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A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.
– Chinese Proverb
Far-off, most secret and inviolate Rose,
Enfold me in my hour of hours.
– William Butler Yeats
O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly play’d in tune!.
– Robert Burns
A rose is a rose is a rose.
– Gertrude Stein
That which God said to the rose,
and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty,
He said to my heart,
and made it a hundred times more beautiful.
Their lips were four red roses on a stalk.
– William Shakespeare
Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.
– Alphonse Karr
Don’t strew me with roses after I’m dead.
When Death claims the light of my brow
No flowers of life will cheer me: instead
You may give me my roses now!
– Thomas F. Healey
True friendship is like a rose: we don’t realize its beauty until it fades.
– Evelyn Loeb
When love first came to Earth, the Spring
Spread rose-beds to receive him.
– Thomas Campbell
God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December.
– J. M. Barrie
Every rose that is sweet-scented within,
That rose is telling of the secrets of the Universal.
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.
– Dale Carnegie
If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I’d be picking roses for a lifetime.
– Swedish Proverb
In the orchard and rose garden
I long to see your face.
In the taste of Sweetness
I long to kiss your lips.
In the shadows of passion
I long for your love.
‘Tis the last rose of summer
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone.
– Thomas Moore
This world that we’re a livin’ in
Is mighty hard to beat.
You get a thorn with every Rose
But ain’t the roses sweet?
– Frank Stanton
If thou canst but thither,
There grows the flower of Peace,
The Rose that cannot wither,
Thy fortress and thy ease.
– Henry Vaughn
And the rose like a nymph to the bath addrest,
Which unveiled the depth of her glowing breast,
Till, fold after fold, to the fainting air,
The soul of her beauty and love lay bare.
– Percy Bysshe Shelley
The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.
The perfume of roses are like exquisite chords of music composed of many odor notes harmoniously blended.
– N. F. Miller
‘For if I wait,’ said she,
‘Till time for roses be,
For the moss rose and the musk rose,
Maiden-blush and royal-dusk rose,
What glory then for me In such a company?
– Roses plenty, roses plenty
And one nightingale for twenty?’
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.
– Victor Hugo
There comes a holy and transparent time
when every touch of beauty opens the heart to tears.
This is the time the Beloved of heaven is brought tenderly on earth.
This is the time of the opening of the Rose.
Days of wine and roses
Laugh and run away, Like a child at play.
– Johnny Mercer
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden.
– T. S. Eliot
A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.
There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.
– Henri Matisse
Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense.
– Mark Overby
What was said to the rose that made it open was said
to me here in my chest.