Thursday, May 2, 2013

Favourite Quotes

Earth laughs in flowers.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Amen of nature is always a flower. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light. – Theodore Roethke

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. – Buddha

Perfumes are the feelings of flowers. – Heinrich Heine

If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. – Audra Foveo

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.  – Greek Proverb

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.  – Abram L. Urban

I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green. – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden. – Orson Scott Card

The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth, One is nearer God's heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth. – Dorothy Frances Gurney

To garden is to let optimism get the better of judgment. – Eleanor Perenyi

Despite the gardener's best intentions, Nature will improvise. – Michael P. Garafolo

A garden is the best alternative therapy. – Germaine Greer

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. – Cicero

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. – Martin Luther

You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters. – Saint Bernard

A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible. – Welsh Proverb

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus

To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a heaven in a Wild Flower,

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour.

William Blake

Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace. – Kent Nerburn

Butterflies are self propelled flowers.  - R.H. Heinlein

Moss covered paths between scarlet peonies,

Pale jade mountains fill your rustic windows.

I envy you, drunk with flowers,

Butterflies swirling in your dreams

-Ch'ien Ch'I (translated by Kenneth Rexroth)

The violets prattle and titter, And gaze on the stars high above. – Heinrich Heine


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