The nature of This flower is to bloom.
- Alice Walker
Red rose, proud rose, sad rose of all my days!
Come near me, while I sing the ancient ways.
- William Butler Yeats
Observe this dew-drenched rose of Tyrian gardens
A rose today. But you will ask in vain
Tomorrow what it is, and yesterday
It was the dust, the sunshine, and the rains.
- Christina rosetti
When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
- Chinese Proverb