Lone and erect, beneath light's primal flood,
A lily! and pure as any one of you.
I didn't know the names of the flowers
now my garden is gone.
- Allen Ginsberg
A flower's fragrance declares to all the world that it is fertile, available, and desirable, its sex organs oozing with nectar.
Its smell reminds us in vestigial ways of fertility, vigor, life-force, all the optimism, expectancy, and passionate bloom of youth.
We inhale its ardent aroma and, no matter what our ages, we feel young and nubile in a world aflame with desire.
- Diane Ackerman
I don't know whether nice people tend to grow roses
or growing roses makes people nice.
- Roland A Beowne