Today as in the time of Pliny and Columella, the hyacinth flourishes in Wales, the periwinkle in Illyria, the daisy on the ruins of Numantia,
while around them cities have changed their masters and their names, collided and smashed, disappeared into nothingness,
their peaceful generations have crossed down the ages as fresh and smiling as on the days of battle.
- Edgar Quinet
Every rose has its thorn: You never find a woman without pins and needles.
- Douglas Jerrold
The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.
Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.
- Walt Whitman