commend her volubility
And say she uttereth piercing eloquence. [ William Shakespeare ]
Truth, like roses, often blossoms upon a thorny stem. [ Hafiz ]
A solitary blessing few can find,
Our joys with those we love are intertwined,
And he whose wakeful tenderness removes
The obstructing thorn that wounds the breast he loves,
Smooths not another's rugged path alone,
But scatters roses to adorn his own.
Oh, let us fill our hearts up with the glory of the day
And banish every doubt and care and sorrow far away!
For the world is full of roses and the roses full of dew,
And the dew is full of heavenly love that drips for me and you.
[ James Whitcomb Riley ]
We see roses die and revive again; it is not so with our fine days. [ Charleval ]
If you lie upon roses when young, you will lie upon thorns when old. [ Proverb ]
Honor women! they entwine and weave heavenly roses in our earthly life. [ Schiller ]
It never rains roses; when we want more roses, we must plant more trees. [ George Eliot ]
Honor women! They strew celestial roses on the pathway of our terrestrial life. [ Boiste ]
Women, like roses, should wear only their own colors, and emit no borrowed perfumes. [ Rabbi Ben Azai ]
Sweet tastes have sour closes; and he repents on thorns that sleeps in beds of roses. [ Quarles ]
The brain women never interest us like the heart women; white roses please less than red. [ Holmes ]
I think I am quite wicked with roses. I like to gather them, and smell them till they have no scent left. [ George Eliot ]
The coming spring would first appear, and all this place with roses strew, if busy feet would let them grow. [ Waller ]
Beautiful are the roses of your youth; but time destroys them; only talents, only virtue age not and never die. [ Pfeffel ]
There are only two beautiful things in the world - women and roses; and only two sweet things - women and melons. [ Malherbe ]
In the mouths of many men soft words are like roses that soldiers put into the muzzles of their muskets on holidays. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]
Her cheeks blushing, and withal, when she was spoken to. a little smiling, were like roses when their leaves are with a little breath stirred. [ Sir P. Sidney ]
When you doubt between words, use the plainest, the commonest, the most idiomatic. Eschew fine words as you would rouge, love simple ones as you would native roses on your cheek. [ J. C. Hare ]
Rarity gives a charm: thus early fruits are most esteemed; thus winter roses obtain a higher price; thus coyness sets off an extravagant mistress; a door ever open attracts no young suitor. [ Martial ]
Learn, O student, the true wisdom. See yon bush aflame with roses, like the burning bush of Moses. Listen, and thou shalt hear, if thy soul be not deaf, how from out it, soft and clear, speaks to thee the Lord Almighty. [ Hafiz ]
It is the qualities of the heart, not those of the face, that should attract us in women, because the former are durable, the latter transitory. So lovable women, like roses, retain their sweetness long after they have lost their beauty. [ Lamartine ]
At the morning hour, when the half-awakened sun, trampling down the lingering shadows of the west, spreads his ruby-tinted tresses over jessamines and roses, drying with cloths of gold Aurora's tears of mingled fire and snow, which the sun's rays converted into pearls. [ Calderon ]
Nature is sanitive, refining, elevating. How cunningly she hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew! Every inch of the mountains is scarred by unimaginable convulsions, yet the new day is purple with the bloom of youth and love. [ Emerson ]
If flowers have souls, said Undine,
the bees, whose nurses they are, must seem to them darling children at the breast. I once fancied a paradise for the spirits of departed flowers.
They go, answered I,
not into paradise, but into a middle state; the souls of lilies enter into maidens' foreheads, those of hyacinths and forget-me-nots dwell in their eyes, and those of roses in their lips. [ Richter ]