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
Gather the rose of love whilst yet is time.
- Edmund Spenser
If there were nothing else to trouble us, the fate of the flowers would make us sad.
- John Lancaster Spalding
Take time to smell the roses.
- Thom Bodebt