Silently a flower blooms,
In silence it falls away,
Yet here now,
at this moment,
at this place,
The world of the flower,
the whole of the world is blooming.
This is the talk of the flower,
the truth of the blossom.
The glory of eternal life is fully shining here.
- Zenkei Shibayama
To me, the meanest flower that blows can give thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.
- William Wordsworth
This old world that we're livin' in is might hard to beat.
You get a thorn with every rose But - ain't the roses sweet?
- Frank Stanton
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
- Jean Giraudoux